Less than a month after most of its students left campus for the summer, Cumberland University is making plans for a new residence hall scheduled to open in the fall of 2011.Recognizing a desire to increase the number of students living on campus the board of trust, at its summer meeting last week, voted unanimously to secure funding and begin the process of constructing a 150-bed residence hall. “This hall will create a unique residential experience for our students” said Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of Cumberland University. “We feel the facility will increase the quality of life and create a greater sense of community for our students on campus.”The residence hall will be located on the southeast edge of the campus on McClain Avenue and will feature four-person suites with double bedrooms, full wireless access, and a learning space for instruction and group study.The University hopes that the new residence hall will help foster better and more successful students, which will result in higher graduation rates.“The design of the new residence hall will give the University the flexibility to better address the living-learning needs and expectations of the new generation of college students” said Kristen Gray, director of residence life. “The University strives to equip students with academic and personal skills that enable them to be successful not only in college but in their professional careers as well. This facility was intentionally designed for that purpose.”The construction of the residence hall and the renovations to the current dining facility are part of a strategic plan to provide Cumberland University students with the best in new facilities for living, learning and recreation, a spokesperson said. Long-term plans include the construction of the Cumberland Cafe for students and the community as well as a state-of-the-art nursing/science facility and an expansion to the existing fine arts center.