CU books hotel rooms to accommodate freshman class |

CU books hotel rooms to accommodate freshman class

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. ” The University of Colorado has reserved hotel rooms near campus for 40 students to help ease a housing crunch caused by a record-size freshman class this month.

Housing officials expect students sent to the Broker Inn will stay only about a week before moving to traditional dorm rooms that open up as some freshmen who paid housing deposits decide not to show up.

The incoming class is estimated to be 5,750 students.

Kambiz Khalili, interim director of CU’s housing and dining services, said a residence adviser will live in the inn along with the freshmen. Money for the rooms will come from room-and-board fees paid by students, officials said.

To help accommodate the freshman class, housing officials also converted Athens North, a family housing complex, into a dorm for freshmen this year. Residents were notified in June that they had to be out of their apartments by mid-July to make room for the freshmen.

Housing officials softened the inconvenience by waiving rent for two months for those who moved to another family housing unit. Athens North residents leaving the university housing system were eligible for $1,500. CU also paid $500 to residents for moving expenses.

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The university also could spend as much as $3 million in tuition revenue hiring about 30 tenured and tenure-track faculty members as enrollment grows.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Todd Gleeson said the university has hired extra graduate students as teaching assistants and part-time instructors, as well as adjunct faculty members.

Last year, the college hired 47 tenure-track faculty members, but most were hired to replace professors who were leaving, Gleeson said.