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Residence Life Learning Outcomes

At Whitworth University, we believe that student learning takes place throughout and across the college experience. The following student-learning domains and outcome statements describe the co-curricular learning that takes place through the programs, activities and services offered by Whitworth Residence Life. These learning outcomes also supplement and reflect the learning that takes place within academic affairs, creating a partnership in learning across the institution.

Learning Outcomes

Respect for Differences

Whitworth University Residence Life respects the differences of all who make up our community. As a result, in this domain we work to provide spaces that facilitate the learning and engagement of others while encouraging each student to understand his/her own culture.

Students will learn to:

  • Engage with multiple perspectives on a topic
  • Gain knowledge of other cultures, empathy toward others, personal self-confidence and personal cultural identity (cultural competence)

Meaningful Relationships

This domain recognizes the importance of community in the pursuit of healthy living. To this end we encourage students to think about how their actions affect others and how these actions shape the community to which each student belongs.

Students will learn to:

  • Connect to and participate in a community
  • Communicate and cooperate to determine core values that will help foster a healthy community

Critical Thinking

This domain recognizes our increasingly interdependent world and the need for students to be able to work out incongruities between worldview and behavior.

Students will learn to:

  • Integrate classroom learning into life on campus
  • Articulate their worldview/faith and work toward congruence between these and their behavior

Empowerment of Independence

This domain focuses on students' ability to interact with others and with the greater community, equiping them to seek out resources and relationships that will create deeper understanding in their lives.

In addition to the above, RAs will learn to:

  • Help residents understand their behavior and its impact on their community
  • Teach residents to be self-advocates
  • Equip residents to manage their personal lives through connections with campus resources
  • Connect their learned skills to their individual vocational goals
  • Develop community through individual relationships and programming