Magazine article University Business

Four-Year Housing Trend Takes off at NY Community College

Magazine article University Business

Four-Year Housing Trend Takes off at NY Community College

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A community college in upstate New York has seized on a residential life trend spreading rapidly at four-year institutions: the living-learning community.

The concept--meant to encourage campus engagement and retention--houses together students pursuing the same major or who have similar lifestyle interests. At Onondaga Community College, a dozen or so communities--which have grown from a single dormitory hallway to fill an entire building--are designed around themes such as wellness, criminal justice and STEM, says Cathleen Dotterer, the executive director of housing and campus services.

"In a community college course with many commuters, you, as a student, may not know how to contact them outside of class," Dotterer says. "Here, that natural tendency to develop conversations around course content is a lot easier. Now, you have a classmate on the same floor with the same text the next day."

About 270 students--representing approximately 30 percent of those who live on campus--will be a part of living-learning communities in the 2016-17 school year. Faculty--who teach the courses connected to each community--provide regular tutoring and test-review sessions in the residence halls. …

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