The educational priority clearly and briefly identifies the overarching result of our educational efforts. The priority identifies what will be achieved if all efforts are successful. The educational priority identified for the Residential Curriculum at Saint Louis University is informed by the Division of Student Development mission statement. The curriculum priority states:
At the culmination of the residential experience, students will be holistically formed, critically reflective, and socially and personally responsible.
Through the Residential Curriculum we hope that residents will be able to demonstrate ownership in their own learning and meaning making. This ideal is important, as it will provide the residents a recognizable understanding of their own personal development and growth. Residents will be asked to reflect on their positioning within the various outcomes in order to assess their level of self-awareness, current lens and conscious cognitive growth. From interacting with the Residential Curriculum we want students to develop a philosophy of life-long learning. Our outcomes for residential students are as follows:
An engaged and active community member understands the impact one has on community development. From the relationships with peers, engagement with staff and respect for the physical space, residents have an obligation to intentionally shape and approach community development. Residents will be given the opportunity to co-construct a positive community rooted in personal responsibility.
Understanding of Self and Others
To be an inclusive and transformative member of the residential community, members must reflect and understand dimensions of one's own identity. Members should be able to participate in healthy dialogue and conversations about social identities, values, and beliefs. Additionally, community members need to demonstrate a respect for others lens or experience, willingness to understand and ability to view multiple perspectives.
As a member of the residential community, the desire is for each person to continue to cultivate the relationships, leadership and academic development of their peers. Living in community with others means effectively communicating and operating for the betterment of the community at large rather than an individual. Maintaining and caring for the whole person (cura personalis) is needed to actualize the self and function beyond the community.
Sequencing is a key priority to any curriculum. The learning outcomes are not intended for every residential student to reach competency in one year; rather the outcomes build upon one another to assist students in development throughout their approximated four years of living in the residence halls. Thus Housing and Residence Life strives for students to reach an advanced understanding of each outcome by their multiple years living on-campus.