CMU plans to expand, again

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Colorado Mesa University's Board of Trustees approved plans for two expansion projects and an online degree program. Even though a new dorm just opened up this fall, another one may be built by 2015. If the plans progress, the new dorm would be the 6th one built since 2005-2006.

Freshman Devyn Rockett lives in the dorms at Colorado Mesa University. She said, "We know that CMU is rapidly growing now and it's just like students are coming in so quick and we don't know where we are going to put them."

In total, more than 2 thousand students live on campus in the 11 different residential halls. The CMU dorms are currently at about a 97% occupancy rate. Rockett said, "Right now in Grand Mesa it's not too crowded, we have the perfect amount, but I think in dorms like Bunting it's kind of crowded."

The board also approved a plan to expand the current Hamilton Recreation Center to accommodate the increased enrollment. The University will now select a project team in hopes to have the recreation center expansion finished by 2014. CMU Sophomore Ben Hunter said, "I think it's really cool that they are doing that because then they are just making the gym more accessible to all the students and they are kind of changing to the needs of the campus."

In August, expansion ideas were submitted to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and rated as the top priorities for the university. CMU Sophomore said, ".... because it has university status now which makes it seem more prestigious and it's a really good school even though it's small and really not very well known. I think it's a really good school."

While Rockett said, "I'm just excited to be a part of it and watch it grow."

Colorado Mesa University Board of Trustee's also approved a new online degree program that will be offered to students who already have an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing or a Nursing License. When finished with the online course, students will receive a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. Officials said that program could start in the next 6 months.

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