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Residential Learning Communities

Mission Statement for Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities at the University of Vermont are designed to engage the whole student, tying together the intellectual, ethical, and social aspects of college life. By living together with fellow students who share common interests and ideals, the individual student becomes part of a true community, a community that is also tied to the greater world beyond the confines of the university. In addition, students, faculty, and staff are given the opportunity to interact outside the classroom, the lab, or the office, thereby encouraging the pursuit of knowledge as a lifetime activity.

Overall Educational Outcomes for Residential Learning Community Students

Our proposed outcomes for Residential Learning Communities are consonant both with UVM’s strategic objectives and with the  key educational outcomes recently articulated by the Association of American Colleges & Universities in their publication Our Students' Best Work: A Framework for Accountability Worthy of our Mission.

  • An interdisciplinary understanding of (and hands-on experience with) inquiry practices that explore the natural, social, and cultural realms.
  • Intercultural knowledge and collaborative problem-solving skills.
  • A mindset that fosters integrative, critical thinking and the ability to transfer skills and knowledge from one setting to another.
  • A proactive sense of civic and social responsibility.
  • Strong written and oral communication, technology, and leadership skills for success in college and beyond.

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