Institute on the Curricular Approach
Sunday, 16 October 2016 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, 19 October 2016 - 1:00pm

October 16-19, 2016
Tampa Marriott Westshore
Tampa, Florida, USA

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

2016 RCI Campus Host: University of South Florida

Sponsored by:


Conference Overview

The 10th 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 the 2016 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 past 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


3:00- 5:00 p.m.          Registration 

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.        Institute Welcome Reception


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.        Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9 a.m.             Welcome

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.      Plenary (Keith Edwards and Kathleen Gardner)

10:30 –10:45 a.m.    Break/Transition time

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.   USF Showcase Presentation

11:45 – 12:00            Q and A (Plenary and Showcase)

Noon – 1 p.m.           Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.        Session I




Session I:  Archeological Dig/Educational Priority

New to RCI but From Curricular Institutions

 Making the Most out of Returning to RCI

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.        Break/Transition time

2:45 – 4:00 p.m.        Archeological Dig Workshop (Beginners) or Consultation (returners)  

4:15– 5 p.m.              Resource Fair

6 - 9 p.m.                    Institute Reception


7:30 – 8:30a.m.         Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10 a.m.           Session 2




Learning Goals/Narratives/Departmental Learning Outcomes

Rubric Development

Developing/integrating multiple plans

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.   Break/Transition time

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.   Session 3




Educational plans/sequencing/lesson plans/strategy learning outcomes

Educational plans and lesson plans – putting it all together

Establishing a Scholar Practitioner Culture

11:45 –12:45 p.m.    Lunch

12:45 – 2:00 p.m.     Keynote 2

2:15 –  3:15 p.m.       Showcase Presentations (3 Institutions)

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.        Break/Transition time

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.        Showcase Presentations  (3 Institutions)

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.        Faculty consultations

Institutional Team Workshop Time, “Organizational Perspective on Adopting the Residential Curriculum Approach:  An Ethnographic Case Study” dissertation presentation by Hilary Lichterman

6:00 p.m.                    Free Night on the town


7:00 – 8:00 a.m.        Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.        Session 4




Assessing Student Learning

Developing a Curriculum Assessment Plan

Staff Selection and Training

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.        Break/Transition Time

9:10 – 10:10 a.m.      Session 5




Turning concept into action

Developing a curriculum review process

Assessment:  using assessment to brand, market, and tell the story of a residential curriculum

10:10 – 10:20 a.m.   Break/Transition Time

10:20 – 11:20 a.m.   Keynote 3 (Kathleen Kerr)

11:20 – 11:30 a.m.   Q&A

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.   Bringing Closure to RCI

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.     Lunch 

For travel purposes, the Institute begins early morning on, Monday, October 17, 2016 and ends after lunch on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. There is an optional social Sunday, October 16. We suggest that attendees arrive on Sunday and book flights that depart after 3pm on Wednesday, October 19.