Which of the Residential Curriculum Elements are the Hardest to Achieve? And Why?

The Residential Curriculum Institute defines a curriculum as having 10 “Essential Elements.” These are the features and principles that a residence life department’s educational program should adhere to if it is to be considered a “true” residential curriculum. In 2013, while in my PhD program, I conducted some research on schools implementing this curricular approach. I wanted to find out more about how the Elements were put into practice and the extent to which schools were successful in fulfilling them. A subset of that research is presented here. This post explores the successes and struggles that schools encounter in enacting each of the… Read More

7 Learning Goal Themes Commonly Found in a Residential Curriculum

  Cascading from an educational priority are the broad goals of a curriculum. The goals of a curriculum are the main categories and statements of the educational components of the learning program. A typical residential curriculum includes 3-6 goals which are accompanied by narratives providing further detail. These goals, in turn, guide the development of learning outcomes and strategies. Below you will find examples of different learning goals from a number of institutions. As with the previous post on educational priority statements, it should be noted that these were collected through a public web search and… Read More

21 Examples of Learning Priority Statements for a Residential Curriculum

One of the first steps in implementing a curricular approach in the residence halls is to articulate an educational priority. Educational priorities are written statements, typically 1-3 sentences, that describe the overall mission or objective of a curriculum. These priorities should be grounded in research and scholarship as well as the institutional context of the department or division implementing the curriculum. Below you will find examples of different educational priority statements from a number of institutions. These were collected through a public web search and compiled here for easy reference. Because of… Read More

Dear RAs, I want you to STOP PROGRAMMING!

It’s time to move beyond the clichés and towards student learning centered work in our residence halls.  The residential curriculum model offers promise for conceptualizing some of our tired old practices.  It’s time for a curricular reboot!

Presenting at SUNY Geneseo today… An RA Intervention…

I have the immense pleasure to be presenting at my alma mater today, the State University of New York College at Geneseo.  They asked me to do a presentation to their Resident Assistants that’s spin on my blog post “RAs Are Not Educational Experts.”  Geneseo’s residence life program utilizes a model similar to that of a residential curriculum.  In this presentation (excerpt below) I try to break RAs of that nasty habit of “programming.” Now I’m off to get some Mia’s pizza…