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Strategic planning process for Scholarship Halls to commence

Monday, April 16, 2018

A year-long strategic planning process for KU Scholarship Halls will begin this spring and is expected to set future direction for the community’s development and success.

The process is will encompass three phases, including data gathering, setting priorities and drafting the plan, and implementation. This plan will be shared in the coming weeks, with both current students and alumni invited to the strategic planning process.

“We are looking at several aspects of scholarship hall living,” said Sarah Waters, KU Student Housing director, “with an eye toward meeting the needs of current and future students while honoring the contributions that alumni have made to this unique community.”

KU has renovated eight of its 12 scholarship halls in the past four years. Students in the scholarship halls do not have to have a scholarship to live there but pay a lower housing rate (the “scholarship”) because everyone completes four to six hours of weekly duties, such as cooking or cleaning for the 50-person community. “Schol Hallers” display a commitment to the cooperative living philosophy and an enthusiasm for passing along their Jayhawk traditions. 

More than $200,000 in annual scholarships to returning residents
Academic success: More than 94 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen in student housing enroll for the next semester
5,100 residents choose student housing each year
Residence hall rates are almost $2,000 less per year than the national average for public schools
— College Board
$4 million alumni gift funded Krehbiel Scholarship Hall
Options include suites, private bedroom with shared bath, two-person rooms, scholarship halls, and apartments
Oswald and Self residence halls opened in 2015
One bill covers all costs: room, food, utilities, and wireless Internet
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities