NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ Mitchell College and the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus are negotiating an agreement for UConn students to fill empty Mitchell College dorm rooms.
It’s the latest effort by Mitchell College to cut costs and raise revenue. Last spring, it changed its mission statement to appeal to more students and laid off about half of the two dozen specialists in the academic support program for students with learning disabilities.
Due to a decrease in enrollment at Mitchell College and with more students moving into apartments off campus, the college has rooms to spare.
UConn Avery Point does not have dormitories. The Day of New London reports that Michael Alfultis, the campus director, said some parents want their children to live in a dorm, not in an apartment.
He says an agreement is tentative.
Alfultis said he’s excited at the prospect of housing a few students at Mitchell this fall, about 22 at first and possibly up to 80 in the future.
Students are already signing leases for the fall, so a memorandum of understanding being negotiated would have to be signed soon, he said. About 100 students live in apartments near the campus.
“This gives us the potential to offer to students outside our commuting radius the ability to come and take advantage of our high-caliber program and still be in a supervised, residential environment,” he said.
Mary Ellen Jukoski, president of Mitchell College, said money was not the main reason she approached Alfultis, but she says the additional money would help. Rather, she said her offer can strengthen the relationship between the two schools.
Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com
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