Albertson College of Idaho Board of Trustees Approve Additional Residency Requirement
2006. 10. 11.
Given growing enrollment and recognizing the value of the residential experience, the Albertson College of Idaho Board of Trustees approved Friday lengthening the number of years students are required to live on campus.
The move was recommended by a student life committee consisting of students, faculty, staff and administration, chaired by the 2005-2006 Student Body President Sara Weller and Dean of Students Paul Bennion. The recommendation was approved pending the opening of a new residential hall on campus designed for upper division students.
"We are a residential campus and we value the education that occurs beyond the walls of the classroom, this policy supports that value," Bennion said. "The move also brings the college into consistency with the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation."
In researching residency requirements at other schools the student life committee found that of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation, 64 have a requirement of three years or more. Research by higher education expert Alexander W. Astin, among others, overwhelmingly shows students who live on campus tend to be more likely to stay at the school, are more involved in campus life, connect better with faculty, are more likely to be successful after graduation, and may perform better in the classroom.
"More students living on campus also means a more vibrant campus community," Student Body President Chris Rifer said. "There is an even greater energy with more students living on campus."
Over the past three years, the college has seen an increase in upperclassman living on campus. The decision by the board puts into policy a trend that is already happening on the campus.
Under the new residency requirement students, depending on their class year, will have the option of living in the dorms, the college owned apartments known as The Village, fraternity houses, or houses surrounding the campus owned by the college.
"Upperclassmen are looking for independent living options," Bennion said. "Both The Village apartments and the campus houses fulfill the need for independent while still ensuring students remain connected to campus."
It is anticipated that the three year residency requirement will go into effect in fall 2009 pending construction of additional dormitories. The Board of Trustees also approved a resolution to seek funding for a 120-140 bed residence hall designed for upper division students, but delayed approval of funds to begin residence hall design activities.
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