Residential Curriculum

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Welcome to! A “residential curriculum” is a particular approach to designing and delivering intentional learning opportunities for college and university students.  Developed since 2005, this approach has spawned its own Institute and has been replicated and modified in various forms at campuses across the country, and even the word.  Although arising out of residence life, this model is flexible and has been adopted by entire students affairs divisions. The Residential Curriculum Institute is a premier professional development offered by ACPA and the only event that provides comprehensive training on the approach.

If you’re looking to connect with others around curriculum, consider joining the Residential Curriculum Facebook Group or follow the #ACPARCI hashtag on Twitter and other platforms. There are a number of ways to connect with colleagues around this topic.


img_1717As a professional I’ve previously implemented a curricular approach at one of my past institutions. I have also served as a Residential Curriculum Institute faculty member for a number of years. This lead to my hiring at Roompact, where we design software solutions for residential education departments with a learning-centric approach.

I frequently consult with individual campuses on developing and enhancing their curricula through multi-day workshops and speaking events. Previously, I have worked with institutions such as the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Marquette University. If you’re interested in bringing me to campus, you can learn more about my speaking and consulting and reach out to me with any interest.



The following represents some of my blog posts and related content on residential curriculum development. It draws from my posts on this site, as well as those I authored for the company I work for, Roompact.

Posts About the 10 Essential Elements of a Residential Curriculum:

Further Reading on Developing a Residential Curriculum:

Residential Curriculum Institute:


Schools Refernecing A Curriculum:

Although there are many schools implementing curricular approaches to residential and student life, detailed information on these approaches can be difficult to find online. The following is a list of schools that have references to curricular frameworks and/or planning documents (including learning goals and outcomes, strategies, lesson plans, etc.) online. Note that these are of varying quality, and although an institution may list or reference a curricular-type frame work, they may not implement a true approach in practice. The most useful links are in bold.

Curriculum Standards

Presentations on Residential Curriculum

The following are presentations on residential curriculum that are publicly avaialbe online. The most useful links are in bold.