17 October 2006
JSU Wants to Keep Growing
At its first meeting of the new school year, the Jacksonville
State University board of trustees discussed ways to make sure JSU keeps growing.
The university welcomed its third-largest ever student population of 8,957 this fall. That number was down slightly
from last year and about 1,000 shy of JSU’s goal of recruiting 10,000 students to campus.
President Bill Meehan told the board Monday morning that the JSU Foundation is considering a proposal to build apartment-style
dorms to provide 300 to 500 new rooms on or adjacent to campus.
“New students are making their choice of college based on their living quarters,” Meehan said. “When I was in school, as
long as I had a bed I didn’t care. But maybe with these dorms we’ll see if we can’t turn a few heads.”
Growing the student enrollment is the fourth of seven goals the board received in a draft of JSU’s five-year strategic
plan. An action item listed under that goal includes seeking funding from the foundation for new student housing. That
step has a tentative completion date of September 2007.
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