Community Learning Model

Residential Life focuses on the whole student experience and fosters learning beyond the classroom. First introduced in 2007, Residential Life’s Community Learning Model (CLM) is an intentional framework for on-campus living communities that furthers student engagement around Macalester College’s mission and core values. The CLM’s educational and social initiatives implemented by Residential Life professional and student staff provide residential students with numerous opportunities to learn about themselves; meet, interact, and develop relationships with other residents; and build community with peers of multiple and intersecting identities. Residential Life’s educational priority is to support the development of responsible citizens* who are invested in their own holistic development as well as actively engaged in building and advocating for equitable and just communities.


Learning Goals

Four specific learning goals build the development of responsible citizens* who are invested in their own holistic development as well as actively engaged in building and advocating for equitable and just communities. These learning outcomes are sequenced to match students’ developmental capacity as they learn and grow at Macalester.


Each student will be able to:

  1. Navigate everyday life challenges (e.g., academic, interpersonal, wellbeing) using problem solving strategies
  2. Identify how their personal identities and values shape their choices and behaviors.
  3. Build and sustain healthy relationships with people who are both similar to and different from themselves.
  4. Engage in and contribute to inclusive and just communities.

Residential Life seeks to maximize the Macalester College experience beyond the classroom by intentionally and purposefully implementing the following learning strategies:

Specialty Housing Roommate Agreements Community Meetings Community Calendars Being an RA Conduct Hearings
Campus Partnerships Door Decorations 1:1s Conversations with RAs Bulletin Boards Student Employment Study Breaks