The Case for Residence: The Case for Residence Items to be discussed: Why Residences? Educational, developmental and financial matters – there is a bottom line issue that can be shown. Do you want housing or a “Residence Hall”? Traditional models vs P3 models – A “what not to do” example (also - read the report). Reasons for Residence: Reasons for Residence Marketing tool – “first year guarantee” Competition – everyone else has it and students/parents want it. Comfort level of parents and students Need – complicated issue – detailed market study. Theoretically, student development promotion and promotion of student success - both of which lead to $ in additional the educational/developmental issues. Self-sustaining at least. Characteristics of Experiences that Influence Student Learning: Characteristics of Experiences that Influence Student Learning Entail encounters with challenging ideas and people. Require active engagement with those challenges. Occur in a supportive environment. Emphasize meaningful, real-world activities. Involve relational, interpersonal activities. Invite or promote reflection and analysis. Taken from P. Terenzini , 2011 Question – where does this most naturally happen on your campus? Retention of Students: Retention of Students Cost of recruitment > cost of retention (by 40-65% depending on the university and program). 2 largest impacts on retention (staff related): Engagement with Faculty Residence Hall staff engagement 2 largest impacts on retention (general): Engagement with faculty Engagement with peers (hmmm…where does this happen frequently and on a deep level?) Commonalities – frequent contact; deeper levels of contact. ( Terenzini , 2011) More than a bed and a desk?: More than a bed and a desk? McGill: 52% of U0 class lived in rez in 08-09 Retention Rate Rez students: U0 = 93%; U1 = 94% Off rez students: U0 = 85%; U1 = 92% Carry over effect: the difference sustains across future years Losing one student after first year at McGill = $45000 over the next 3 years in tuition, fees and government funding (not including money spent on campus in food, books, housing, etc.) ** add $36000 for an international student Session GPA Rez Students (U0) = 3.04 Off Rez Student (U0) = 2.90 Carry over effect: difference sustains across future years Statistics above are statistically significant at 95%; 2004-2008 Similar statistics are found at most institutions and continue at McGill. Giving Back to McGill: Giving Back to McGill Primary drivers of engaged alumni related to extra-curricular activities: McGill was welcoming Opportunities to get involved McGill had good school spirit These and the other factors are all emphasized and promoted via residence. As the proportion that begin their career in residence expands, our impact in this area grows. These statistics mirror general trends in higher education ( Terenzini , 2011). P3 Models: What not to do: P3 Models: What not to do The initial McGill Experience with New Residence Hall Focus on profit generation, security, and vandalism. Little focus on “residence life” and community building or education. In 3 years: never generated enough revenue to pay the mortgage satisfaction levels lowest of all rez space on campus vandalism and incidents highest per capita In 6 years since return to Residences and Student Housing vandalism down to levels of rest of campus (low) satisfaction rates continue to climb conference business up 45% generating nearly $2M net after mortgage payment per year P3 Model Success Characteristics: P3 Model Success Characteristics Ernst and Young’s report is solid – read it regardless of who “owns” housing on your campus. 2 points that could be stressed more: Student assignments – important to not set up competition within a campus. Student life – if it is important, it cannot be seen as a 2 nd class citizen to profit and facilities management. Ok, that’s interesting, so what…: Ok, that’s interesting , so what… Residence, if it is to be more than the provision of an apartment, needs to feel like home and needs intentional efforts at creating and furthering that “feeling”. Retention rates, grades, learning and profits come from that atmosphere. Personal opinion (based on research, experience and education): If you do not need the help to get housing, do it yourself with the best people you can find. If you cannot do what you need by yourself – get help and keep your priorities/values front and centre. Retention rates and grades research does exist in Canada – it just isn’t published often. You can get it yourself. Student learning and development happens better by design AND it pays off in better students and $. That’s it, that’s all! Thanks for listening.