Science Residential College Earns Academic Collaboration Award
March 15, 2023
First-year students spend 153 hours a week outside the classroom, and the students living in the Science Residential College (SRC) have a multitude of options to fill that time in ways that set them up for success inside the classroom.
It may sound like a no-brainer at first, but bridging the academic and residential experiences in meaningful, engaging ways for students outside of the classroom requires extensive collaboration and dedication. Despite the challenge, the Science Res College team and Residential Life Horseshoe Community Residence Coordinator Ryan Campen recently won the Academic Collaboration Award from the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers for engaging programming, connecting students and faculty, and targeted academic support.
“In the Science Residential College, we are proud of the success of our residents both in and out of the classroom,” said Science Residential College Rector Hollie Hale-Donze. “The collaborative effort between the SRC and Residential Life has allowed us to provide a true living-learning community. Our team has worked together to openly communicate students’ needs and creatively plan and carry out unique enrichment programs designed to energize their passion for learning while reminding them that science is fun and applicable in their everyday lives.”
Students living in the Science Residential College achieve higher GPAs, retention rates, and matriculation rates into the College of Science than their peers.
The SRC cohort average on the fall departmental Chemistry final exam was 23.1% higher than their peer sections.*
“We work hard to make the Horseshoe Community feel like home for our students. All the structured academic programs like tutoring, supplemental instruction, and advising, coupled with the enriching social programs, foster a sense of belonging for residents,” said Academic Advisor Allison Hargrove.
The team approach at the Science Residential College is clearly working to provide students with the best first-year experience possible. Learn more about the SRC.
*Source: John Hopkins, cohort faculty