Claremont McKenna College is planning significant changes to its campus in coming years, including the construction of a new integrated sciences center, even as the school’s controversial withdrawal from the W.M. Keck Science Department remains up in the air.
Construction of the new 70,000-square foot Scripps Pitzer Science Center, which is expected to be completed by spring 2023, is set to begin later this spring.
The W.M. Keck Science Department’s long awaited expansion will finally break ground next semester. But it’ll eliminate a critical parking lot for faculty and staff that won’t be immediately replaced, a spokesperson said.
Claremont McKenna College hasn’t yet met the fundraising threshold needed to start its formalized three-year withdrawal process from the Keck Science Department, creating uncertainty about the plan’s timeline, Keck dean Ulysses Sofia told TSL.
For many students, STEM fields feel exclusive, and for good reason. Oftentimes, students have poor experiences in high school and feel they need to catch up after their first day in college STEM courses. Other students say they don’t feel welcome because they believe they don’t fit a certain mold