Research shows that students who live in the residence halls during their first year are more connected to the university, have higher GPAs, will graduate faster than their non-residential peers and be better prepared for life after graduation. Equipped with well-trained staff, Oregon State University’s residence halls adhere to a programmatic curriculum that encourages out-of-the-classroom learning and facilitates academic success.
University Housing and Dining Services has developed many new initiatives in partnership with several cross-campus organizations to ensure that the residence halls will serve as spaces where academic success thrives.
- Improve first-to-second-year retention among the students living in residence halls
- Increase the university’s six-year graduation rate by addressing the development of various competencies and transitional issues related to the first year experience
Ann Marie Klotz
Associate Director, Residential Education
University Housing and Dining Services
In partnership with the Academic Success Center, UHDS will continue its efforts to provide providing academic support and faculty engagement opportunities in the residence halls through Academic Learning Assistants. These live-in hall staff will be available to residents beginning in fall 2014 and will support first-year students in their adjustment to the academic culture of Oregon State by helping them cultivate strong academic habits and college knowledge, promoting engagement with university resources and assisting them in navigating the university landscape. Academic Learning Assistants will connect with students through one-on-one meetings and hall-wide programs and activities.
- Resident Assistant training incorporates findings from the four Residential Education First-Year Experience Implementation Taskforce subcommittees (Safe & Healthy Communities, Academic Success & Faculty Engagement, Traditions & Affinity Building and Living in Community) in order to effectively implement the goals and objectives of the first-year experience initiative
- CONNECT Crew pilot program implemented in all three east-side residence halls
- Residential Curriculum implemented in all residence halls and co-ops
- Resident Assistant-facilitated one-on-one conversations with first-year students occur each term
- STAR (Students Taking Academic Responsibility) Program implemented in all halls
- Inter-Hall Challenge implemented in all residence halls
- UHDS staff to work with faculty and staff from across campus to develop an assessment plan to determine the success of FYE initiatives
- Two new living-learning communities to be launched
On the horizon
- Eventually incorporate additional space designated for classrooms, faculty offices, live-in faculty apartments and programming in residence halls
- Develop a UHDS-Academic Success Center collaboration to develop a live-in peer academic mentor position to assist first-year students and resident assistants working with these students with the academic transition the university
Residential Education FYE Assessment
Oct. 18, 2013 presentation and meeting minutes