Residential Curriculum

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What is a residential curriculum?

Housing & Residence Life strives to support students as they develop into the best versions of themselves. Through intentional connections and crafted support, students living in Housing & Residence Life housing will gain competence in 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. Housing & Residence Life residential curriculum is geared toward learning for first-year students.

It is:

  • 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.

Curriculum Areas


Students critically examining themselves and the world in order to make positive social change.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify resources on campus regarding inclusion.
  • List their social identities.
  • Discuss how identities are privileged or marginalized within society.
  • Describe having a deeper understanding and appreciation for difference.
  • Relate social justice and inclusion concepts to their personal and KU experiences.
  • Express an increased confidence in ability to confront social identity based conflict.

Curriculum goal:

Articulate the importance of inclusion in your daily life at KU.

Academic Success:

Students engagement with academic success utilizing academic partners and supportive learning environments.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify areas for academic growth.
  • Describe strategies for academic success.
  • Identify campus resources regarding academic success.

Curriculum goal:

List academic support services used outside of the classroom.

Health and Wellness:

Students responsibility for healthy decisions regarding self-care, stress management, physical and mental well-being, alcohol and other drug use.

Learning outcomes:

  • List various components of health and wellness.
  • Define healthy habits regarding alcohol use.
  • Identify campus/local community resources regarding health and wellness.

Curriculum goal:

Utilize campus/local community resources regarding personal wellness.

Self Management:

Students ability to understand themselves from their knowledge and experiences and how they navigate relationships with others.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify and regulate emotions and reactions to different situations.
  • Identify the origin of values and beliefs  
  • Compare the congruence of their actions and their values and beliefs.

Curriculum goal:

Gain positive relationships on campus/local community.

Engaged Civility:

Students awareness of how the campus, local community and global community affect each other and the people within each community.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify ways decisions and behaviors may affect other people.
  • Recognize the importance of being involved and building and sustaining positive relationships with others.
  • Discuss how local, national or global events affect various groups and communities.

Curriculum goal:

List outside-of-classroom involvement.