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Residential Learning Communities
GCSU will be acknowledged as a national leader in enhancing student learning and success by integrating intellectual, academic and social activities with residential life.

1. Describe how this pillar builds upon existing institutional strengths and traditions.

  • Existing space available for classrooms
  • Freshman residency requirement
  • Majority of students are traditional age
  • Existing engagement and intimacy
  • Majority of students are non-local
  • Residential Learning Communities are an extension of existing Living/Learning Communities (experience) – Good groundwork on which to build (residency requirement/current LLCs)
  • Safety
  • Strong history of alumni bonding through GSCW
  • University mission of fostering critical teacher/student relationships in and out of the classroom

2. What would we do to nurture this pillar so that it would enhance the quality and depth of the students' total collegiate learning experience here?

  • Add private dining spaces
  • Expand health services
  • Create common spaces and performance halls in residence halls
  • Enhance intramural activities
  • Create weekend competitions and activities
  • Incorporate residential colleges. into campus ceremonies
  • Develop new academic programs that are challenging
  • Opportunity for transfer students to be linked to a group
  • Special projects
  • Annual review (feedback and a chance to improve)
  • Faculty involvement incentives
  • Tying general education cluster courses
  • Make realistic strategies for faculty
  • Make more consistent interactions other than once a week table talk
  • Gives students a chance to try something new without pressure of failure
  • Residential Learning Communities must be kept small with each group having their own identity (themes)

3.  What potential does this pillar have for bringing external recognition as an exemplary feature of the learning experience?

  • Only program of its kind in Georgia
  • Become a peer in a limited circle of elite institutions
  • Adds visibility to GCSU
  • Stronger alumni connections
  • Organizes out-of-classroom experiences
  • Increased student retention/graduation rates
  • A niche to be distinguished with/by COPLAC
  • Only Georgia public college/university to have RLC model
  • Serve as a pillar among the southeast region


Proposed Pillars of Distinction

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