Residential Learning Communities – mandatory faculty and staff-led student housing


From the Trustees’ 2014-2019 Strategic Plan

“Over the next several years and beyond, we will redesign existing spaces and build additional residence halls in order to create  multiyear residential learning communities (RLC) that are faculty and staff-led.

“When the plan is fully realized, all first-year students will be assigned to an RLC, where they will live for their first two years on campus.  These communities, built around social and intellectual events, will complement the diverse array of activities we offer, including student groups, sports teams, Greek letter organizations. and opportunities for civic engagement.

“Our goal is to introduce the first RLC in the fall of 2015 in the updated Curtis and Drake residence halls, with a new RLC opening each subsequent year until a total of five are developed on the hill, housing all first and second-year students and community leaders. ..We also plan to build new residences totaling about 336 beds. New access roads and parking areas will be added to accommodate growth.

Each RLC will be led by a faculty director, and several other faculty affiliates will interact with residents regularly. Each RLC will have an “annex” relationship with a Broad Street residence, where junior and senior RLC officers will live and programming will take place. Each RLC will adopt its own unique traditions and activities that will create a sense of belonging – and enjoyment- for affiliated members.”

Q: How will Greek life fare with so many Colgate students traveling abroad in their junior year and with mandatory housing in an RLC for the first two years?  Do fraternities and sororities become nothing more than clubs like other Colgate or groups?

Q: With Broad Street residences (Greek houses) becoming an “annex” to a specific RLC, do fraternities and sororities lose their housing status?

Q: Planning for an additional 336 beds suggests an increase in the student body from its current 2,872 to about 3,200. Can Colgate retain its current ratio of 2.1 students to every 1 person on the Colgate payroll or will costs to attend increase to pay for more faculty and staff?

Q: Last semester, the Association for Concerned Collegians, a student group organized to force a discussion on diversity, presented the University with a list of “concerns and actions”.  The only request that the Administration refused to honor was one for multicultural sorority and fraternity houses.  Why?




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