The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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February 28, 2014

Crowder Board sets student housing rates

NEOSHO, Mo. — The Crowder College Board of Trustees on Friday approved room rates with a cost increase but with more options for the fall semester.

The board last month bought the 64-unit Roughrider Village apartment complex, west of campus, for $3.5 million.

The board set the rates there at $2,000 per semester per person for one bedroom, double occupancy; $3,000 for one bedroom, single occupancy; $2,700 for two bedroom, double occupancy; or $1,800 for two bedroom with four occupants.

At Brown Residence Hall, the rate is $1,065 per semester for double occupancy, which is a $31 increase. Triple occupancy is $860 per semester, a $24 increase.

Meal plans were set at $1,340 per semester for 19 meals a week; $1,250 for 14 meals; and $1,150 for 10 meals.

Because the rooms at Roughrider Village have kitchens, students there will have the option of having any of the meal plans, or none, said Mark Aubuchon, campus life coordinator.

The new apartment complex doubles the college’s housing capacity from 200 to 400 students.

“I can tell you there’s quite a buzz about the addition of Roughrider apartments,” said Jim Riggs, admissions director.

“This is really going to help Jim recruit where he’s never recruited before,” Aubuchon said.

They said it would no longer be necessary for international students to find other housing over Christmas break, because Roughrider Village apartments would remain open all year.

All the housing plans include a wireless Internet connection, satellite or cable television and membership to the Neosho YMCA.

“It’s a terrific value,” Riggs said outside the meeting. He said he was unaware of any community college that offered the variety of housing options that Crowder now does.

The college will honor the leases of nonstudents in the apartments through May.

Riggs also reported on spring enrollment numbers. They showed a decrease of 13 students, to 4,963, compared with last spring semester. Total credit hours were up by just over 1 percent, as was the full-time equivalent number.

Riggs said double-digit enrollment growth may be a thing of the past. He said the number of high school graduates is declining because of the population trend. He said fewer people are enrolling because the economy is improving. He said other community colleges are faring worse.

“If you look at the multiple location strategy we’re using, it’s working,” he said. Riggs said enrollment increased at some locations and decreased at others.

Glenn Coltharp, vice president of academic affairs, reported on an effort Crowder has undertaken with teachers and school officials in Neosho, McDonald County, Seneca, East Newton and Diamond districts to help prepare students for college and careers.

Cyndi Adamson, director of the Webb City campus, gave a progress report on construction of the new building there. She said though there have been 30 “weather days,” someone is always on-site working.

“We’re opening in the fall,” she said. “Nothing’s going to deter us.”


The Crowder College Board of Trustees on Friday approved retirements of Donna Thomas, director of the Nevada campus; nursing instructor Kristy Jones; and Mary Blackburn-Freeman, director of accounting and budget.


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