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What are key considerations for administrators when deciding whether to provide more single dorm rooms on campus?”

“Most freshman are in a fragile state during their first year and placing them in a single room can increase the feeling of isolation, leading to lower retention rates. They often need a ready-made roommate/buddy that can help ease the transition.

“However, on the other end of the spectrum, upper-level students often are looking for options to live on campus, but in their own controlled apartment-like environment.

Focus of institution 

Students with learning disabilities, ADHD and other emotional challenges who prefer living alone because of anxiety, Tourette’s Syndrome and other conditions

Enrollment 


Link to main story: College roommate not wanted


351 students in 2017-18

70%—Enrollment growth since 2013

60%—Approximate portion of students, including freshmen, requesting singles

Colleges and universities face growing pressure to offer students single rooms.

Vanessa Grigoriadis is the author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus (2017 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She is also a contributing editor at The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair.

If there’s one thing clear from Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus, it is that what you think you know about sex on campus is probably wrong.

Following the multiple hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast this past September, several higher ed institutions used unmanned aerial vehicles or systems—or drones—to assess damage on campuses and beyond.

Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., is president of Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa.

Increasingly, higher education is taking a larger role in providing opportunities for our veterans.

Attention to underserved students may be well spent on single mothers, a growing demographic on campus.

An emerging area involves ensuring students who have returned after being dismissed for poor academic performance stay on track to completion.

Officials at Webster University in Missouri noticed a number of graduate students had stopped registering for classes. Recognizing they did not have the staff resources to provide intensive support, they formed a pilot with InsideTrack, a company that partners with colleges to create adaptive coaching options.

Launched in fall 2017, the pilot included 511 students (including 101 online-only students) who receive specialized coaching.

The investigations into election interference by Russian interests using Facebook and Twitter ads underscores the influence that digital advertising can have on opinions and behaviors.

Event management systems have given schools greater control over everything from booking spaces to ordering food, linens and equipment.

Those of us in higher education and in the nonprofit sector know the importance of effective storytelling, yet we often fall prey to telling stories that we want to tell instead of what our audiences desire to read or hear.

ESL ASSIST—Computer science student Yihan Liu,  who is from China, signs out an Amazon Dot Echo from his Arizona State residence hall. He plans to use the device to improve his English. (Charlie Leight/ASU Now).

Arizona State has partnered with Amazon to offer free Echo Dot smart speakers to about 1,600 students, most of whom live in the new Tooker House residential hall.

Thinking beyond painfully slashing big line items, higher ed leaders can realize significant savings in finding smaller cuts that, all together, add up to make a huge impact.

The Trump administration’s plan to phase out DACA by not accepting new applicants is another shift in immigration laws that leaves many students unsure of their status on and off campus.

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