The University is implementing some housing changes on campus to provide room for growth while improving facilities, student experience and educational offerings.
The first change, announced in February, is a new vision for Kendall Hall. Located just off the front lawn, Kendall has been a women’s residence hall since 1961. However, while evaluating women’s spaces in need of renovation, it was determined there was enough room for students previously housed in Kendall to be placed in other residence halls. Due to its central location on campus, Kendall is being evaluated for ways it might better meet current academic and student needs. A remodeled configuration of Kendall currently being considered could include common areas for meeting and studying on the first floor, while the second and third floors could become home for departments such as history and political science and foreign language.
In addition to the remodeling of the women’s dorm, Cone Hall, a men’s apartment-style residence hall on campus, is being reclassified as privileged housing for fall. Privileged housing is designed for qualifying second-semester junior or senior status students and has no residential curfew or required meal plan. Currently, privileged men’s housing is exclusively in Village Apartments located at the southeast edge of campus. On a consistent basis, men who are eligible for privileged housing in Village do not utilize the apartments due to their distance from campus. While better meeting student needs, this change will nearly double the number of men who live in privileged housing. Village Apartments will continue to be available for lease to students who are eligible for off-campus housing as has been the case for a portion of the units for some time.
“As Harding nears its 100th year, we are more committed than ever to keeping Harding strong and vibrant while operating on sound business principles,” said President Bruce McLarty. “Our plans for the future will continue to reflect our reliance on God’s provision as we respond to the opportunities before us, and we are excited about how these changes will improve the environment for our campus community. We will not waver from our commitment to providing every student a Christ-centered education and look forward to a bright future for this community of mission.”