- Department of Residential Life
In an effort to improve the quality of the residential experience, we in the Department of Residential life have spent five months reviewing and revamping our programming model. This effort was the direct result of the Division of Student Development’s commitment to creating a more comprehensive collegiate experience by offering intentional programming designed to engage students outside the classroom. Our previous model, the Wellness Wheel, was effective - but we wanted to do better.
We looked at the Student Development Assessment Team’s emphasis on student learning outcomes and how other institutions were incorporating those objectives into their residential life programs. We created a subcommittee of staff members who referenced our existing resource manuals- The Resident Assistant, Student Housing and Residential Life and Residential Life Programs and the First-Year Experience- as they revised our programming manual, "How to Put a Bear in a Tutu." We introduced this manual to our resident assistants during their Fall training.
Our new Wellness Programming Model focuses on intercultural competence, student discovery, civic engagement, and personal well-being. Staff members create programs that directly relate to these domains by specifying student learning outcomes for each activity and using those learning outcomes to guide both the content and structure of the program. As of October 2011, over 3,000 students attended programs and community builders sponsored by their RA’s - an increase from last year. We also actively assess student learning outcomes at the end of each program and incorporate the feedback into future iterations. Our goal, as always, is to help students develop by Living, Learning, and Leading!