A new study released recently by two Kalamazoo College students provides an interesting insight to the preferences of K students. The students were asked how satisfied they were with certain aspects of the college, and whether or not they were willing to pay more tuition to see these areas improved. These areas included student housing/dorms, athletics, clubs, study areas, the cafeteria, and the weight room. The areas of greatest concern according to the students were housing, the cafeteria, and the weight room. Those areas were in the most need of extra funding, according to students.
Students ranked all the areas on a scale of 1 to 5, with “1” meaning no additional funding was needed, and “5” meaning additional was needed. The top category in need of funding was student housing/dorms, with an average rating of 3.8 out of 5. The cafeteria came in a close second place with a rating of 3.75, and the weight room was third with 3.56. Coming in last was athletics with a mere 2.75 rating, which might be due to the fact that the football, soccer, and baseball teams all received brand new fields last year.
Interestingly, 67% of students were unwilling to pay any additional tuition to provide more funding for the selected area. Many believed they pay too much in tuition as it is. If any of the improvements that the students want to see are going to happen, it likely won’t be from a raise in tuition. Perhaps the college board members will choose to allocate the school funds differently so as to meet some of the wishes of the students. If they do, keep an eye out for cafeteria improvements, a better workout facility, and/or more spacious and comfortable dormitories.