The Missouri Innovation Campus is an evolution of traditional education models that recognizes the need for the preparation, replication and integration of the workplace environment. The rising cost of higher education dictates the need for an alternate delivery model that focuses on the integration between the workplace and the classroom, allowing them to become extensions of each other. The program was developed in concert with the University of Central Missouri, Lee’s Summit School District, local industry participants, and Gould Evans’ education design leadership to create a new type of academic campus – one that supports the most accelerated degree program in the country.
The facility translates design trends from the contemporary workplace, supporting flipped classroom instructional models in a self-directed learning setting. Students work in open learning studios rather than traditional classrooms and laboratories. The distinctions are blurred among spaces for lecture, lab, meeting, work and community, enabling students to gain competency-based skills at their own pace. In many departments, traditional classroom spaces do not exist at all, and are replaced by open learning environments that are geared towards team-based learning across classes and disciplines. Each department is organized around a central “Ideation Commons” that acts as entry to the department, an extension of the learning environment and a place to develop social networks. The eight departments are clustered around a shared “campus commons” – an internal hub where high school and college students intermingle.
“I want the entire country to notice the innovation happening here [at Missouri Innovation Campus], and I want other colleges to take a look at what’s being done here as well." - President Barack Obama
Architect of Record
Lee's Summit School District and the University of Central Missouri
Design Concept Award, Association for Learning Environments, 2016
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Video showing President Obama talking about the Missouri Innovation Campus Project (watch video)