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... Continue Reading →
The “Residential Curriculum Edition” of our “Student Affairs Training Card” Business Cards
We previously released Series 1 of our Student Affairs Trading Card business cards and it's time for a second series. In honor of Roompact's partnership with the ACPA Institute on the Curricular Approach (formerly RCI), we've designed business cards that pay homage to the original ten essential elements of a residential curriculum. That's right! These... Continue Reading →
Residential Curriculum Element #5: Educational Strategies Go Beyond Programmed Events
We're all familiar with the premise that food is a necessary component of any educational endeavor in the residence halls. Attract residents with pizza and then ambush them with educational content. Although there is nothing wrong with incentivizing participation in an educational activity, the premises behind this mindset are problematic. This approach assumes that the problem with an educational program... Continue Reading →
What is a Residential Curriculum? Curricular Approach? Residential Learning Model?
The terms “residential curriculum” or “curricular approach” are used to describe an intentional specifically-structured way of promoting learning in college and university student affairs programs. Borrowing from techniques utilized by classroom-based teachers, the curricular approach to student affairs designs a series of successive learning and engagement opportunities for students that are measurable against defined objectives.... Continue Reading →