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Mandatory Dorm Life?

Here’s a thing for you to ponder.  What do you think about the University of Idaho’s pending plan to have all freshmen live on campus? 

Associated Press - UI may make all freshmen live on-campus

MOSCOW — The University of Idaho wants to make all first-year students live on campus — a move that officials say could boost university housing revenue by nearly $400,000 and campus dining services by $300,000.
UI President Duane Nellis has approved the proposal, and the school will present it to the State Board of Education on Thursday.

School leaders say the move would also boost residence hall occupancy by 100 students, and could raise the number of students who return from college after their first year from 79 percent to 85 percent.

UI Vice Provost Bruce Pitman says Nellis is pushing the school to improve student retention rates.

If the proposal is adopted, it would go into effect in 2010.

I went to Eastern for college.  I had to BEG my parents to let me live on campus.  But first, I had to show I was committed to college by living at home for my Freshman year, saving every penny I made, and paying for room and board myself.

UI thinks that having the Freshmen live on campus will encourage them to come back for their Sophomore year.  I disagree.  If anything, I think the added expense of living on campus will be a deterrent.  What say you? 


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