Institute on the Curricular Approach
Sunday, 18 October 2015 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 1:00pm

October 18 – 21, 2015
JW Marriott
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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

2015 RCI Campus Host: Indiana State University

Conference Overview

The 9th 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
Reactionary     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 the 2015 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 on 2014 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?

Last year, some of the best feedback received from participants was 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, October 18


3 – 5pm


5 – 6:00pm

Institute Welcome Reception

Monday, October 19


7:30 – 8:30 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast (included with registration)

8:30 – 9 am


9 – 10 am

Dr. Stephen John Quaye, Keynote

10 – 10:15 am

Q & A with Dr. Quaye via Moderator

10:15 – 10:30 am

Break/Transition time

10:30 – Noon


Noon – 1 pm


1:15 – 2:15 pm

Showcase by Host School

2:15 – 2:30 pm

Break/Transition time

2:30 – 4 pm

Session I

4:15 – 5 pm

Poster Presentations

6 pm

Institute dinner

Tuesday, October 20


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

Dr. Penny Pasque, Keynote

1:45 – 2 pm

Q & A with Dr. Pasque via moderator

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 via structure set up

6 pm

Night on the town

Wednesday, October 21


7 – 8 am


8 – 9 am

Program 4

9:15 – 10:15 am

Program 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, October 19, 2015 and ends after lunch on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. There is an optional social Sunday, October 18. We suggest that attendees arrive on Sunday and book flights that depart after 3pm on Wednesday, October 23.