Foundation: Community Development and Curriculum
Social and Diverse Community
The foundation of the Living-Learning Program is in creating communities that not only meet the basic needs of students, but also where community members positively influence the experiences of others. Furthermore, we strive for what Ernest Boyer envisioned – creating a campus community that is purposeful, open, just, disciplined, caring, and celebrative (Carnegie Foundation, Campus Life-In Search of Community, 1990). These principles capture the social and diverse communities that are created and exist in living and learning environments.
Community provides the foundation from which we begin building competencies in leadership, academic success and wellness. In the ideal community, activities and associated learning flow back and forth between community and the three LAW curriculum focal points:
Students living in residence at NDSU are citizens of a social and diverse community. Creating a strong community where students are engaged in their residence hall and the greater NDSU community forms the foundation from which greater learning can, and will, occur. Students learn and develop when they become active in the collegiate experience (Astin, 1985). When students leave the residence hall or apartment environment, the Department of Residence Life has a goal that students will incorporate skills learned through experiencing the LAW curriculum.
As a result of the activities and services provided by Residence Life, residents display habits and attitudes that enhance their leadership abilities and consider multiple points of view.
As a result of the activities and services provided by Residence Life, residents will recognize a connection between their living environment and academic success and become aware of and utilize academic support services.
As a result of the activities and services provided by Residence Life, residents will practice the seven dimensions of wellness and recognize the impact of their overall wellness in connection with their personal and academic success.