Welcome to the COCM Student Housing Matters Blog!
It's about matters relating to on-campus student housing, as well as why quality on-campus student housing really matters. We want this blog to serve as a forum for sharing ideas and insights about how your on-campus student housing can do things beyond simply housing students. How it can be used as a more powerful tool to recruit and retain students on your campus. We look forward to your participation!



Social Distancing Response & Architecture of Enrollment Management with Erik Kocher

On this episode of Student Housing Matters, Alton Irwin interviews Erik Kocher, a Principal with Hastings & Chivetta.  Hastings & […]

Adapting to Coronavirus Guidelines at ‘Gator Pond’ – with Lupita ‘Pete’ Morales

When the Coronavirus shut down college campuses across the US, most student housing facilities closed as well. But what do you do if the majority of your residents are international? Today, Lupita ‘Pete’ Morales joins us to explain how her team at Green River College continues to serve students on campus through the COVID-19 crisis.

Caring for Student Residents and Personnel during COVID-19 – with Heather Smith

Over the past few months as the COVID-19 induced quarantine has evolved, COCM has been determined to catch up with […]

Driving Engagement and Promoting Communication during COVID-19 – An Interview with Mandy Whitten

COCM understands the importance of motivating a team and driving engagement during a time of isolation and unfamiliar work environments.  […]

Addressing Workplace Bullying in Student Affairs– with Heidi Yoder

Heidi Yoder began researching workplace bullying within student affairs in the Fall of 2018. She is the author of an article in About Campus titled, When the compassionate are abusive: workplace bullying and student affairs. Today, Heidi joins me to share some of her insights on preventing toxic workplace environments and handling instances of abusive leadership and workplace bullying.

Building a Community Beyond Higher Ed – with Nicole Terrell

It’s well known that a career in higher education leaves you with many transferable skills. Are those skills useful outside of your workplace? How can we use what we’ve learned working with students to better ourselves and our communities? Today, Tara reconnects with Nicole Terrell, former COCM Assistant Director at Marshall University, to discuss how Nicole’s time as an AD impacted her.

Chosen for a Career in Higher Ed – with Rafael Cordwell

Rafael Cordwell believes that you don’t choose your profession, your profession chooses you. And in the beginning, Raf resisted a career in student affairs—despite encouragement from more than one supervisor at SCSU. Today, Raf joins me to explain what changed his mind about higher ed and share his experience at the prestigious Ujima Institute.

Covid-19 Pandemic: What are High School Seniors Thinking?

We set out to discover exactly what high school seniors heading off to college in the Fall were thinking about while quarantined and finishing their Senior year from home.

What Would Winston Churchill Say About the Current Situation with Coronavirus? – with Dr. Larry P. Arnn

Winston Churchill led Britain through both World Wars. But how would he fight the invisible enemy we face today? How might Churchill approach the current situation with Coronavirus? Today, Dr. Larry P. Arnn joins guest host Alton Irwin to explore how we might leverage Churchill’s leadership principles to combat COVID-19.

Top Channels for Communicating with Students – with Mellissa Taylor

What did Mellissa Taylor learn as the face of student housing at UAB during her tenure at COCM? Today, she joins guest host Tara Wilkinson to discuss her responsibilities as Marketing Manager with Capstone, the enduring relationships she built with colleagues there, and the most effective channels for communicating with students!