Transitioning to a curricular approach represents a cultural shift. A department can have well-articulated goals, outcomes, and educational plans, but a residential curriculum will never be successful without the necessary cultural and organizational change that comes along with it. For residence life departments, in particular, this means preparing your student staff members for this shift, involving them in the process, and helping them through the process of change. This is also true of other departments that may employ large numbers of student staff programmers or for those that work with student leaders involved in peer education work.
One of the questions I frequently get asked when consulting with campuses on transitioning to a curricular approach is how to gain buy-in from student staff members and students leaders. Shifting to a curriculum necessarily means that the role of these students will change in some ways. Hiring practices must change and training practices must change. Read More
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Although each residential curriculum or curricular approach to student life should be contextualized to an institution, there are a number of non-profits and standards bodies within higher education and student affairs that can be useful in the development of learning goals and outcomes. Many of these associations provide sample statements, rubrics and other materials that can not only help guide and shape the development of your own objectives, but also provide potentially useful tools for benchmarking and other forms of assessment. Furthermore, as nationally developed standards, they provide justification for your curriculum and may allow you to more easily connect your objectives with those of other departments and divisions.
The following four examples come from (1) The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), (2) The American Association of Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Project, (3) The Lumina Foundation’s Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP), and (4) the National Association of Colleges and Employer’s (NACE) Career readiness Project. Read More
The following iPhoneography photos were taken during my trip to Quito, Ecuador and the surrounding areas. Read More