No College Kid Needs a Water Park to Study
In a competition to woo students, public universities are increasingly offering lavish amenities that have nothing to do with education.
The latest trend is lazy rivers, which have been installed at several big institutions, including the Universities of Alabama, Iowa and Missouri. Last year, Louisiana State University topped them all with a 536-foot-long “leisure” river in the shape of the letters “LSU,” part of an $85 million renovation and expansion of its gym. It was L.S.U. students who footed the bill.
Originally published: January 9, 2018
Author: James V. Koch
Position: President Emeritus
Institution: University of Montana and Old Dominion University
Published by: The New York Times