New PSE campus promises no tests, homework, classes

October 23, 2013

The co-founder of clothing store Urban Outfitters, Scott Belair, has given Pennsylvania’s Lehigh University $20 million to turn former steel research labs into a satellite campus where students don't take tests, get assigned homework, or go to class. Instead, students who enrol in the "Mountaintop Project" will spend a semester innovating and creating solutions to the world's problems. "I envision a 24-hour campus with hundreds of students," says Belair. "A place where the ideas never stop coming. This is just the beginning. This is the future." Several students spent the summer working on pilot projects at the new campus, which is located near Lehigh's main campus and is still under construction. Students in the summer program came up with such creative ideas as prototypes for durable refugee housing and a new system for crop production and water filtration. Business Insider