Many university residence life programs are shifting to
include housing options that provide additional programming and resources for
groups of students with common interests or majors. This has shown to improve
university retention rates, increase overall student satisfaction, and is also
often used to attract students to a university. These communities can also be
used to address a need on campus or to provide additional support and resources
to residents of the learning community.
Ideally, faculty and residence life staff work together to provide an
enriching living-learning experience.
For the 2013-2014 academic year, the Office of Residence
Life and the Department of Nursing will be collaborating to pilot the Nursing Living
Learning Community. We aim to provide a socially and academically focused community
to increase nursing student’s peer support systems and provide supplemental
learning opportunities. The community
was designed with sophomore and transfer nursing students in mind, but is open
to all upperclassmen nursing students interested in participating.
Why develop a Nursing
Living Learning Community?
RMU has a well-respected, academically challenging, thriving
nursing program. Students in the nursing program form close friendships with
others in the program typically through study groups and shared courses. Many
maintain their nursing friendships throughout their time in the program. This
community is specifically aimed at providing the participating sophomore
nursing students with an environment that will help them be most successful at
achieving their academic goals. Sophomore year is when many of the core
curriculum classes begin, coursework becomes more demanding, and relationships
are formed with nursing faculty and upperclassmen in the program. If a nursing
student struggles in their sophomore year, they are more likely to change their
major or withdraw from RMU. By junior
year, many nursing students have created strong friendships with 2-4 other
students and will choose to move off campus, or apply for an apartment
together, however, many upper-level students find it helpful to review the
prior year’s content and serve as mentors for the underclassmen. Additionally,
the RA and faculty lead programming will be applicable to all members of the
Residential Community Overview
Open to students who have declared nursing as
his/her major, and have completed at least 12 credit hours.
Floor(s) will be staffed with academically
strong upperclassmen Resident Assistants (RA) who are declared nursing majors
with at least 48 completed credit hours.
Many RA programs will be directly related to
nursing student needs and interests, such as learning new study skills, open
lab practice sessions, and discussions about hot topics in the nursing field.
Faculty-led presentations, seminars, and
excursions will supplement the RA programming.
Organized trips to local and regional sites for
networking and learning opportunities
24-hour access to a study room located in the
Opportunity to form study groups with peers in
Students will have an early move-in date, a program
orientation, and will complete a community service project to build residential
community relationships and have a shared experience.
Students will create “Floor Norms” such as
modified quiet hours and peer expectations.
Applicants who submit their housing contract,
deposit, and the application by March 19th will self-select rooms
and roommates in early room selection on March 22nd onto the
floor(s). Same- gender roommate groups must be formed by March 20th.