Enrollment numbers have been down at Minot State University since the 2011 flood.
The MSU Sociology Club points to housing as a major factor in the enrollment decline.
The club is conducting an on going study focused on affordable housing --- documenting outcomes and secondary effects of the shortage.
The start of the club's research immediately followed the flood.
Today, the Sociology Department hosted an affordable housing town hall meeting with a panel of city and campus officials.
This is the second meeting of its kind.
The club was looking for an update now that housing developments are catching up.
(Jolita Bennett, MSU Sociology Club President) "Enrollment down, there's a lack of classes, causing us to take a little longer to graduate. So housing is a huge issue because it impacts us even in an indirect way like education."
Bennett says the research shows that there is greater efficiency with small housing agencies work together.