Carroll College, Helena Montana

Community Living

Housing Occupancy/Building (2010-2011)

Campus housing fell below budget goal for the 2010-2011 academic year with 790 students signing housing contracts on a budget goal of 807 housing contacts. 

 Guad
Hall
St. Charles
Hall
Borromeo
Hall
Trinity
Hall
Total
Students
Contracts 333 207 45 205 790
Budget 350 230 48 179 807
Capacity 350 260 52 208 870
% Budget 95.1% 90.0% 93.8% 114.5% 97.9%
% Capacity 95.1% 79.6% 86.5% 98.6%% 90.8%


Source: Community Living Housing Occupancy Report

Housing Occupancy/Total Residents (2005-2010)

Carroll College has seen a steady increase of the percentage of residential students over the past five years from 55.4% in 2005-2006 to 63.9% in 2009-2010. Housing capacity has also increased over the past five years from 84.5% of adjusted building capacity (using the super-single format in Trinity Hall) to 95.0% of adjusted building capacity. A smaller enrollment in 2009-2010 produced less sophomore residents in campus housing for 2010-11.

Source: Student Life Report to the Board of Trustees, Fall 2010

 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-082006-07 2005-06 
Residents790  784 802 772 702 711
Residents/Full-Time Students 60.7% 63.9% 63.2% 62.2% 58.5% 55.4%
Residents/Adjusted Capacity 90.8% 95.0% 94.0% 91.8% 83.5% 84.5%

 
Source: Student Life Report to the Board of Trustees, Fall 2010

Grade Point Averages/On-Campus vs. Off-Campus

Carroll College students who live in campus housing typically have a higher semester grade point average than students who lived in off-campus housing.

  • Women living in campus housing scored above a 3.00 grade point average as freshmen (3.16 GPA), sophomores (3.27 GPA), juniors (3.51 GPA) and seniors (3.39 GPA) and achieved a higher grade point average than women living off-campus as freshmen (2.99 GPA), sophomores (2.96 GPA) and juniors (3.25 GPA). 
  • Men living in campus housing scored higher as freshmen (2.78 GPA)and above a 3.00 grade point average as sophomores (3.19 GPA), juniors (3.37 GPA) and seniors (3.21 GPA).  Men living off-campus score below a 3.000 grade point average as freshmen (2.66 GPA), sophomores (2.86 GPA), juniors (2.98 GPA) and seniors (2.93 GPA).

Grade Point Averages/On-Campus vs. Off-Campus (Fall 2008)

Women Freshmen Sophomores Juniors Seniors 
On-Campus
Housing 
 3.16 3.27 3.51 3.39
Off-Campus
Housing 
 2.99 2.96 3.25 3.39


Men Freshmen Sophomores Juniors Seniors 
On-Campus
Housing 
 2.78 3.19 3.37 3.21
Off-Campus
Housing 
 2.66 2.86 2.98 2.93


Source: Office of Instittutional Effectiveness, Carroll College

Student Satisfaction Inventory (2010)

The Student Satisfaction Inventory measures student importance and student satisfaction with items about the operations, services and attention students receive at the college. Students indicate on a scale of 1 to 7 (with 7 being the highest rating) their assessment of the item. Student importance and student satisfaction data are reported with benchmark data for national four-year private colleges. 

Item Carroll
College Student
Importance 
Carroll 
College Student
Satisfaction
Gap National
Four-Year Privates 
Student Importance
National
Four-Year Privates 
Student Satisfaction
Gap  
Living conditions in the residence halls are comfortable. 6.21 4.96 1.25   5.99 4.551.44 
Residence hall staff are concerned about me as an individual.  5.71 5.10 0.61 5.66 4.84 0.82
 Residence hall regulations are reasonable. 5.81 5.25 0.56 5.79 4.64 1.15


Carroll College students report that living conditions in the residence halls are important to them but they are less satisfied with the comfortableness of the facilities. The concern of residence hall staff and the reasonableness of residence hall regulations are less important to Carroll College students with less of a gap in satisfaction. As far as benchmark data, Carroll students scored importance levels and satisfaction levels on residence hall items higher than students at national four-year private colleges. In addition, Carroll students report less of a gap between importance and student satisfaction than students at national four-year private colleges.

Item Carroll
College Student
Importance 
Carroll 
College Student
Satisfaction
Gap National
Four-Year Privates 
Student Importance
National
Four-Year Privates 
Student Satisfaction
Gap  
The student handbook provides helpful information about campus life. 5.17 5.15 0.02   5.68 5.140.54
Student disciplinary procedures are fair. 5.81 5.08 0.73 6.04 5.10 0.94
Channels for expressing student complaints are readily available.  5.81 4.52 1.29 6.02 4.72 1.30


Carroll College students report that importance and satisfaction with the student handbook providing helpful information are at acceptable levels. The fairness of student disciplinary procedures are important to Carroll students but with less satisfaction. Carroll students report a larger gap between the importance and satisfaction of having readily available channels for expressing student complaints. As far as benchmark data, Carroll students scored lower importance levels and comparable satisfaction levels for each of these items than students at national four-year private colleges. 

Student Life Annual Survey (2011)

The Student Life Annual Survey is administered each spring as an on-line survey. This year we had 384 students of the 1400 students enrolled for Spring 2010 submit responses.
 

1. What changes in campus housing would enhance your college experience? (Responses listed in rank order)
65.8%   More places to study in the building
51.9%   More lounges in the building
44.5%   More places to play in the building
37.8%   Less noise
32.9%   More no-roommate housing options
29.3%   More floor programs
28.8%   More all-hall programs
23.1%   Less rules
21.2%   Less supervision by staff
13.6%   More contact with faculty

 Strongly
Agree
Agree Disagree Strongly
Disagree 
Unable to
Evaluate
 
Living on campus has provided me with opportunities to meet people who have valuesa nd points of views different from mine. 33.0%49.7%   3.2%   1.4% 12.8% 
Living on campus has added to my educational experience at Carroll.  40.1% 36.6%  5.8%   3.0% 14.5% 
In campus housing, I am/was generally able to sleep when I wish. 13.6% 49.8% 15.4%   6.9% 14.3% 
In campus housing, I am/was generally able to study when I wish. 15.3% 51.7% 13.5%   5.6% 13.9% 
I would recommend campus housing at Carroll as a good place to live. 31.4% 44.0%   8.3%   4.4% 11.9% 


2. Please rank the importance of the following factors that would influence your decision to live off-campus.

  Very Important Somewhat Important Not Very Important Not Important At All Rating Average
 Cost 79.5% (276) 18.7% (65) 1.4% (5) 0.3% (1) 1.22
 Square Footage 25.5% (88) 43.2% (149) 26.4% (91) 4.9% (17) 2.11
 Independence 48.7% (167) 32.1% (110) 16.3% (56) 2.9% (10) 1.73
 No Meal Plan Required 45.1% (156) 28.3% (98) 19.9% (69) 6.6% (23) 1.88
 Number of Roomates 36.6% (126) 36.9% (127) 19.2% (66) 7.3% (25) 1.97
 Family/Friends-Owned Housing 32.6% (111) 27.1% (92) 23.8% (81) 16.5% (56) 2.24
 Less Rules or Supervision 29.9% (103) 24.9% (86) 34.5% (119) 10.7% (37) 2.26
 Medical Issues 14.3% (49) 21.0% (72) 33.2% (114) 31.5% (108) 2.82
 More Connection to Helena 15.7% (54) 22.4% (77) 43.3% (149) 18.6% (64) 2.65
 Less Noise 36.2% (124) 35.0% (120) 20.7% (71) 8.2% (28) 2.01
 Less Noise Control 17.1% (58) 31.5% (107) 37.4% (127) 14.1% (48) 2.49
 Ability to Have Pets 32.3% (110) 26.4% (90) 21.1% (72) 20.2% (69) 2.29
 Ability to Party 13.7% (47) 21.0% (72) 32.4% (111) 32.9% (113) 2.85
 Parking 30.0% (103) 38.2% (131) 21.3% (73) 10.5% (36) 2.12


3. Which amenities in an apartment or townhouse would motivate you to live in future campus housing?

  Very Important Somewhat Important Not Very Important Not Important At All Rating Average
 Private Bedroom 71.3% (244) 21.1% (72) 4.7% (16) 2.9% (10) 1.39
 Larger Bedrooms 54.1% (184) 30.9% (105) 10.0% (34) 5.0% (17) 1.66
 Private Bedrooms 58.1% (201) 26.3% (91) 11.0% (38) 4.6% (16) 1.62
 Kitchen 70.9% (244) 22.7% (78) 4.1% (14) 2.3% (8) 1.38
 Washer/Dryer 71.1% (244) 21.9% (75) 4.1% (14) 2.9% (10) 1.39
 Living Room 59.3% (204) 31.1% (107) 7.0% (24) 2.6% (9) 1.53
 Bike Storage 22.9% (78) 24.7% (84) 35.3% (120) 17.1% (58) 2.46
 Internet 80.2% (276) 15.4% (53) 1.5% (5) 2.9% (10) 1.27
 Cable TV 46.4% (159) 28.3% (97) 16.3% (56) 9.0% (31) 1.88
 Furniture Provided 43.7% (150) 35.9% (123) 15.2% (52) 5.2% (18) 1.82
 Card-Access Security 32.5% (111) 32.7% (112) 24.0% (82) 10.8% (37) 2.13
 Accessible Parking 57.1% (196) 30.9% (106) 7.9% (27) 4.1% (14) 1.59
 Community Lounge 25.9% (89) 34.7% (119) 32.1% (110) 7.3% (25) 2.21
 Community Recreation Room 24.0% (82) 36.8% (126) 30.7% (105) 8.5% (25) 2.24
 Community Exercise Room 38.5% (132) 38.5% (132 17.2% (59) 5.8% (20) 1.90


Master Planning (2009)

Carroll College hired the campus planning firm of Dober Lidsky Mathey to update the college's master plan. Exhibit 3.3 of the master plan compares the average amount of space in nine space types at colleges with enrollments below 2,500 surveyed by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) for the 2006 Campus Facilities Inventory Report. A sample of the exhibit provides these benchmarks:

Exhibit 3.3 - Comparison of Carroll Space to SCUP Peers

 Classrooms Labs Offices Library Athletic Residential 
SCUP Survey
Avg Space
 
 44,514 47,880  80,479 45,55888,566  223,622
SCUP Survey Avg per Student 26 28 48 27 53 133
Carroll Existing Space 42,096 29,640 47,851 34,097 45,439 139,880
Carroll Existing per Student 29 21 33 24 32 97
Carroll NASF at SCUP Averages 38,136 41,020 68,948 39,030 75,876 191,581

Dober Lidsky Mathey reported: "32 percent of the inventory is coded residential, forming the environment for student housing with a capacity of 845 beds, right on the College's target of housing 67 percent of its full-time enrollment of 1,241 students. The amount of residential space per student is lower than the peer group, and this is reflected in Carroll's very efficient dormitory-style housing in its older residential buildings--Guadalupe Hall (for first year students) and St. Charles Hall."
 
The firm recommended: "Develop an implementation plan for new student residences to accomplish the following goals:

  • Provide more beds to maintain a residential campus while accommodating enrollment growth.
  • Provide new housing environments to attract juniors and seniors to live on campus in greater numbers keeping their academic, organization, and social leadership skills where the entire student body can benefit from them. Apartment and townhouse style housing is very popular on other campuses and can be delivered through a number of creative financing methods.
  • Allow the existing housing stock that is retained to be upgraded to keep pace with student expectations.

Source: Centennial Plan, 2008-2009, Carroll College. Dober Lidsky Mathey. December 2009.

Student Engagement

17 Community Advisors
15 Kirchen Ministers
  3 Resident Technical Advisors 

Value to Campus

Please rate how valuable you believe each of these areas contribute to the quality of campus life at Carroll:

Campus housing for freshmen (Guad Hall)
65.3%   Highly Valuable
18.8%   Somewhat Valuable
  4.3%   Somewhat Lacking Value
  2.2%   Highly Lacking Value
  9.4%   Unable to Evaluate

Campus housing for sophomores (St. Charles/Borromeo Halls)
47.2%   Highly Valuable
23.5%   Somewhat Valuable
  6.0%   Somewhat Lacking Value
  6.7%   Highly Lacking Value
16.6%   Unable to Evaluate

Campus housing for juniors/seniors (Trinity Hall)
49.4%   Highly Valuable
22.6%   Somewhat Valuable
  6.5%   Somewhat Lacking Value
  3.4%   Highly Lacking Value
18.1%   Unable to Evaluate