Bryant University believes that to impact the real world, you need to go beyond the textbook. Leadership requires experience, practice solving problems, and opportunities to collide with industry partners. You also need a space that inspires excellence and empowers students to push the boundaries of what's possible for learning. Bryant University's 50,000-SF Academic Innovation Center (AIC) does just that!
A ground-breaking resource for experiential learning, Bryant's AIC is prominently sited at the campus' main entrance. Boasting collaboration spaces that inspire creative problem solving and high-tech classrooms that encourage debate and communication skills, the AIC creates an environment conducive to innovative teaching and active learning.
At the heart of Bryant's ACI is the Innovation Forum — an immersive central core and activity hub. Here students gather for workshops, break into small groups, and meet with industry partners. Theory meets practice as faculty, students, and corporate partners gather to tackle real-world business challenges.
Curiosity, collaboration, and interactive teaching are clearly on display when stepping through the building's open and light-filled halls. Glass walls showcase energized students solving problems with one another while writing, sketching, and drawing on floor-to-ceiling whiteboards.
Ten classrooms surround the central Innovation Forum. Five are "tiered" classrooms, Inspired by the case study method of teaching. Five are "flat," featuring fully reconfigurable furniture to accommodate different pedagogies and classroom dynamics. Need a quiet moment to think? Find your way to one of the 24 study and breakout rooms available for student work.
The new Academic Innovation Center has measurably increased student engagement, energized the faculty, and attracted businesses to create opportunities for students to learn critical thinking skills and successfully transition into the workforce.