Community asked to participate in residence hall feasibility study

Tue Dec 6, 2016 at 04:31 PM

During the Northark’s Presidential Search last spring, all three finalists mentioned the addition of residence halls at North Arkansas College as a potential recruiting and retention tool. Northark has one of the lowest tuition rates in the state and that enables students to earn a high quality education at an affordable price. Unless students enroll in online classes, they have historically chosen between moving to Harrison and renting or living at home and driving to and from campus. 

Northark is exploring the feasibility of providing campus housing through a formal feasibility study. The College seeks input from students and the community it serves.   

The general public is invited to attend a Community Forum designed to gauge interest in campus housing on Monday, December 12 from 5-6 p.m. in the L.E. “Gene” Durand Center. Attendees will be asked what questions should be included on a student and community survey. The next steps will be development of the survey instrument to assess interest, along with assessing the current real estate market and demographics.

The firm of Anderson Strickler, LLC of Gaithersburg, Maryland has been hired by the North Arkansas College Foundation to conduct the study. 

Student focus groups will meet earlier in the day. Students will be asked what is needed, wanted, and valued in campus housing. Additionally, they will provide feedback on their opinions on academic, social, safety, and physical housing needs.

Dr. Rodney Arnold, vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the Northark Foundation is chairing the committee to explore campus housing. No taxpayer funds will be used to finance the project and the residence hall will not be located on college property.

The College expects results of the feasibility study by February 1, 2017.

North Arkansas College is committed to providing an educational and work environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence. No form of sexual discrimination will be tolerated. See the full North Arkansas College Title IX Policy and Procedures for the specific definitions of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including examples of such conduct.