Tuesday 13 June 2017

Residence Life in Student Accommodation: Improving Residence Life Assessment Practises

etc.venues - Liverpool Street - Norton Folgate - London

Suitable for: Organisations who are new to the Residence Life concept and considering introducing it, or those with an established programme who want to improve it's delivery and evaluation.

Bishopsgate Court, 4-12 Norton Folgate, London E1 6DQ

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DAY ONE: Tuesday 13th June 2017

9.15am - 9.30am Registration and coffee

Sessions led by Kirsten Kennedy, Executive Director, University Housing, University of South Carolina

9.30am - 9.50am Welcome to the Course and Introductions

9.50am - 11.20am Historical Progression of Housing and Residence Life -From Oxford and Cambridge through experimental colleges, this session will follow the evolution of both building structures and faculty and staff roles.

11.20am - 11.30am Questions and discussion

11.30am - 11.45am Break (tea and coffee provided)

11.45am - 1.00pm What Makes Living On-Campus Effective? This session will review the outcomes of living on campus, along with the program and staffing structures that enhance those outcomes.  Astin’s Inputs-Environments-Outcomes (IEO) model will be introduced.

1.00pm - 1.15pm Questions and discussion

1.15pm - 2.00pm Lunch (provided)

2.00pm – 3.00pm What’s New in Assessment: Double Loop Assessment Model Assessment efforts in campus housing really took hold in the mid-90s, and this session will provide an updated look at how assessment can be more effective than previous models.  Specifically, the double-loop assessment model will be introduced and used as a foundation for Day 2.

3.00pm – 3.15pm Questions and discussion

3.15pm – 4.15pm Case Study: Res Life at University of South Carolina

4.15pm - 4.35pm Concluding remarks & END

DAY TWO: Wednesday 14th June, 2017

9.15am - 9.30am Tea and Coffee

Sessions led by Kirsten Kennedy, Executive Director, University Housing, University of South Carolina

9.30am – 11.00am Writing Outcomes that Connect to Organizational Strategic Documents
This session will help participants identify organizational priorities and develop outcomes that align with strategic direction.  Significant time will be spent in writing effective outcomes which can be assessed. 

11.00am - 11.30am What’s working? Case Study from a UK institution TBC

11.30am - 11.45am Break (tea and coffee provided)

11.45am – 1.15pm Strategies for Achieving Outcomes
Programs, one-on-one conversations, bulletin boards, opinion polling and other strategies will be covered in the context of semester strategy planning documents.

1.15pm - 2.00pm Lunch (provided)

2.00pm – 3.00pm Data Collection/Analysis & Ethics
Using Astin’s IEO model, constant data collection at the student level is the most effective method to understand environmental factors that influence outcomes.  This section will focus on unobtrusive data collection and appropriate methods of analysis, along with ethical considerations for collecting data.

3.00pm - 4.00pm Sharing Results & Implementing Change
How to close the first loop will be covered in this session, along with the myriad ways of sharing results to influence decisions, develop policy, and improve practice.

4.00pm - 4.20pm Concluding remarks & END


Residence Life is still in the early stages of development in the UK for universities and private providers of student accommodation. Many are experimenting with the concept as a means of reducing attrition, creating engaged communities, tackling loneliness and promoting a unique institutional identify to attract new students. A few HEIs have a fully formed model and some private providers are adopting their own versions, but most are still in the developmental stage and asking:

  • What are we trying to achieve? What is the mission and goals of our Res Life activity?
  • How can these goals feed into creating the programme?
  • How can we assess whether we are meeting our goals using suitable assessment methods?
  • Can we secure more resources and expand our Res Life scheme by demonstrating real improvements in pastoral outcomes?

This annual event from Unipol Training aims to draw the best expertise from around the world and we are pleased to confirm that Dr Kirsten Kennedy from the University of South Carolina will be leading this two day event. In conjunction with ACUHO - I, Kirsten has recently published the book Making a Different: Improving Residence Life Assessment Practices. She will be and will be sharing her insights into how to structure and plan a Residence Life programme, but also assess what impact it is having.

This new event will examine:

  • What techniques and activities can be used to help students settle in and develop support networks of friends from the outset
  • How can we move beyond just the welcome event into a structured programme of activity through term, and what are the inhibitors and obstacles to overcome in doing this?
  • How to assess and report on the impacts of Residence Life activity, and use this information to improve future activity

Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £470
Friends of Unipol Rate - £420

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