Sunday, March 10, 2013

Funding Interests of K College Students

     A recent study conducted by two Kalamazoo College students on what K college students want more funding for showed some interesting results!  Areas of the school that were tested included athletics, the cafe, housing, campus buildings, clubs, study spaces, and the weight room.  The results showed that students want more funding to go toward housing, closely followed by the cafe.  The weight room was also among the interest of the students as these three areas of the school are what students said should be more funded.
     On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 saying funding is needed, 1 saying funding is not needed) housing scored a 3.8, the cafe scored a 3.75, and the weight room scored a 3.56.  However, when it came to asking students how much more money they would provide for funding they found many excuses to avoid it.  32 of the 48 surveyed students said they would not provide anymore money in excess to tuition.  Many of these students comments included that tuition is "too much already" or "where is the money I'm already paying going?"  A surprising finding in our study showed that athletics was the least of K college students concerns for funding.  Scoring only a 2.75 on the 1 to 5 scale, athletics was the lowest score of all areas by a significant amount.  If the school department listens to what the students want don't be surprised to see some new changes in the cafe, bigger and better dorms, or new equipment in a larger sized weight room.

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