The Commons System was instituted in 1992-93, with the purpose of creating a closer community of students, faculty, and staff, and to enrich the cultural and intellectual environment on campus. There are five Commons or groups of residence halls. Each Commons has a Commons "team" that includes a Commons Head(s), a Dean, a Coordinator, and several residential advisors. The Commons Head(s), in particular, works with students to develop a social and intellectual program for their Commons. New faculty are assigned to a Commons upon arrival and are encouraged to become involved.