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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. Through interaction with peers, faculty, and staff, undergraduates within the residential college system will:


 

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

Third-year Learning Outcome: Generate connections between academic program of study and areas for impact in the world.

  • Articulate connection between major and larger issues in the world
  • Develop an understanding of career opportunities directly and indirectly aligned with major
  • Explore links to global perspectives and discover international experiences to broaden connections related to coursework and Immersion
  • Build a network of faculty connections within major and beyond

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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

Third-year Learning Outcome: Reflect on personal role in furthering activities and relationships that positively impact the broader community and provide a space for all community members to feel a sense of belonging.

  • Actively engage in conversation around the expression of self and the empathetic regard for others in shared spaces
  • Develop inclusive leadership skills through consistent participation in student organizations, clubs, and/or sports
  • Critically evaluate personal understanding of the breadth of community needs throughout the university
  • Intentionally integrate opportunities for greater exploration of different cultures and perspectives into daily life to deepen relationships with peers and practice building inclusive spaces for all

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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

Third-year Learning Outcome: Demonstrate agency in the development of lifestyle choices that foster continued personal growth and resilience.

  • Exhibit self-efficacy in establishing healthy boundaries around alcohol consumption and sexual health behaviors
  • Actively evaluate academic track and social commitments, prioritizing areas of engagement that contribute to overall wellness
  • Leverage personal experiences and university resources to help cultivate a strong network of support among Vanderbilt students

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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

Third-year Learning Outcome: Formulate an action plan to further personal and professional goals through the intentional application of leadership skills.

  • Investigate internships, full-time positions, or graduate school prospects within desired industry
  • Connect narrow academic interests to broader themes relevant to personal and professional interests and goals
  • Deepen engagement with opportunities relevant to interest areas through immersive experiences such as research, internships, volunteer work, and study abroad
  • Construct contingency plans, in addition to primary goals, that demonstrate resilience and maturity

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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 overlapping identities that characterize diverse communities.

  • 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-year Learning Outcome: Appraise personal level of cultural humility and sensitivity to global social issues and cultivate a commitment to continual growth and knowledge acquisition.

  • Seek out opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue with others which requires the practice of conflict management and culturally appropriate communication skills
  • Assess personal biases and develop strategies for countering them in everyday life
  • Advocate for social justice with an understanding of personal role in building a more just society

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Fourth-year learning outcomes for the five pillars of Residential Colleges are under development.

 

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