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Pick and not-Choose – your Roommate

VU International News and Reviews No. 108 March 12 2018

March 2018

As a rule, the VU International News & Reviews discusses reports with a solid evidence base and ignores single incidents or opinions.

As an exception, we point to a recent decision by Duke University reported in InsideHigherEd that “Duke University has removed from students what has become one of the most significant aspects of matriculation at many colleges: picking a first-year roommate. Beginning with the Class of 2022, the roommate-selection process will be entirely governed by the university, with assignments largely made at random — a shift, officials said, meant to stem the recent movement of students self-selecting peers with similar perspectives and backgrounds to their own, fueled by social media connections made before arriving on campus.”

This example has relevance also for Campuses in Europe. The issue of students’ aversion to having international students – not even as a roommate but as housemate – plays up at Dutch universities and probably also in other European countries.

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