Residential Curriculum Model Enhances Student Engagement and Learning

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To help improve retention and promote academic success, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) sought to provide more opportunities for students to engage in learning outside the classroom. The traditional model that was in place delivered programs requested and led by the resident advisors (RAs), which were often passive or spontaneous. This made it difficult for housing operations staff to effectively plan, execute, and track meaningful student engagement programs across campus. They made the decision to implement a residential curriculum model and turned to StarRez for help with the transition.


Housing staff at UCCS struggled with inefficient processes for planning and reporting on student engagement programs.


Utilizing the StarRez Programming module, staff modified workflows and enhanced reporting to transition from a traditional program model to a residential curriculum model.

Impressive Results

One year after implementing the residential curriculum model, UCCS leveraged StarRez Programming to:

  • Record data from 1,583 programs, bulletin boards, and floor meetings — compared to 243 the previous year
  • Document 9,249 resident interactions — compared to zero the previous year
  • Track as high as 80% attendance at floor meetings — compared to no data the previous year

A deeper connection

A residential curriculum model is based on a research-driven, educational approach. Programs are designed by professional staff and follow an established learning plan, providing a structured framework for RAs to follow. By participating in intentional, community-driven learning with their peers, students can enrich their housing experience while furthering both their academic and personal development.

An integrated solution

The Programming module, part of the StarRez Campus Life product, allowed UCCS to integrate its engagement initiatives with all relative campus systems, including its ID card technology. This made it easy to track student attendance and streamline a clunky check-in and check-out process. Fully customizable workflows enabled the team to modify their planning and evaluation protocols, helping to ensure quality, consistency, and accountability across events. The online portal facilitated smooth registration and payment, minimizing administrative paperwork and data entry. The team also used the powerful Report Generator within the module to capture more data than ever before. This insight can be used to measure the impact of the university’s student engagement programs and identify opportunities for improvement.