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UW Moves Forward with Housing Plan, Capacity Study

July 26, 2017

Seeking to update its residence halls and more precisely determine its enrollment capacity, the University of Wyoming is enlisting the services of outside firms.

The UW Board of Trustees last week approved the expenditure of up to $300,000 for development of a 10-year housing plan by KSQ Design, a national planning, architecture, engineering and interior design company that specializes in campus planning and student life facilities.

The housing plan stems from UW’s desire to upgrade its outdated residence halls and increase enrollment, two goals identified in the university’s new strategic plan. Previous studies have concluded that UW’s residence halls do not meet the expectations of today’s students, putting the university at a competitive disadvantage with competitor institutions.

UW Residence Life and Dining Services manages seven residence halls, housing about 2,100 students; and accompanying dining facilities. The last new residence hall, White Hall, was built in 1967, and the last comprehensive housing and facilities plan was prepared in 2001.

Meanwhile, the university is soliciting proposals from firms for a study of UW’s enrollment capacity, including the possibility of offering reduced tuition rates for some out-of-state students. An Aug. 7 deadline has been established for firms to submit proposals.

As planned, the study will look at UW’s enrollment capacity within current resources, as well as the marginal cost of adding more students. UW’s new strategic plan calls for growing enrollment from 12,366 at present to 13,500 in 2022.

Additionally, the study will examine the possibility of reducing out-of-state tuition for students from Colorado and Nebraska, including the reductions needed to attract those students -- and the level of growth needed to overcome any losses in current tuition revenues from Colorado and Nebraska students.

A bill that passed the Wyoming House last spring proposed a special UW tuition rate for residents of Nebraska and Colorado.

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