The battle over college residential life

Stefanie Botelho's picture

It's often said that students go to college to learn. Yet the statement misses an important point in its simplicity. Students also go to college to live.

Politically, there are raging debates that continue in social media and often spill out into print about the development and direction of the academic program and the ideologies and faddishness that sometimes guide it. These debates over ideology, purpose, and outcomes will always take place. But what we miss sometimes is that much of the perception of college life arises from the thousand teachable moments that exist outside the college classroom. It's the place where students live.

It's also where students - and the colleges that accept them - are most likely to earn a black eye in the community.

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