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The Residential Experience

Engaged Learning Through Community Involvement

 


Living on campus at The College at Brockport means more than just a place to sleep. Instead of a housing model, Residential Life/Learning Communities developed a residential curriculum that provides an intentional, sequential experience for our students so they are supported, challenged and connect formal classroom learning with personal growth. The Residential Life/Learning Communities staff strive to enhance the experience of each of our residential students by providing developmentally appropriate educational initiatives, academic intervention and community building experiences. Striving to create a residential community and connecting students to campus opportunities and services is a priority. Through a careful and comprehensive assessment program, Residential Life/Learning Communities assesses student needs and provides support in fulfilling those needs. We coordinate efforts with a developmental student conduct system, Living Learning Communities and academic intervention to ensure a safe living learning environment where all students can be successful members of the campus community.

"The greatest impact appears to stem from students' total level of campus engagement, particularly when academic, interpersonal, extracurricular involvements are mutually reinforcing, and relevant to a particular educational outcome."
~ Pascarella & Terezini, 2005

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities provide intentional housing placements based on interest or major, to promote an enriching, educational housing option. Living Learning Community activities include field trips, guest speakers, faculty collaboration, mentoring and some include a tutoring program.

Department Learning Outcomes

The Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities developed a Residential Education Curriculum that contributes to student success by promoting engagement, holistic student development and learning. Drafting of learning outcomes for residential students, specific residential populations and student leaders provide direction and intention to the work of our professional and student staff. Research indicates that the more students are involved on campus, the more likely they are to persist to graduation. More importantly, engagement helps less well prepared students succeed. Essentially, this Residential Education Curriculum focuses on student needs within a group as well as individually. For more information regarding additional learning outcomes for RAs, programming, student employees, etc.. please click here.

Community

1. Identify as a contributing member of the residence hall and campus community by feeling connected and forming positive relationships with faculty, staff and students.

Health & Wellness

1. Describe healthy habits in relation to alcohol/substance abuse, nutrition, stress, fitness, relationships and conflict resolution.

2. Engage in activities leading to improved personal, physical and mental health.

Awareness & Global Citizenship

1. Identify/describe social justice, diversity and multicultural education issues.

2. Recognize and choose to participate in opportunities for community service, civic engagement and leadership development.

Identity

1. Examine individual identity through the identification of personal/professional/social/academic goals and values.

2. Evaluate ways in which the individual can make a difference locally, nationally and globally in their area of passion/interest.

Conduct & Safety

1. Demonstrate an understanding of policies, procedures and expectations of living in a residence hall community including respect, responsibility and personal accountability.

Academic Success

1. Identify support systems within Residential Life/Learning Communities and the College to meet academic expectations and be academically successful.

a. Strategy: As a result of the Midterm Grade Meeting Process, students will be able to:

i. Identify academic and personal obstacles that contributed to low midterm GPA.
ii. Create a plan of action to improve their academic status, such as accessing tutoring services, study groups, workshops and services (Student Learning Center, Counseling Center, Career Services, etc).

b. Strategy: As a result of living in a Living Learning Community, students will be able to:

i. Identify resources and opportunities within their career interest/community theme, including clubs/organizations, alumni, professional organizations, etc.
ii. Investigate research topics within the chosen field.


 First Year Focus: Adjustment/acclimation to college, getting involved

Second Year Focus: Career/internships, getting involved, study abroad

Assessment Program

Residential Life/Learning Communities at the College at Brockport is the first recipient of the Association of College and University Housing Officers International’s Certificate in Housing Assessment. In order to continuously improve and enhance our services and the residential experience, assessment is a valued, embedded practice. We believe in making data driven decisions for the best interest of our students and staff. Utilizing national and local measures are essential to our success.

For more information on the College's Assessment plans, please visit: Division of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs Assessment Team Page

Comments/Questions? Contact Sara Kelly, Assistant Director, Residential Life/Learning Communities



Last Updated February 1, 2012

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