Residential Curriculum at Loyola

Loyola University New Orleans’ Educational Priority (EP):

As a result of the Loyola residential experience, students will become engaged citizens of their communities who are committed to the development of self and others.

 

How we describe this LOYNO Experience:

The Office of Residential Life at Loyola University New Orleans provides an intentional experience for all residential students through the implementation of our residential curriculum. We aim to ask the question, “What will we achieve if our efforts are successful?” Our curriculum meets the needs of all residential students, with specific outcomes directed to all populations. We engage residents around the topics of identity formation, community engagement, and civility. Through the residential curriculum’s three learning goals, Residential Life facilitates the development of skills, attitudes and beliefs, which fosters student growth during their time at Loyola and throughout their life. This curriculum is implemented through intentional conversations, passive initiatives, community meetings, and social and educational programming. All student and professional staff of Residential life work together in order to facilitate the residential curriculum, as they develop relationships with residents, educate their peers, and foster community. 

 
Learning Goals:

1. Identity Formation: the process of discovering who you are in relation to God and others

2. Community Engagement: learning how to be a member of your community through developing relationship with with others

3. Civility: discerning the degree to which our action and choices express the Jesuit value of being people for and with others.  

 
Strategies and Programs
In this model, First Year and Upper-division students will engage in experiences tailored to learning goals aligned with their own personal developmental interests and stages. Examples include:
 
  • 1:1 meetings with the RA or Residenti Minister
  • Floor Meetings
  • Floor wide and building wide events
  • Bring-a-long programs
  • Off-campus excursions and service opportunities
 
 
Curricular Approach
 
In this section, you are able to see the difference between a traditional programming model vs a curricular approach:

 

Program Model

Curricular Approach

Identifies list of general priorities or categories for a buffet table of various events

Clearly defined and more narrowly focused educational goals

Translates into a list of topical requirements for RA’s

Based on professional assessment of student educational needs

Often based on reaction needs displayed by students

Views co-curricular learning over time and learning is sequenced

Programming topic and implementation strategies often the responsibility of RA’s

Clearly defined delivery strategies which include programming as only one component

Group focused

Emphasis on individual student learning

Delivery relies on voluntary attendance

Specific lesson plans

Stand-alone sessions

Outcomes based and highly intentional review and approval process