A new book about the last 50 years at Worcester Polytechnic Institute asks a simple question: Can a small college of engineering—proud and tradition-rich, but well off the academic beaten path and on a shaky financial foundation—lead a revolution in technical education? And can it save itself in the process?
Those familiar with WPI today know that the answer to both questions is a decided "Yes." But the story of how that small, regional technical institute became one of world's most innovative and successful technological universities is a fascinating one.
It is told in the pages of True to Plan: Crafting an Educational Revolution Beneath the Two Towers, a 248-page, lavishly illustrated volume, by John Landry and Jeffrey Cruikshank. The new book was published by WPI in celebration of the university's 150th anniversary.
See sample pages from the new book (2 MB PDF).