The infrastructure for active learning requires a new architecture for student success in today’s and tomorrow’s world. Advances in technology open new possibilities for how faculty teach and how students learn. Taken together, Norwich University’s physical plant demonstrates the institution’s commitment to engaged teaching and learning.
Recently, Norwich underwent a major renovation of three landmark buildings and added a new academic building, Mack Hall, intentionally designed to shape our campus for the next century. Mack features room for collaboration, labs that spur experimentation, and spaces that ignite discourse and unite diverse views. Home to the Computer Science and Computer Security and Information Assurance majors, Mack Hall contains spacious classrooms, a cybersecurity operations center, performing arts center, and case-study rooms. Mack Hall also boasts a state-of-the-art, 400-seat auditorium. The building’s facilities can support the hosting of interdisciplinary tabletop exercises.
Other active-learning spaces include the studios for the university’s radio station, WNUB-FM, located in the Communications Building. The Engineering, Math, and Science Complex contains the university’s Information Technology Services office and the majority of the campus’s independent computer labs; the Science Complex also features updated natural-science laboratories including biochemistry, chemistry, geology, microbiology, neuroscience, and physics. The Kreitzberg Library has a catalog of more than 240,000 books, about 45,000 electronic journals, and a collection of federal government publications. The Norwich University Archives and Special Collections houses rare books and unique source materials relating to military history, the history of Vermont, and the history of the university. The library has group-study rooms, a service desk, and instructional technologies. Liberal arts and humanities are housed in buildings with fully renovated smart classrooms, seminar rooms, and language labs. Unequivocally, Norwich University is dedicated to creating and supporting space for engaged and transformative learning. These and many more dynamic, student-centered experiences are born out of a commitment of Norwich’s resources to its facilities.