The 2015 Residential College Symposium hosted by Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas invites faculty, administrators, student affairs administrators, and students to submit presentation proposals for consideration in this year’s symposium held on October 15-17. A rapidly growing phenomenon in universities and colleges nationwide, residential colleges typically provide living-learning communities that build on partnerships between academic and student affairs educators and students to enrich student learning, connections, and success. A number of different models have proliferated, including live-in faculty, first or second year focused, and complete four-year experience. All of these models share a commonality in building bridges between students, faculty, and staff to create more intimate, intensive, and academically rich learning experiences that expand beyond the classroom. At the symposium, we will explore existing and emergent models of residential colleges, the challenges proponents of residential colleges face, best practices, and data on student outcomes.
We invite programs that address any themes related to the residential college experience. We especially encourage student-faculty-staff collaborations in developing presentations. In particular, we seek proposals that explore the pillars of this year's symposium: Academic Foundations, Assessment and Evaluation, Collaborative Partnerships, Spaces for Learning, and Student Leadership.
Proposals were submitted by Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 (11:59pm).