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We structure our work in DHRL through a Residential Curriculum, which outlines the intentional planning, implementation, and evaluation of learning for all on-campus residents. Our Department has identified four learning outcomes for all on-campus students; these outcomes are aligned with ETSUs statements about learning, including the ETSU Values Statement, ETSU General Education Statement of Purpose, and the ETSU Division of Student Affairs Mission Statement.
Learning outcomes from the Residential Curriculum:
- Interpersonal Skills
- Engaging in exploration of effective communication strategies and practicing critical thinking
- Developing awareness of self to guide interactions with others and develop skills for understanding values and identity.
- Personal Responsibility and Accountability
- Taking accountability of academic and social responsibilities as contributing members of the University community, and using campus resources to facilitate growth and learning
- Building a Sense of Community
- Working collaboratively to develop positive residential communities that lead to increased student belonging and success at ETSU.
A combination of 1:1 conversations, community gatherings and discussions, collaborative activities with our ETSU campus community, and active and passive programming helps our students to gain these important skills. We expect our residents to be intentional partners in shaping the learning environment in their residence hall or apartment complex.
Our Residential Curriculum was built over the course of nearly two years, with a lot of feedback and revision. This living document for Housing and Residence Life is continually revised and updated as we evaluate and assess our strategies.