QUINCY -- When students return to Quincy University's campus next fall they will be introduced to a new "house system" that university officials hope will help incoming and returning students feel more at home on the college's campus. Every student, including transfer and commuter students, will be assigned to a house.
QU President Brian McGee said the new house system has the potential to transform the student experience at QU, with each student becoming part of a close-knit community.
"Earlier this semester, QU announced the ‘Success by Design' program, which focuses on assuring the success of each student at Quincy University," McGee said. "The QU House system allows students to create new relationships and a common community for academic and personal support. At QU, each student will be included in our shared educational experience, consistent with our values as a Catholic and Franciscan university."
Each house will have its own recreational and service activities, with competitions between houses. University faculty and staff will be designated to support the individual houses.
For first-year students living on campus, their house will correspond to the hall floor where they live. Students will remain a member of the same house throughout their time at QU, no matter where they live.
"For the past several years, QU has been striving to make each residence hall a place where students feel included and welcomed, and we have also worked to make QU a great place for commuter students," said Christine Tracy, QU's vice-president for student development. "The house system is our next big step to ensure that all QU students succeed and thrive, whether they live on or off-campus."
The "house system" will have initially seven houses. Each house will be named for a person who has made important contributions to QU, the Franciscan tradition, to the Quincy community or to the surrounding region.
QU officials expects all undergraduates to be assigned a house by 2023.