Residence Life Explained in Emoji

A gift to my friends in Residence Life.  May August treat you well!   xoxo Pb BUY this as a poster! Or a greeting card.  Help fund my doctoral dissertation!  The paid version uses a sharper, higher resolution file. For the poster, there are multiple price points, qualities, and sizes….  All proceeds help fund my dissertation.  One medium sized poster is worth half a transcribed interview.  Find out more about my dissertation. 🙂  Thanks! MORE available in my store!

Words Matter in a Residential Curriculum

When thinking about my own experience in developing a residential curriculum, I’m reminded of a wordsmithing session I had with some colleagues.  We were attempting to set some broad learning goals for our curriculum and we wanted to ensure that our language encouraged critical reflection but also allowed for a diversity of viewpoints.  It took us a while, but there was one phrase we finally settled on: “Students will be able to act from an internal coherent ethical belief system.” This original formulation was mine and I chose my words carefully.  I chose “internal”… Read More

Excited for the Residential Curriculum Institute 2013 (and you should be too!)

ACPA recently announced the keynote speakers for this year’s Residential Curriculum Institute (RCI) and I’m excited to be a part of what’s shaping up to be a great professional development opportunity.  After attending the Institute for two years, I’m honored to be expanding my involvement by serving as a member of the presenting faculty.  For those of you unfamiliar with RCI, I would highly encourage you to learn more about it and to consider attending.  Although it is the Residential Curriculum Institute, professionals outside of residence life will still find it valuable.  The model… Read More

What is the Residential Curriculum Model? What are Curricular Approaches?

In informal discourse the term “residential curriculum” is used to describe an intentional way of promoting learning in college and university residence life and education programs. A residential curriculum, however, is a very specific approach to structuring these learning opportunities. First implemented at the University of Delaware in the early 2000s, the Model was detailed in a 2006 article, “Beyond seat time and student satisfaction: A curricular approach to residential education,” in About Campus magazine by Kerr and Tweedy. This approach lead to the establishment of ACPA’s Residential Curriculum Institute in 2007. Since then, the curricular approach has become… Read More

RAs are NOT educational experts!

I remember first encountering the Residential Curriculum Model back in 2006.  My supervisor at American University had just returned from the first annual ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute.  It was love at first sight.  It just made sense.  Why hadn’t anyone thought of this approach before? What many don’t understand about a Residential Curriculum (That’s capital “R” and “C”) is that it is much more than simply identifying learning outcomes.  I often see some institutions referring to their efforts as “residential curricula,” but upon further examination, they don’t go beyond the setting (and maybe sequencing) of… Read More