What is a Residential Curriculum?
The Residential Curriculum within Housing and Residence Life creates an intentional way of promoting experience in the university’s residence life program that allow for students to develop the necessary skills to allow them to become successful in and out of the classroom.
What is the goal of the Residential Curriculum?
This experience encourages students to be BRAVE: Boldly pursue opportunities that promote academic progress; Respect for self and others; Acquire skills that build career readiness; View every experience as a learning opportunity; and Endeavor to develop greater critical thinking and problem solving abilities.
Through participation in residential curriculum programming and activities, residents will learn valuable information and develop skills that will help them become successful students, citizens and professionals. The residential curriculum has four (4) focus areas:
Academic Progress & Achievement
- Improve basic skills needed to demonstrate academic success
- Identify & utilize various campus and academic resources
- Increase student’s knowledge of academic integrity
- Improve critical thinking & problem solving skills to help in decision making
Diversity, Inclusion & Civility
- Develop skills to engage in positive behavior & respect towards others in their community
- Develop an understanding, appreciation, and acceptance of individuals different from one’s self
- Develop self-respect, ethics, and integrity
- Improve overall health & wellness and learn to live a purposeful life
- Obtain greater knowledge and skills related to career development
- Develop meaningful relationships & effective communication skills
- Develop effective leadership & teamwork skills
- Engage in opportunities to learn & engage in dialogue related to the human condition
- Support causes that create positive change in our community/world
- Seek out opportunities that help develop a spirit of volunteerism and provide avenues to serve
How will the residential curriculum be implemented in my community?
The following strategies will be utilized in implementing the residential curriculum.
• Living and Learning programming
• Bulletin Boards
• Hall council & Residence Hall Association programs
• Floor and hall meetings
• Social norming campaigns
• Roommate and conflict management
• Structured mediation and disciplinary conferences
• Community service projects
How will goals and progress be measured?
To measure the achievement of the learning outcomes within the curriculum, the following assessment methods will be implemented.
• Quarterly focus groups
• Semester surveys
• Direct observation
• Resident Feedback