Institute on the Curricular Approach
Sunday, 14 October, 2018 - 08:00 to Wednesday, 17 October, 2018 - 18:00

Formally the Residential Curriculum Institute (RCI)

October 14-17, 2018

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Sponsored by ACPA Commissions for Housing & Residential Life and Assessment & Evaluation

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Conference Overview

The 12th annual Residential Curriculum Institute (RCI) co-sponsored by ACPA’s Commission for Housing & Residential Life and Assessment & Evaluation will challenge you to rethink the practices and grounding philosophies of your residential experience.

A residential curriculum provides an alternate approach to traditional programming models that focuses on student learning outside of the classroom. A curricular model utilizes clear learning outcomes and multiple strategies to engage learners in sequenced learning that is rooted in theory, and incorporates stakeholders across campus. A residential curriculum utilizes learning goals, learning outcomes, educational strategies, and effective assessment techniques.

Traditional Programming Model vs. Curricular Model

Some differences between a traditional programming model and curricular model are:

Traditional Programming Approach             Curricular Approach


General topical requirements for students

    Clearly defined goals and strategy for student


    Professionals assess and implement plans

Group-focused experiences

    Emphasis on individual learning

Delivery relies on standalone sessions

    Multiple strategies employed for intentional

*Adapted from ACPA RCI Plenary presentation

Through participation in ACPA RCI, you will have the opportunity to

  • view the curricular alternative to traditional programming models through showcases of multiple institutions
  • discover connections between the residential communities on your campus and your institution’s educational mission;
  • practice developing assessable learning outcomes and creation of educational resources
  • examine the impact this shift in thinking and practice has on you, your department, and students.

Sessions offered have been designed both for institutions new to the residential curriculum approach and for those with more advanced experience. Whether it is your first RCI or your seventh, you will leave inspired with new insights, new collegial connections, and new energy. We have representatives from all sizes and types of institutions who have benefited from the RCI Experience. Come and learn with us!

Demographics of institute participants (based institute evaluation data):

Team Attendance

     Years Attending RCI

Attended without a team

      First time attendee

Attended with two to five colleagues

      Returning attendee

Attended with more than six colleagues


Why Send a Team?

Consistently, some of the best feedback we receive from participants is from those who attended as members of an institutional team. While individual attendance is perfectly fine, if you can bring a team, we encourage it! Time is built into the schedule to reflect, brainstorm, and begin writing a residential curriculum.

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, 14 October


3 – 5pm


Monday, 16 October


7:30 – 8:30 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9 am


9 – 10 am


10 – 10:15 am

Q & A with Plenary

10:15 – 10:30 am

Break/Transition time

10:30 – Noon

Showcase by Host School

Noon – 1 pm


1:15 – 2:15 pm

Session 1

2:15 – 2:30 pm

Break/Transition time

2:30 – 4 pm

Archological Dig

4:15 – 5 pm

Poster Presentations, Resource Fair

Tuesday, 17 October


7:30 – 8:30am


8:30 – 10 am

Session #2:

10 – 10:15 am

Break/Transition time

10:15 – 11:45 am

Program 3

11:45 – 12:45 pm

Institute Lunch (included with registration)

12:45 – 1:45 pm


1:45 – 2 pm

Q & A with Keynote

2:15 – 3:15 pm

Showcase 2

3:15 – 3:30 pm

Break/Transition time

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Showcase 3

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Faculty consultation

Wednesday, 18 October


7 – 8 am


8 – 9 am

Session 4

9:15 – 10:15 am

Session 5

10:30 – 11:30 am


11:30 am – Noon

Closure Experience

12 – 1 pm



For travel purposes, the Institute begins early morning on, Monday, 15 October, 2018 and ends after lunch on Wednesday, October 17 October, 2018. suggest that attendees arrive on Sunday and book flights that depart after 3pm on Wednesday, 17 October.