Residential Learning Community
What is a Residential Learning Community?
College students spend the great majority of their time outside of the classroom. Many of the life lessons and skills that an undergraduate should develop during his college years must be learned during this vast amount of largely unstructured time. These lessons include: communication skills, conflict management, decision-making, relationship building, organizational skills, project management, stress management, tolerance, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and so much more.
Residential learning has become a priority within the American higher education system to ensure that students have the opportunities to develop these critical skills during some of the most formative years of their lives.
Fostering a living-learning environment, fashioned after the residential learning concept, is one of the most critical ways Sigma Phi Epsilon can provide a meaningful experience to our brothers. Below are some of the initiatives that SigEp supports to instill this environment at the chapter level.
The Residential Learning Community (RLC) provides undergraduate brothers with a living and learning environment for purposeful, real-life application of their academic studies. Students receive hands-on learning beyond classroom lectures by working with faculty and staff who volunteer to partner with their chapter. They are able to discuss, contextualize and apply their academic learning through conversations with their brothers and faculty in a more intimate environment. State-of-the-art facilities provide premier housing, classrooms, faculty office space and dedicated study rooms — safe and effective places to live and learn.
Florida Alpha's Residential Learning Community
We are currently working to become an accredited RLC through a rigorous process which evaluates chapter GPA, relationships with the University and faculty, hosting speakers, dedicated academic spaces, and many other factors. The fraternity house has several rooms designated as RLC space including two classrooms, a library, an office for faculty fellows, and desks in each room for the brothers that live in house.