The Mountaintop Experience
Published on Oct 11, 2013
At Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, we have always prepared students to put knowledge into practice. Building on our strong foundation, we are defining a new centerpiece in our development of the next generation of leaders and problem-solvers, one focused on posing big questions and seeking answers, where students learn to take risks and productively chart their own territory, where professors are guides, mentors and fellow explorers, in an environment emphasizing hands-on learning and unconstrained by traditional disciplinary boundaries. Mountaintop is not a research lab. It is not a business incubator. It is not just another interdisciplinary workspace. Mountaintop will transcend all existing models in higher education, and it will do so by returning higher education to its roots—by focusing not only on the questions, and not only on the answers, but rather on the processes that come before and after each: inquiry, exploration, and discovery.