Residential Curriculum

CSB Residential Life recognizes the importance of educating students in and out of the classroom. Encouraging each resident’s holistic development for their success as a scholar and a community member is the mission of the residential life program at CSB. One way CSB Residential Life achieves this is through the CSB Residential Life Curriculum. Developed with residents in mind, CSB Residential Life adapted institutional learning goals to develop outcomes for residents. 

Learning Goals

Utilizing a cohort model for resident housing, residential life professionals customize the curriculum to meet the unique developmental needs of residents as they progress through the program. CSB Residential Life calls the curricular pathways the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE), the Sophomore Residential Experience (SMORE), and CARE (the Campus Apartments Residential Experience).


The residential curriculum at CSB utilizes a wide variety of strategies rooted in student development theory, best practice, and more to support students’ continued development. In their first year, residents are introduced to these strategies. 


Resources and theories used to develop the CSB Residential Curriculum: 

 What is a Residential Curriculum? Curricular Approach? Residential Learning Model? – Roompact

Shifting to Curricular Approaches Beyond the Classroom

Astin’s Student Involvement Theory

Chickering’s Theory of Identity Development

Tinto’s Student Departure Theory 

Gillian’s Conceptions of Self and Morality

Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development