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Philosophy

“Here we will help you find, ask and work on the questions that matter to you. We will help you view these questions in new and different ways. We know that the questions that matter to our students are the questions we all need answered. Along with the exceptionally talented faculty and staff throughout the university, it is my privilege to welcome, challenge and equip the next generation of Vanderbilt students.
—Vanessa Beasley, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Residential Faculty

We believe that intentional and mutually beneficial educational networks among students, faculty, and staff create a residential collegiate experience that rests on discovery, creative inquiry, and engaged citizenship. Vanderbilt Residential Colleges promote the development of intellect, community, personal well-being, self-discovery, and cultural awareness.


 

Intellect

First-year Learning Outcome: Acquire an appreciation for intellectual discovery and creativity outside the bounds of the formal academic curriculum, which contributes to academic engagement & success.

  • Identify and engage with academic resources
  • Engage in dialogue with a faculty member outside of the classroom
  • Develop habits of inquiry to explore intellectual topics outside those within the academic program of study

Second-year Learning Outcome: Refine academic passions and questions through intentional engagement with faculty and campus resources.

  • Articulate personal academic and professional passion
  • Establish a professional relationship with a faculty member as it pertains to the Immersion Vanderbilt degree requirement
  • Examine habits of inquiry and distinguish areas for growth

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Community

First-year Learning Outcome: Engage actively in building healthy communities on their floors, in their Houses, in their Visions groups, on The Ingram Commons, and within the university.

  • Embrace the diversity (i.e., racial, ethnic, gender, sexual identity, etc.) of the community
  • Develop cognizance of individual role in creating a supportive environment
  • Pursue opportunities to engage in university-wide efforts to bolster community
  • Engage in dialogue with each other about behaviors that impact the community

Second-year Learning Outcome: Cultivate intentional relationships that foster opportunities for meaningful engagement with a diverse peer group, community building, and leadership development.

  • Develop supportive, non-proximal relationships with peers of differing backgrounds and perspectives
  • Pursue co-curricular engagement opportunities that are aligned with personal passions and goals
  • Examine influences of peer group on personal values and identity

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Personal Well-Being

First-year Learning Outcome: Understand and learn to utilize the skills necessary for healthy physical, psychological, and sexual well-being.

  • Identify and engage with resources for generating healthy patterns of self-care
  • Actively participate in discourse with community members on practices of healthy living
  • Assume responsibility for developing personal resilience and sustainable practices of healthy living

Second-year Learning Outcome: Assume responsibility for developing and regularly practicing a sustainable set of personal well-being habits.

  • Practice making autonomous decisions to promote self-care, with conscientious regard for potential outcomes
  • Intentionally engage in practices that foster self-advocacy
  • Prioritize personal, physical, and psychological well-being

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Self-Discovery

First-year Learning Outcome: Clarify their own ethical, spiritual, and civic personal values through self-discovery.

  • Develop awareness and understanding of personal values
  • Participate in community dialogue which challenges personal development and broadens understanding of self
  • Explore civic responsibility opportunities within and outside of the Vanderbilt community
  • Develop and maintain personal and academic integrity to contribute to the integrity of the Vanderbilt community

Second-year Learning Outcome: Affirm or redefine personal goals through careful reflection of value systems and wider social dynamics.

  • Examine personal strengths and areas for improvement with regard to self-determined purpose
  • Seek out resources on campus to further develop professional skills
  • Explore other value systems to analyze the intersection of those systems with personal values

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Cultural Awareness

First-year Learning Outcome: Explore, live, and celebrate the diverse community of The Ingram Commons, Vanderbilt, Nashville, and the world.

  • Develop awareness and understanding of personal identities, biases, and stereotypes in relation to privilege
  • Develop a healthy attitude towards nondiscrimination
  • Develop global and cultural competencies
  • Contribute to the creation of an inclusive community that embraces and honors people of all backgrounds and experiences

Second-year Learning Outcome: Demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion, based on a developed understanding of the relationship between social justice and the many.

  • Recognize intersection of identities in social, academic, and personal settings
  • Develop practical tools for interaction within diverse communities, including culturally appropriate communication
  • Explore creative strategies to reduce injustice on campus

Third- and fourth-year learning outcomes for the five pillars of Residential Colleges are under development.

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