The Residential Curriculum Institute is a professional development opportunity offered by ACPA-College Student Educators International and co-sponsored by its Commission for Housing and Residential Life and the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation. The Institute provides an overview and training on how to start and grow a residential curriculum and, since its inception, has drawn thousands of participants from across the United States and around the world. The Institute is the only event of its kind where schools can learn how to implement this model.

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The curricular approach to residential education is an intentional process of promoting student learning in the residence halls. Although focused on residence life, it is applicable and has been adopted by entire student affairs divisions at a number of colleges and universities. There are 10 “essential elements” that are hallmarks of a residential curriculum and differentiate it from other approaches:

  1. Directly Connects to the Institutional Mission
  2. Learning Goals and Outcomes Developed and Based in a Defined Educational Priority
  3. Basis in Developmental Theory and Research
  4. Educational Strategies are Developed to Advance Learning Outcomes
  5. Educational Strategies Go Beyond Programmed Events
  6. Student Staff Are Utilized in Roles Appropriate To Their Skill Development
  7. Learning is Scaffolded and Sequenced To Follow Time-Based Development
  8. Key Stakeholders are Identified and Involved
  9. Peer-Review is Accomplished Through an Intentional Process
  10. Assessment Occurs at All Levels: From Educational Priority to Learning Goals and Outcomes

Designed as a learning community, the Residential Curriculum Institute (RCI) is a three day series of educational sessions and workshops that guide participants through these 10 essential elements. Sessions at RCI include beginning, intermediate, and revising & advancing tracks as well as roundtables on select topics. Many institutions choose to send teams of educators to the Institute to train educators in this shift in philosophy. One of the highlights of the event are the “Showcases,” where schools with well-developed curricula share their successes and struggles implementing the approach.

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Roompact is proud of our sponsorship with ACPA and the Residential Curriculum Institute. As a software provider that helps schools utilizing curricular approaches track and enhance their educational outcomes, we see our partnership with RCI as a natural fit. We also frequently contribute back to the community through conference presentations and the many blog posts we publish weekly on residential curriculum and related topics.College Students

Past Showcase Institutions

  • American University (2010)
  • Appalachian State University (2017)
  • Carelton University (2017)
  • Central Michigan University (2017)
  • Clemson University (2014)
  • Colorado Mesa University (2012, 2013)
  • Dartmouth College (2009)
  • East Tennessee State University (2016)
  • Georgia Southern University (2015)
  • Gettysburg College (2010, 2011)
  • Indiana State University (2014, 2015)
  • Lehigh University (2013, 2014)
  • Macalester College (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016)
  • Messiah College (2011)
  • New York University (2010, 2015)
  • North Carolina State University (2017)
  • North Dakota State University (2016, 2017)
  • Northern Illinois University (2011, 2012)
  • Pennsylvania State University (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
  • St. Lawrence University (2012)
  • Saint Louis University (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • SUNY Brockport (2011, 2013)
  • Syracuse University (2009)
  • University of Buffalo (2014)
  • University of Central Florida (2016)
  • University of Connecticut (2017)
  • University of Dayton (2012, 2015)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2017)
  • University of Minnesota (2010, 2012, 2013)
  • University of Mississippi (2016)
  • University of New Hampshire (2009, 2014, 2016)
  • University of Oklahoma (2015, 2017)
  • University of South Carolina (2013, 2015, 2016)
  • University of South Florida (2014, 2016)
  • Virginia Tech (2013, 2014)
  • Western Washington University (2011, 2012)
  • Whitman College (2009)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University (2017)

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Past Residential Curriculum Institutes

  • 1st Annual (January 25-27, 2007, University of Delaware) “From Just Residential to Resident Intentional: Developing a Curricular Approach to Residence Life”
  • 2nd Annual (January 24-26, 2008) “Anatomy of a Paradigm Shift: Developing a Curricular approach to Residence Life”
  • 3rd Annual (October 1-3, 2009, University of New Hampshire) “Purposeful Student Learning in a Time of Accountability”
  • 4th Annual (October 28-30, 2010, Macalester College)
  • 5th Annual (September 29 – October 1, 2011, Penn State University)
  • 6th Annual (October 21-23, 2012, Saint Louis University)
  • 7th Annual (October 20-23, 2013, University of South Carolina)
  • 8th Annual (October 19-22, 2014, Virginia Tech)
  • 9th Annual (October 18-21, 2015, Indiana State University)
  • 10th Annual (October 16-19, 2016, University of South Florida)
  • 11th Annual (October 15-18, 2017, University of Oklahoma)

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