ERIC Number: ED260309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Utilizing Student Development Strategies to Develop a Residential Life Program: A Formula.
Smith, Kemper D., III; Hall, Melody H.
A review of student development literature reveals that the goal of student affairs has changed from the mission of controlling and serving students to that of developing students. Implementing a residential life program grounded in student developmental strategies requires careful planning. Three developmental strategies incorporated with sound theoretical undergirding will provide optimum conditions for human development: milieu management, community development, and programming. Under the heading of milieu management, student development strategies include the comprehensive residence hall personalization programs which can be divided into three categories: (1) general freedom programs which allow for maximum initiative and creativity by students in personalizing space; (2) limited freedom programs which allow students to personalize residence halls on a limited basis; and (3) restricted freedom programs which allow for personalization using strict guidelines. A comprehensive action plan for intentional community development can result in a sense of group unity and shared responsibility. One approach to educational programming, programming for wellness, can facilitate change, growth, and development. The environment, community, and developmental programming are all change strategies which provide the basic structure for developing a successful residential program. (A detailed outline of the three strategies is included.) (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (Boston, MA, March 24-27, 1985).