DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University’s unique intergenerational living and learning community Austin Manor is featured in a new commentary by John L. Gann Jr., a Chicago-area expert in economic development marketing.
The commentary, “The second senior class: New opportunities for colleges,” appeared in the Nov. 18 edition of The Davis Enterprise in California. In it, Gann states that other colleges and universities may benefit by emulating the Ohio Wesleyan concept.
“Scholarly research affirms the benefits to elders of daily association with young people,” Gann writes. “Frequent contact with older adults who are neither faculty nor doting relatives likewise benefits students, since it is with such people that they will have to interact with successfully once out of school. …
“In coming years it will be more incumbent than ever for colleges and universities to think outside the traditional academic box, as OWU has done, in putting its resources to productive use,” Gann states.
He also includes information about Austin Manor in his book, “The Third Lifetime Place: A New Economic Opportunity for College Towns.”
Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.