Within the broad context of Principles and Practices the Residence Life Program is shaped by a view of residence halls and houses as learning environments. The most important learning that occurs outside the classroom takes place between students (Schroeder and Mable, 1994). The nature of the residential program is interactive and integrated to support strong community development. The priority is on student leadership and involvement. Students living out their daily experience in reflective dialogue with peers will support connections as they learn from one another. Students guiding the nature of the program is at the heart of this learning mission.
- Student Leadership and Autonomy
- Student Governance and Responsibility
- Student Interpersonal Confidence
- Student Centered Environment
- Students Supporting Students
- Student Community Development
Specific Program Components
- A student governance structure that supports student leadership and community.
- Housing assignments that support sustained community development.
- Programs that support academic performance and creative learning environments.
- Student led conduct systems for prompt student/community feedback that balance individual rights and responsibilities.
- Formal and informal interaction among diverse students, ensuring all student populations are engaged in community.
- Facilities that are responsive to students. (life, programs and learning)