menu

Urban Outfitter’s Co-Founder Opens Nontraditional College That Offers No Classes

Urban Outfitter’s Co-Founder Opens Nontraditional College That Offers No Classes
Design

Funded by Urban Outfitters' Scott Belair, the Mountaintop Project is a satellite college campus at Lehigh that is devoid of any traditional courses.

Daniela Walker
  • 4 november 2013

Urban Outfitters co-founder Scott Belair is investing $20 million in his alma mater, Lehigh University, to set up a satellite campus, currently known as the Mountaintop Project, where innovation is prized and traditional college curriculum is thrown out the window.

urban-outfitters-campus-lehigh3

Belair, who graduated from Lehigh in 1969 and went on to co-found Urban Outfitters a year later, made the endowment to regenerate two former Bethlehem Steel research facilities into a campus where Lehigh students can take a semester ‘abroad’ to gain a different educational experience.

The program has no set class list or lectures, rather students come to discuss and solve problems important to them, and are mentored by faculty members to work on whatever project inspires them. It is a self-directed approach to learning, and according to students who participated in the Mountaintop summer pilot project, it is a mind-opening experience.

Jacob Puzycki ’14, a physics major who examined issues around the educational use of 3D printing for students in developing countries, said:

I can say for sure that this project has changed the way I think about ‘work.’ It was the first time I’ve set the criteria for what success looks like and it built an important bridge between my college experience and the ‘real world.’

urban-outfitters-campus-lehigh

Belair believes that the program is not meant to replace traditional education schemes, but complement them. He told Business Insider:

It’s about new ways to do things. It’s not about startup companies and finding ways to make money. This is just another avenue for learning. The more people who are pursuing what they want as opposed to being told what to do, the better.

Lehigh University

Trending

Machine Printer Uses Coffee Drips To Create Intricate Portraits

Arts & Culture
Technology december 2, 2016

Why Nest Doesn't Get The Holidays

PSFK founder reacts to the damaging effects of poor email marketing

Children december 2, 2016

Robots Could Be Joining Dubai’s Police Force In 2017

The real-life RoboCops can salute, shake hands and collect traffic fines

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Travel december 2, 2016

Parka Hides And Charges Portable Devices

Bolt is a jacket that lets people carry and charge their various electronics without the need for an outlet

Food december 2, 2016

Yelp's New 'Yelfie' Feature Lets Diners Take Selfies

The update is designed to encourage people to attach a selfie when they share their experiences

Design & Architecture december 2, 2016

Build Your Own Savory Cheese Advent Calendar

A British food blogger has created a guide to building a different kind of holiday surprise

Fitness & Sport december 2, 2016

Floating Gym Concept In Paris Is Powered By Your Workout

The proposed design from Carlo Ratti Associati lets passengers ride a stationary bike as they travel through Paris along the Seine River

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Retail 2017
Transformation Strategies For Customer-First Business
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed december 1, 2016

Communications Officer: What This Holiday Season Means For Millennial Shoppers

Dallas Lawrence of the Rubicon Project shares why holiday cheer is all about likes, views and retweets

PSFK Labs december 1, 2016

Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

Syndicated december 2, 2016

What Does The Future Of Android Look Like In A World With The Pixel?

Google’s decision to make its own phone might have looked like a blow to the likes of Samsung but the reality is much more interesting

Retail december 2, 2016

Customer Service Expert: Why Offline Retail Has Better Data Than Online Retail

Healey Cypher, Founder and CEO of Oak Labs, shares why we should be thinking about the physical store as an e-commerce site

Fashion december 2, 2016

Alexander McQueen Designs A 3D-Printed Umbrella

3D-printed fashion arrives in time for the winter season

Work december 2, 2016

Why Training Associates To Be Advocates Is Key To Retail Success

In our Future of Retail 2017 report, PSFK Labs discusses strategies to prioritize customer service, which begins with associate advocates

Media & Publishing december 2, 2016

Netflix Creates Binge Candle To Celebrate A New Season Of Gilmore Girls

The streaming service developed a special layered candle that creates candle with episode-specific smells

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Arts & Culture december 2, 2016

Interactive Film Tells A Story About Living With Cancer

A moving song written by a father of a cancer patient comes alive in a 3D environment

Automotive december 2, 2016

Audi And LEGO Exhibit Autonomous Vehicle Installation

The installation at Design Miami explores the 25th hour, which represents bonus productive work or play time

No search results found.