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Upper-Class Residential Experience

Upgrade Your Learning as an Upper-class Student


The UMass Lowell Core Curriculum weaves seven Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) into every student’s educational experience. The Office of Residence Life supports the ELOs through enriching the residential experience by weaving the ELOs into the Residential Curriculum. Our goal is to provide intentional programs to our Upper-Class student based upon their developmental needs through Learning Objective based programming (see below). In an effort to ensure that Upper-Class students will have opportunities to become exposed to these essential intellectual skills, we are providing outside of the classroom events and experiences for students. All you need to do is engage in the programs created by your Resident Advisor (RA)!

The ELOs are listed as follows:

  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA): Be a thoughtful, aware citizen of the global community.
  • Information Literacy (IL): Find, evaluate, and synthesize information effectively and persuasively.
  • Social Responsibility and Ethics (SRE): Shape the world to improve life in your community and beyond.
  • Written and Oral Communication (WOC): Express ideas to professional peers with purpose and clarity.
  • Quantitative Literacy (QL): Be skilled in the many forms and varieties of numerical analysis.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CTPS): Evaluate ideas and evidence rationally to produce and implement solutions.
  • Applied and Integrative Learning (AIL): Synthesize knowledge and abilities in meaningful practice.

Upper-Class Residential Experience: Learning Objectives

As a result of living in an upper-class residence hall at UMass Lowell, students will have the opportunity to:

Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA):
  • Identify ways in which diversity has impacted the communities they have lived in.
  • Explain cultural privilege and the role it has played in their life.
  • Formulate methods for taking action in areas of social justice.
Information Literacy (IL):
  • Determine ways social media can affect a student’s life, both positively and negatively.
  • Develop an understanding of various styles of leadership, including their own.
  • Develop a long term plan to sustain health and wellness.
Social Responsibility and Ethics (SRE):
  • Discuss how they apply their ethics to make choices.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of social justice and ethics within their field of study.
  • Identify where the foundation for their ethics is derived from.
Written and Oral Communication (WOC):
  • Develop an elevator pitch to impress potential employers.
  • Prepare a professional resume & professional cover letter.
  • Create and implement an effective presentation.
Quantitative Literacy (QL):
  • Determine ways to build good credit and how that credit affects their life.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the options for investing and saving money.
  • Construct a thoughtful budget for life after college.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CTPS):
  • Distinguish ways to resolve disputes with members of their community.
  • Debate a position on a controversial issue and defend it to their peers.
  • Prioritize action steps when multiple problems arise at once.
Applied and Integrative Learning (AIL):
  • Determine careers that are available to them based on their major.
  • Navigate the process of finding and obtaining an internship/co-op.
  • Identify the important factors of networking within their field of study.
Be sure to utilize your RAs knowledge of campus resources to get engaged and make the most of your campus experience!