19.3.08

IT'S NOT IN YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION. The faculty at the University of Delaware have time-slipped the division of Residential Life for calling a voluntary activity a "Residence Life Education Curriculum."
The Student Life Committee of the Faculty Senate believes that Residence Life should have relied on the faculty in the development of a Curricular Approach to Residence Life.
That is, if the intent of somebody at Delaware was to develop a curriculum.
The Student Life Committee of the Faculty Senate believes that there was not a clear understanding on whether the participation in the Residence Life Curriculum was voluntary or mandatory. Considering the nature of the topics, it would be imperative that students clearly understand that it is voluntary rather than having the impression it was mandatory.
And if it is a curriculum, it is supposed to be the responsibility of the faculty.
The Student Life Committee of the Faculty Senate believes that there was an inappropriate reliance on resident assistants in the implementation of the curriculum. It was not in the best interest of either the residence assistants or the residents that certain activities were not led by qualified professionals.
But only after the faculty curriculum committees, in best regulated industry fashion, eliminate all possibility of wasteful duplication or incompetent provision of service.
Use of “curriculum” and “educational” on a university campus implies academic content that is typically conveyed in classroom or laboratory settings. This content has withstood rigorous review by faculty members and academic departments. The committee feels the term “educational” still conveys a classroom image and not an extracurricular activity that should be enjoyable as well as mind-expanding. To avoid any confusion, when talking about education that is planned to occur in residence halls, it is recommended that the term curriculum be replaced with “residence life program”.
At The Torch, Adam Kissel commends the faculty.

The first and [unquoted by me -- SHK] third points look like the main reasons that the faculty committee continues to have no patience with the Residence Life proposal to run an educational program with any agenda, much less its own highly politicized one.

Well done, UD faculty!

A point he does not quote suggests a more cynical interpretation.
Given the unique opportunities that exist because of the residence hall setting, learning opportunities related to study habits, personal development, citizenship, community, sustainability, and diversity can and should continue to be available in the residence halls. To that end, it is recommended the mission statement and activities of Residence Life continue to address these opportunities; however, the specific learning outcomes, goals and implementation related to these opportunities must be revised. Residence Life should also be proactive in communicating with the students to determine which types of programs should be offered and what issues should be addressed.
The Perpetually Aggrieved among the faculty would no doubt be happy to continue the same ideological themes, albeit for credit.

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