The Office of Residence Life uses a residence education model to engage and educate house residents. This model provides a framework for the professional and student residence life staff to assure consistent, assessable and measurable learning in each of the college’s 39 house communities.
What Is It?
Compass, the Smith College residence education model, guides the learning that happens for residential students within Smith College houses. With guidance from the Smith College Strategic Plan, the institutional mission and divisional mission statements and core values, relevant student development theory, the Smith Equity Education plan, and institutional data, Residence Life professional staff identified key needs of Smith College residential students and designed a residence education model to address those needs. This model was created to provide intentional learning opportunities for residential students.
This education model is broken down into several different sections. The educational priority is the overarching statement about what we want our students to learn before they leave Smith. The three learning goals are specific statements of what students will learn from living in campus housing. For every learning goal, there is a corresponding narrative which provides a detailed description that further defines our learning goals and explains what the model has been designed to achieve. As part of each learning goal, there are four to five measurable learning outcomes that residents attain through their participation with the residence education model.
As a result of living on campus at Smith College, students will become global neighbors.