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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.

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.

In the tabbed section below, you'll see what academic and social success skills we want students to learn and the activities we sponsor that foster that atmosphere. Now in its fourth year, the Student Housing residential curriculum is geared toward learning outcomes for first-year students. Here are some of the messages we send to residents that communicate the residential curriculum:



KU Student Housing connects residents to respectful communities that support diversity and inclusion.

Student Housing proudly commits to preparing our students and staff to thrive in a global community. By using trainings, collaboration, and resources, we will support, educate, and challenge individual understanding of social justice and inclusion. Student Housing seeks to understand and affirm all identities we serve, to develop a culture where individuals challenge assumptions and engage in open discourse.

  • Students will be able to recognize individual identities and their role within the KU residential community.
  • Students will be able to relate social justice and inclusion concepts to the KU residential community.


    Academic Success

    KU Student Housing connects residents to resources and environments that support academic success.

    Living on campus maximizes learning engagement through career and academic exploration. Through sustained relationships with academic partners, Student Housing provides supportive learning environments to help students achieve their academic and career goals and discover their passions. Students will be able to identify resources that support their academic success and career goals.

    Healthy Community

    KU Student Housing connects residents to productive and healthy communities.

    Living in campus housing provides students the opportunity to engage with and develop as a member of the University of Kansas community. Being a part of a community engages students’ responsibility to make healthy personal decisions surrounding self-care and stress management, personal wellness, physical and mental well-being, and alcohol and drug use. Student Housing connects students to resources and opportunities that allow them to make growth-oriented choices.

    • Students will be able to demonstrate responsibility in making healthy personal decisions.
    • Students will be able to identify resources and opportunities, which allow them to make growth-oriented choices.


    Self and relational management

    KU Student Housing connects residents to appropriate self-management skills.

    Living on campus enables students to gain knowledge and experiences with intrapersonal and interpersonal competence including conflict management, personal growth, and self-advocacy. Student Housing strives to help students understand the importance of building and sustaining positive relationships and empowers them to use appropriate campus resources.


    • Students will be able to recognize the importance of building and sustaining positive relationships with others.
    • Students will be able to apply self-advocacy skills in management of life tasks.

    Engaged civility

    KU Student Housing connects residents to the university, city, state, nation and global communities.

    Living on campus provides students the opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to the values of Student Housing and the University of Kansas. Student Housing strives to enhance connections and engagement for residents through support and resource connection. Through involvement with leadership activities, residents are challenged to practice social responsibility, demonstrate an accountability to self and others, and develop as engaged citizens.

    • Students will be able to demonstrate a commitment to the values of KU Student Housing and the University of Kansas.
    • Students will be able to recognize the importance of connecting to the residential, campus, and greater Lawrence communities.



    Residential Curriculum: Creates an intentional learning environment in student housing.

    Educational priority: Outcome of educational efforts. Based on mission.

    Learning Goals: Descriptions of what a student learns fromresidential experience.

    Learning goal narratives: Describes learning goal in details; clarifies terms; gives context.

    Learning outcomes: Measurable objectives for how to accomplish learning goal.

    Educational plan: Blueprint for sequence of learning opportunities.

    Educational Strategies: Details of how learning opportunities are provided (i.e., roommate agreements, intentional conversations, etc.)

    Assessment: Evaluating the results of the curriculum to find what students learned.



    Many activities are involved in disseminating this information to students. Here are some of KU’s primary activities we use at KU:


    • Community conversations
    • Passive programming
    • Active programming
    • Campus partner engagement and strategic academic partnerships


      1 :1 Interactions, including

    • Community Meetings: Staff members will lead residents in community meeting in which they set and review community standards.
    • Roommate Agreements: Staff will work with roommates to ensure their pairings will be successful for the year.
    • Resident Interviews: Each resident will have an opportunity to get to know the staff member on the residence hall wing or the scholarship hall.
    • Academic Success Plans: Staff members will work with residents to ensure their academic goals are being met and assist them with any academic struggles they may be having.
    • Enroll-a-thon: A partnership with Undergraduate Advising Center, Student Account Services, and Financial Aid to enroll residential students for the next semester and answer questions about enrollment matters.

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    Room selection going on now

    More than $200,000 in annual scholarships to returning residents
    Academic success: More than 94 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen in student housing enroll for the next semester
    5,100 residents choose student housing each year
    Residence hall rates are almost $2,000 less per year than the national average for public schools
    — College Board
    $4 million alumni gift funded Krehbiel Scholarship Hall
    Options include suites, private bedroom with shared bath, two-person rooms, scholarship halls, and apartments
    Oswald and Self residence halls opened in 2015
    One bill covers all costs: room, food, utilities, and wireless Internet
    One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities