New CMC students will have to live on campus

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— All new students at Colorado Mountain College will be required to live on campus for their first year, beginning in the fall of 2000.

The on-campus residency requirement is the next step in further developing a student access and student success program that is being applied college-wide, CMC Student Services Dean Brian Hoza said.

"The Alpine Campus has been attempting to improve the live-on experience and help students be more successful in their first year," he said. "This is something we've been wanting to implement, but we haven't had the space to accommodate the entire new student class until now. Now that we have new residence halls, occupancy will allow for it."

There are typically about 230 to 250 new students each fall at CMC.

Although Hoza said community affordable housing issues were not related to the decision, he estimated that requiring all first-year students to live on campus will free up roughly 50 rental spaces in Steamboat Springs.

"Students who are living off-campus with seasonal employees and/or non-students creates a conflict situation. A full-time student's primary reason for being here should be school. With all the enticements of the community, keeping the new students on campus might help them when they find they're not prepared to stay on track," Hoza said. "These new students aren't really prepared to deal with off-campus housing and responsibilities in their first year."

Out of the 150 students registered for fall of 2000, only one or two have opposed the new requirement, he said.

The Leadville Timberline campus is instituting the same requirement this fall, and the Spring Valley campus in Glenwood Springs is considering it as well.

To reach Bonnie Nadzam call 871-4205 or e-mail bnadzam@amigo.net

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