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ERIC Number: EJ1118934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct-11
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
For Universities, Living Smaller Is Living Better
Brotman, Jay; Carlson-Reddig, Thomas
New England Journal of Higher Education, Oct 2016
As the national discussion about the affordability of U.S. higher education has become a pressing social topic, more university leaders are considering ways to reduce debt burdens and even tuition for today's college students. Housing is a big contributor and often an influence on cost increases for campus life. According to the College Board, the average annual cost of housing, transportation, books and fees at four-year, in-state public institutions is more than twice that of tuition itself. As universities are looking to more affordable approaches to student housing, an increasing number see value in reducing the footprint of housing or increasing the density of residential buildings. This has led to a nascent movement among some innovative universities of applying unique and often unexpected approaches to housing. These schools emphasize quality over quantity and focus on creating places for activities, rather than underutilized rooms. This article discusses the tiny living concept and how it is being adapted for college dorm living.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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