Academic support and residential curriculum
On-campus residents get better grades than students in other living environments. More than 7 percent of on-campus residents earned a 4.0 grade-point average during the last three years. On-campus students also posted an overall grade-point average of 3.02 compared to 2.82 for off-campus students. That’s in part because of trained staff, study groups, and upperclass mentors. We take the extra step to help you reach goals (see tabbed section below for additional resources):
- Better grades mean better retention. On-campus housing residents progress toward graduation at a nearly 10 percent higher rate than off-campus students. Graduating in four years is a KU standard of excellence.
- Study areas are in every building. Classrooms are featured in GSP and Templin residence halls. Daisy Hill Commons is a study and classroom space for all Daisy Hill residents to use.
- Resident Assistants help each resident develop an academic goal plan. They also set up academic “check-ins” throughout the semester to help residents reach their goals. During finals week, quiet hours are enforced continuously and students see these posters as a reminder.
What is a residential curriculum?
KU Student Housing strives to support students as they develop into the best versions of themselves. Through intentional connections and crafted support, students living in Student Housing will gain competence in engaged civility, inclusion, healthy community, self and relational management, and academic success. The residential curriculum is linked to KU’s academic mission to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world. KU Student Housing residential curriculum is geared toward learning for first-year students.
• Derived from educational priorities through research-backed pedagogy and assessment.
• Utilizes sequenced, individualized, and targeted interventions, coupled with strategic community building.
• Provides students with transformative learning opportunities that lead to graduation in four years.
These are the curriculum areas:
1. Inclusion: Students critically examining themselves and the world in order to make positive social change.
- Relate social justice and inclusion concepts to their personal and KU experiences.
- Explain their social identities.
- Express an increased confidence in ability to confront social identity based conflict.
Curriculum goal:Articulate the important of inclusion in your daily life at KU.
2. Academic success: Students engagement with academic success utilizing academic partners and supportive learning environments.
- Identify areas for academic growth.
- Describe strategies for academic success.
Curriculum goal:List academic support services used outside of the classroom.
3. Health and Wellness: Students responsibility for healthy decisions regarding self-care, stress management, physical and mental well-being, alcohol and other drug use.
- Define healthy habits regarding alcohol and other drugs.
- Identify campus/local community resources regarding health and wellness.
Curriculum goal:Utilize campus/local community resources regarding personal wellness.
4. Self and Relational Management: Students ability to understand themselves from their knowledge and experiences and how they navigate relationships with others.
- Compare the congruence of their actions and their values/beliefs.
- Recognize the importance of building and sustaining positive relationships with others.
Curriculum goal:Gain positive relationships on campus/local community.
5. Engaged civility: Students awareness of how the campus, local community and global community affect each other and the people within each community.
- Describe the value of being involved outside of the classroom.
- Discuss how national or global events affect the campus/local community.
Curriculum goal:List outside-of-classroom involvement.
In each hall, there are Academic Resource Centers, which are designated study and classroom spaces. Here is a brief description of each of the services that are most helpful to KU students. Here is the link to academic calender page for more information.
The Writing Center offers a variety of ways for students and members of the community to get feedback on their writing. If you already know which type of consultation you'd like, you may submit your writing for e-mail feedback or schedule a face-to-face or videoconference consultation. Please let your consultant know if you need an accommodation due to a disability. For a complete list of locations and hours in the halls, see this link: http://writing.ku.edu/hours-locations
KU Writing Center
1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive, Room 424
firstname.lastname@example.org | 785-864-2399
About the UAC
The Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) assists students in choosing a major, making schedule plans, supervising probation cases, finding academic and professional resources, and successfully advancing to a college degree.
Undergraduate Advising Center
1300 Sunnyside Ave.
Summerfield Hall, Room 315
UAC Mission Statement: The UAC empowers all students to take ownership of their education by providing personalized, comprehensive academic advising in a supportive environment.
Achievement and Access
The AAAC offers many services and programs to assist students in their academic success and to enhance their experience at KU. Choose from learning strategy consultations, group workshops or general or course-specific academic assistance, by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Feel free to talk with us and ask for information or direction about academic and personal issues.
Academic Achievement & Access Center
1450 Jayhawk Boulevard Strong Hall, Room 22
The AAAC serves as the home for Student Access Services for students at KU. If you have a documented disability, you work directly with Student Access Services to provide and coordinate the appropriate accommodations. Contact Student Access Services in order to secure the proper accommodations.
The AAAC also provides students with Tutoring Services at KU. Students may request a tutor in disciplines that include Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, French, Spanish, and Italian. Other courses may be offered based on student demand and the availability of tutors. Students may contact tutoring services about potentially adding a course if one is not currently being offered. This program provides small group, course specific tutoring and the groups meet twice a week for one-and-a-half hours each session.
Learning Strategy Consultations
Finally, the AAAC offers individual consultations on skill development in the areas of time management, study skills, test taking strategies, and more. During these appointments you will work with an AAAC staff member to develop success strategies specific to your own needs and goals. Contact AAAC to schedule a one-on-one appointment.
Wireless Internet is part of your housing contract at KU. Residents can register for an account at www.MyResNet.com. Once you’ve created a unique username and password, you can log in and access the ResNet on the day you move in to KU. The service (pdf) is provided by Apogee.Networked printer stations also are provided in each hall.