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Dorm communities restyled for 3,000 fall 2005 freshmen
February 3, 2005

Most good ideas begin with a problem to be solved. The problem Washington State University’s Pullman campus faced was lack of student engagement outside the classroom. The solution: about 3,000 freshmen will be placed in Freshman Focus Living Communities for fall semester.WSU’s academic and student affairs leaders were made aware of the problem through the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which was administered to randomly selected freshmen and seniors last spring. The survey revealed WSU scored above average on providing a supportive campus environment but was lacking in the academic areas of collaborative learning, interaction with faculty and educational challenge and experiences. The NSSE … » More …