Fostering community

The Office of Residential Life and Housing is committed in providing quality living, programs and services that support the academic mission of New College of Florida.

Philosophy

The Office of Residential Life and Housing is responsible for maintaining student residences that support the educational mission statement of New College of Florida. Our aim is to strengthen the learning experience for all students by providing living and learning opportunities for intellectual and personal development that complement those within the classroom setting.

Members of our staff strive to foster personal responsibilities, civic engagement, and leadership though programs and activities consistent with the values of the College’s mission. Finally, the Office of Residential Life and Housing strives to develop students who are:

  • Global citizens
  • Responsible and involved members of the community
  • Individuals of compassion and integrity
  • Lifelong learners

Vision/Mission

The Office of Residential Life and Housing is committed in providing quality living, programs and services that support the academic mission of New College of Florida. In order to carry out this mission, we believe in the following principles:

  • Providing safe, secure, clean and reasonably priced residential environments conducive to the academic and personal development of the student;
  • Providing services, programs and activities, which encourage students to mature intellectually, emotionally and spiritually so as to add value to their community and society at large;
  • Selecting and training professional and paraprofessional staff committed to developing residential communities which emphasize student development principles;
  • Providing residential environments that honor human diversity which embrace students as individuals – each with rights and responsibilities – each with unique goals and needs.

Diversity Statement

The Office of Residential Life and Housing celebrates and recognizes that the New College of Florida community is comprised of persons who represent diversity on many levels … diversity of thought, belief, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation etc. All members of the campus community are appreciated for their difference and accountable to each other.

In a community of scholars, there is no place for behavior which marginalizes, ridicules, or demeans others. Therefore, the Office of Residential Life and Housing embraces the following principles:

  • Foster an environment, which nurtures the value and the celebration of human differences.
  • Define diversity to include all members of the campus community.
  • Facilitate learning experiences, which capture the connectedness and interdependence of all people in a pluralistic and global society.
  • Educate residents to understand the added significance of social responsibility in a increasingly diverse and global society.
  • Develop leaders who affirm the principles of human rights and dignity and engage these principles in their decisions as leaders to improve the human condition.
  • Establish bridges with other New College of Florida departments to link the learning process in developing values and life skills necessary for a pluralistic and global society.
  • Create collaborative relationships with local communities/agencies to create and sustain a climate both in the community and the campus that fosters diversity.
  • Maintain open learning communities where the free exchange of different points of view, inquiry dialogue and civil discourse are encouraged.
  • Foster professional practice, which emphasizes ethical conduct by all members of the campus community.

Unit Program Plan

Models

Our departmental programming model incorporates several different elements adopted from student involvement theories by Astin, Tinto and Maslow. Our program is flexible and evolving continuously with the needs and demands of our campus community.

Alexander Astin’s I-E-O Model and Theory of Involvement (1985)
Theory Overview: College outcomes are viewed as functions of three sets of elements. Theory of Involvement explains the dynamics of how students change or develop. Core Concepts:

  1. Inputs – demographics, student background, previous experiences.
  2. Environment – range of experiences encountered during college.
  3. Outcomes – characteristics, knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, values, etc. that exist after college.

Tinto’s Model of Institutional Departure (1993)
Tinto’s Model of Institutional Departure states that “. . . to persist, students need integration into formal (academic performance) and informal (faculty/staff interactions) academic systems and formal (extracurricular activities and informal (peer-group interaction) social systems” (Tinto, 1993).

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (1943)
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (often represented as a pyramid with five levels of needs) is a motivational theory in psychology that argues that while people aim to meet basic needs, they seek to meet successively higher needs in the form of a hierarchy.