What is Residential Curriculum?
A residential curriculum provides an alternate approach to traditional programming models that focuses on student learning outside of the classroom. A curricular model utilizes clear learning outcomes and multiple strategies to engage learners in sequenced learning that is rooted in theory, and incorporates stakeholders across campus. A residential curriculum utilizes learning goals, learning outcomes, educational strategies, and effective assessment techniques.
Texas A&M University at Galveston: Educational Priorities:
After conducting an archeological dig for our campus identity/culture, reimaginig our experiential and programming model for our residential students and creating ways to collaborate with our campus stakeholders we were able to create four educational priories that will foster the holistic development in each student that resides within our residence hall. Our educational priority is the encompassing statement that our residential curriculum is created upon and it reads as follows:
What are learning goals?
Learning goals are specific statements of intended student attainment of essential concepts and skills. The learning goal is the heart of assessment for learning and needs to be made clear at the planning stage if teachers are to find assessment for learning manageable. Our learning goals are as follows:
1) Academic Excellence: Environment that supports and enhances class attendance, access to academic resources, facilitates tutoring and faculty interaction. These priorities along with other experiences will foster the development of academic interests.
2) Career Preparation: Students will discern the opportunities and experiences that will directly correlate to skills that when capatilized upon will make them more marketable and successful in the workplace.
3) Global Citizenship: Through intentional activities and experience students will recognize, honor and advocate the needs, ideas, thoughts and values of others by appreciating and understanding that their differences are a strength.
4) Self Development: Through targeted experiences, challenges and reflection, students will be more proficient in identifying and verbalizing their needs, ideas, thoughts and values. They will also have keen understanding of the impact of their actions on others.
Below is a chart that further explains and breaksdown how we plan to implement these educational priorities into our residential experience here on campus.