College Planning & Management

JUN 2012

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LIVING ON CAMPUS WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE ECONOMY ON THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS, 44 PERCENT OF THE INSTITUTIONS REPORTED NO EFFECT. THIRTY-ONE PERCENT …And the Survey Says ENROLLMENT CONTINUES TO GROW, BUT TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN THOSE STUDENTS DEPENDS IN PART ON THE QUALITY OF HOUSING AT YOUR INSTITUTION. by DEB MOORE E NROLLMENT CONTINUES to grow at colleges and uni- versities across the country. Along with growing enroll- ment comes the need to provide more and better housing for students who plan to live on campus. Your ability to recruit new students and retain the students you have depends in part on the quality of campus housing at your institution. To fi nd out more about the housing is- sues facing colleges today, College Planning & Management surveyed administrators from two- and four-year colleges and universities nationwide. The 2012 Living on Campus Survey was completed by 209 of your colleagues from 45 states. The respon- dents were responsible for more than 2,500 residence hall buildings — new and old, large and small. Here is what they had to say. Forty-four percent reported a lack of suffi cient space in response to the question "How much residence hall space does your campus currently have?" Only three percent reported having surplus space. Despite the shortage of residence hall space, only 25 percent of the institutions surveyed reported that they are currently in the process of Space How much residence hall space does your campus currently have? Is your institution planning to increase the number of residence hall beds on campus? Yes, under- way now Suffi cient Too Little 44% 53% Too Much 3% Who will own and operate the new residence halls being planned? University owns and operates................................ Private developer owns and operates.................... Private developer owns, university operates......... University foundation owns and operates............. University foundation owns, university operates.. Other........................................................................ 2% 10% 1% 6% 11% 36 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JUNE 2012 WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM 70% No, no plans 36% 25% Yes, within 5 years 39% REPORTED AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS, WHILE ONLY 25 PERCENT REPORTED A DECREASE. increasing the number of available beds. Seventy percent of the new residence halls being planned will be owned and operated by the university. Even if a private developer or university foundation has ownership of the buildings, most universities will still

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