Designing Sustainable Communities for Living and Learning

Preston

Community Education Teams

In University Housing, we are committed to enhancing the academic success and personal development of our students. We utilize assessment regularly to provide insight into our students’ satisfaction, thoughts, feelings and experiences. The staff within University Housing serve in a number of roles, all designed and responsible for actively assisting individuals and groups of students in their residential learning community. The academic experience is of value to our students. In University Housing, we collaborate with faculty and staff to enrich our students’ educational experiences. Every residence hall environment at USC is considered to be a learning-enhancing community. University Housing promotes student learning through an environment that motivates and inspires students to devote time and energy to educationally purposeful activities. As members of these communities, residents live in one of two classifications of living and learning communities:

General Learning Communities (GLCs) are defined as environments in which residents have a variety of majors and academic interests. These learning communities may take the shape of a floor, a wing or a building and are student-led and facilitated by residence life staff and campus partners who engage in meaningful dialogue to further the Carolina Core.

Associated Learning Communities (ALCs) have a direct association with the respective academic area, theme, faculty or academic staff. These 19 communities all have one thing in common: faculty, staff and students who are actively engaged in the undergraduate experience at USC.

Community Education Teams

Community Education Teams (CETs) are comprised of residents, hall staff, faculty and academic staff. There is a CET for each learning community, associated and general. The purpose of CETs is to foster a shared vision and responsibility for the design and implementation of a living and learning community. CETs are responsible for goal setting, designing and implementing related programs all aligning with our departmental A-Frame and Six I’s guiding philosophies. Benefits of the CET model include:

  • Collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs
  • Shared responsibility for the education of our students
  • New ways to create intentional educational and integrative learning opportunities
  • A new network to create and foster relationships
  • Sustainability of learning communities, in addition to their programs and resources