In 2004, a team of student affairs professionals presented seven broad categories of learning outcomes in Learning Reconsidered: A Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience (NASPA/ACPA).  The following student learning outcomes are organized within these categories.

Whitman College Residence Life Learning Outcomes

Cognitive Complexity: Students will learn to...

  • foresee the consequences of their actions
  • articulate their ideas while respecting contrary ones
  • think independently and make decisions for themselves
  • process information regarding housing needs and requirements

Knowledge Acquisition, Integration, and Application: Students will learn to...

  • use knowledge gained from classroom and extracurricular experiences and apply it to their residence hall community living
  • identify and utilize appropriate campus and life resources
  • internalize and follow basic college policies
  • recognize the Wellness Model* as a means to well-rounded living

Humanitarianism: Students will learn to...

  • respect, value, and appreciate diversity in the broadest sense
  • understand their personal identity and how it relates to their community
  • engage in discussion around sensitive issues
  • acknowledge the effect of past experiences on individual perspectives

Civic Engagement: Students will learn to...

  • recognize their personal impact on individual Whitman community members (students, faculty, and staff) and the community as a whole
  • recognize the importance of community standards
  • implement strategies for coexisting with others in a common living space
  • connect to the community outside of their residence hall
  • recognize effective leadership skills and opportunities to develop as leaders

Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competence: Students will learn to...

  • communicate thoughts and feelings effectively
  • effectively manage and deal with conflict
  • recognize the role of collaboration and interdependence in community living
  • set boundaries in living situations and environments
  • navigate mature relationships

Practical Competence: Students will learn to...

  • make healthy lifestyle choices
  • effectively prioritize and manage their time commitments
  • perform basic life skills (i.e. laundry, cleaning, etc.)
  • follow safety procedures and the importance of such procedures

Persistence and Academic Achievement: Students will learn ...

  • to set goals and utilize strategies to obtain them
  • the role that residential living plays in a liberal arts education
  • to prioritize academics as the central aim of a liberal arts education
  • to study effectively in a residential college environment

*The Wellness Model consists of six areas that contribute to well-rounded development and growth: social, lifestyle, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual areas.