Learning Goals

Wesleyan University offers a variety of housing options based on a model of increasing independence. Through their residential experiences, students will hone skills in the following areas:

Critical Thinking and Academic Excellence

  • Identify, analyze, and assess information in a comprehensive manner
  • Use problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Engage with faculty and staff
  • Develop personal and educational goals and objectives

Self-Empowerment and Life Skills

  • Manage time effectively
  • Articulate needs and utilize appropriate resources
  • Be accountable and accept consequences for choices and mistakes
  • Comply with policies and regulations
  • Manage stress and use coping skills
  • Maintain a clean living environment

Effective Citizenship

  • Respect self and others
  • Understand role within communities and participate in community governance
  • Respect others’ and university property
  • Support sustainable living practices (recycling/composting/minimal waste efforts)
  • Engage in constructive action

Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

  • Understand personal identities and privilege and how they interact within a diverse community
  • Value new ideas, and cultural and lifestyle differences
  • Describe the advantages and challenges of a multicultural society
  • Seek involvement with people different from oneself
  • Challenge the use of stereotypes and the unfair or uncivil behaviors of others

Effective Communication

  • Exhibit effective listening and comprehension skills
  • Write and speak effectively with attention to introducing self, tone, tact, coherence, appropriate language and public speaking skills
  • Model honesty
  • Explain rationale for personal behavior
  • Be attentive to non-verbal communication