Administration Response to Increased Student Body

Administration Response to Increased Student Body

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One effect of welcoming the biggest class size in Babson’s history is stretched resources, and administration is working with the community to help alleviate the congestion.

45 minutes of last week’s Student Government Association (SGA) meeting was dedicated to identifying impacts of increasing student population. Dean Ward asked for feedback from the senators and students:

  1. What observations do students have related to more students being on campus?
  2. What impact (positive, negative, or otherwise) do larger numbers of students at Babson have on the student experience?
  3. What areas have been impacted the most? Academic? Dining, Housing, Etc?
  4. What changes, recommendations, or guidance do students have for me as Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA)/Dean Of Students (DOS)?

Common concerns are: the lack of study spaces and housing, long queues at meal times, classes and registration availability, and decrease parking spaces.

In response to lack of study spaces, Dean Lapp sent out an email with additional reserved study spaces in Gerber and Reynolds earlier this week. A suggestion to decrease Reynolds and Trim congestion is to offer optional meal plans to students living with kitchens in their dorm rooms (such as suites and doubles in Putney and Bryant). Dean Ward is working on updating the Registration system and identifying more solutions.

In addition, many students also expressed positive impacts of an increasing student body; more First Year students are using campus resources like the Writing Center, Center for Career Development, and other administrative offices.

While more students may mean more financial resources, these financial resources need to be effectively allocated; and sometimes, more money does not equal to more space. We all need to work together as a community to find solutions to this positive change at Babson.

If you have any ideas or feedback about this issue or any other issue, please voice your thoughts through your class senator or come to a SGA meeting on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in Trim 201/202; everyone is welcomed!

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Tips to finding your own study space on campus:

  • Spend an hour to walk around every building on campus; explore every nook to find a comfortable space that works for you because everyone has different requirements. Even in the library, I have specific spots that make me more productive than others.
  • Don’t forget classroom buildings like Olin Hall, Luksic, Tomasso, etc.
  • Ask upperclassmen for their favorite study spaces
  • Use Babson’s EMS System to book rooms ahead of time. You can book classrooms and conference rooms too!

Additional Study Spaces:

  • Olin Hall classrooms and common areas
  • Tomasso third floor exists a nice conference room (if it’s not being used)
  • Luksic hallway that leads into Blank Center
  • Blank Center first floor
  • Babson Hall also has a big, nice conference room that is usually free
  • Hollister lobby area has a great table and study space
  • Reynolds, Horn, Trim (obviously)
  • Your favorite classroom (or any classroom if it’s not being used)
  • Sorenson second floor
  • Glavin Chapel (when it’s not being used)
  • Any residence hall’s common room
  • West Hall’s innovation center, study rooms, and tall tables

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