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GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSING LIVING/LEARNING CENTER STUDENT-DESIGNED PROGRAMS


PURPOSE:

The Living/Learning Center's mission is, in part, to provide a residential environment that integrates formal and informal learning experiences and encourages students to be responsible for their own education. To attain this goal, the Center seeks students who wish to design their own educational programs, and it has reserved space and other appropriate support, including funds, for student-designed programs.


WHO MAY PROPOSE?

One or two full-time undergraduate students may submit a proposal for a student-designed program. (There is a limit of no more that two program directors per program.)


STUDENT PROGRAM DIRECTOR'S RESPONSIBILITIES:

Each student program director must make a good faith effort to ensure that program objectives and action steps, as described in the program proposal, are carried out. The Living/Learning Assistant Director and Graduate Assistant will be available to assist student program directors as needed. In addition:

  • Student program directors will attend a Program Director Workshop in February.
  • Student program directors will live in the Living/Learning Center with their programs.
  • Student program directors will arrive on campus early to attend a mandatory orientation session to be held prior to the official opening of the residence halls in the fall semester. (Program Director Orientation is tentatively scheduled a week before classes begin.
  • Student program directors are expected to attend monthly leadership seminars aimed at improving leadership skills
  • Student program directors will meet individually and as a group with the Living/Learning Center Graduate Assistant and/or Assistant Director monthly or as deemed necessary.
  • Student program directors will assist the Living/Learning Center in evaluating their program.
  • Student program directors will assist with other Center operations, such as new student recruitment, as needed.
  • As a student leader and a role model for other students in their programs, student program directors must remain in good academic standing with the University

PROGRAM ADVISOR:

Each student-designed program is required to have a Program Advisor who can assist the program by providing advice and expertise. Normally the Program Advisor is a UVM faculty or staff member, though someone in the Burlington community who is knowledgeable about your program's subject matter could serve as an effective advisor. An advisor could be especially helpful to you during the initial design of your program. The Director's Office can provide you with assistance in locating an advisor.


WHAT KINDS OF PROGRAMS ARE ELIGIBLE?

Any proposal with learning objectives that are appropriate for UVM support will be considered. This means, in part, that programs must be open to anyone who wishes to apply. Proposals may supplement and build upon an existing UVM course in which program members are already enrolled, or may pursue new educational directions for the students and for UVM. The Center will consider all subject areas and program models. Programs that address the following themes are especially welcome:

  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Diverse Cultures and Languages
  • General and Professional Interests
  • Health Professions and Wellness
  • Liberal Arts
  • Science, Technology and the Environment
  • Service and Leadership

Please refer to the ACCEPTANCE section below for more eligibility requirements.


WHEN TO PROPOSE:

As soon as possible! A preliminary "Notice of Intent to Propose a Living/Learning Program" is due by 4:00 PM on December 13th at the Living/Learning Center Director's Office. Please use the form included in your packet for this purpose. This should include a brief description (one or two paragraphs) of the proposed program and a list of some of its educational objectives.

The final, typed program proposal is due to the Living/Learning Center Director's Office by 4:00 PM on January 23rd in the Living/Learning Center Director's Office. This inlcludes both a paper copy handed in directly to the Director's Office and an electronic copy emailed to living.learning@uvm.edu.


PROGRAM PROPOSAL REVIEW PROCESS:

All program proposals will be evaluated for selection by the Living/Learning Program Selection Committee, which is composed of students, faculty and staff. Criteria upon which the Selection Committee will base its decision include:

  • Are the proposal's learning objectives clearly stated in performance-based terms? Are they achievable within the indicated time frame? Are they appropriate for UVM support?
  • What are the proposal's academic strengths? Do the objectives promote attainment of knowledge as opposed to attainment of skills? Attainment of skills is not in itself a suitable goal for Living/Learning Center programming.
  • Do appropriate action steps support each stated learning objective? Is there a realistic timeline for the implementation of the action steps?
  • Is the residential aspect (program members living together in suites) important to the overall objectives of the program?
  • Is there sufficient evidence of student interest? What are the plans for attracting students to join the program?
  • To what extent will the program's activities be made available for the benefit of all Living/Learning residents? To UVM? To the Community?

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP:

Windy Paz-Amor, Associate Director, and other staff members are available in the Living/Learning Director's Office to assist you in developing your proposal and to answer any questions you may have. The importance of utilizing this resource cannot be emphasized enough! Drop by the Director's Office or call 656-4200 to talk with Winnie about your proposal. The Director's Office is located in the Commons Building, near the Living/Learning Main Desk.


STUDENT-DESIGNED PROGRAM PROPOSAL OUTLINE

I. COVER PAGE

*Information about Students Proposing the Program

II. OVERVIEW OF PROPOSAL

III. LEARNING OBJECTIVE I

*Action Step

*Action Step

*Action Step

LEARNING OBJECTIVE II

*Action Step

*Action Step

*Action Step

LEARNING OBJECTIVE III

*Action Step

*Action Step

*Action Step

IV. COMMUNITY SERVICE

V. PROGRAM ADVISOR

VI. PUBLICITY PLANS

VII. SPECIAL FACILITIES REQUEST

VIII. PROGRAM SUITE REQUEST

VIIII. PLANS FOR INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER L/L PROGRAMS

IX. PROGRAM MEMBER RECRUITMENT PLAN

ATTACHMENTS

A1. PLANNING TIMELINE

A2. BUDGET REQUEST WORKSHEET

A3. NAMES OF STUDENTS INTERESTED IN PROGRAM


PROPOSAL FORMAT

Go here for a detailed description of the Program Proposal Format


TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL...

When you submit your program proposal to the Living/Learning Center, please include:

  • One copy of your proposal printed on a laser printer or on a high-quality ink jet printer. If you need access to a laser printer, contact the L/L Director’s Office.
  • All required attachments (Budget request, timeline, names of students interested in your program.)
  • A copy of the word-doc. file, preferably in Word format.

    - Additionally please submit an electronic copy of your proposal:

    Submit the file as an attachment (Word Doc) to an e-mail message. Send the message and attachment to: Living.Learning@uvm.edu. Please put “Program Proposal File - Name of Program” as the subject line of the message, substituting your program's name for "Name of Program"..

Be sure to keep a copy of everything (both electronic and paper) that you submit - including all attachments.

The selection committee often makes suggestions about how a proposal can be revised to make it stronger. It is much easier to make changes if you still have copies of all files and documents that you submitted. Please Note: An edited copy of your program proposal will be used to create a brochure for your program. These brochures - which are distributed to all students who express an interest in your program - will include your program's overview, all learning objectives and action steps, your planned community service activity, and the name of your program advisor.


A FINAL NOTE:

Remember that the staff members in the Living/Learning Director’s Office are your best resources for help in writing your proposal. We invite you to contact us: 205 Commons (near the Main Desk), x64200, e-mail: living.learning@uvm.edu

 

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