University Housing and Residence Life


Section 7.1: CA Programming

Residence Hall Programming

The Meaning behind the Madness


Research indicates that resident students spend approximately 70% of their time in their residence hall, while only 15% of their time in classroom related activities. It is, therefore, important that the residence halls contribute to the total educational development of students.  Further, it has been shown that living in residence halls/apartments that have an educationally relevant thrust improves academic performance, student satisfaction with college and student retention rates. 

As a Community Advisor, you have the opportunity to play an important role in shaping the environment in the residence halls by serving as a catalyst for spontaneous activities and as an initiator of planned programs.  Theories of learning teach us that people learn in response to change.  Therefore, by changing the environment and offering a variety of activities, you can stimulate growth and development and set the foundation for immeasurable life-long skills for your residents.


Hopefully, no one begins a given task without a clear direction.  Listed below are the guidelines that serve our residence hall programming in clarification and purpose:

  • To promote programs and activities that fulfill the educational needs of students and provide a climate that is conducive to community development.

  • To provide adequate social and recreational opportunities for our residents.

  • To provide programs that will meet the developmental needs of students.

  • To help develop new skills and enhance creativity.

  • To provide an opportunity for students to learn more about other cultures and lifestyles.

  • To provide ways for students to find out more about themselves.

Programming Model Programming Requirements 

Programming will be based on a point system. Each CA will complete 100 points each semester. In essence you are required to complete (10) programs (three of which must have an approved speaker) and (2) study sessions (5) community service hours and (13) take-tos and/or other programming opportunities.  Please see the following chart for point accumulation.


(Social, Educational, Cultural, Collaborative, Speakers)



5 points each

The program should have an approved topic, promote social interaction, be educationally beneficial and be reflective of your assigned community.  These are individual programs; however they can include a partner CA where applicable. 

Study Sessions




5 points each

Study sessions should have an approved topic that is reflective of your assigned academic community, where applicable.  If you do not have an assigned academic community topics will focus on the following:

Study Skills

Where to Study

Testing Skills

Note Taking Skills

How to work in a group setting   

Tutoring options on-campus

Other Program Opportunities

(Take-tos, excursions, conferences and/or other programming opportunities) 

2 points each

Each opportunity attended is worth 2 pts and must be pre-approved.   Must complete a total of 13.

Community Service

(minimum of 5 hours)


2 points each

Must be an approved locations and promote service learning. Should encourage resident involvement.                                  

Passive Programs



 2 points each

Include bulletin boards, newsletters, and other creative programming and initiatives that are not actual events.  Must complete a total of 2.

In addition, you will be expected to assist in projects that are sponsored by University Housing and Residence Life and/or your supervisor.  Your immediate supervisor will set forth individual expectations in this area.

Other Clarifying Information:  

  • All point accumulation will be at the discretion of the Associate Director of Residential Education and Living Learning Communities.

  • 50 points must be completed by October 15th and March 15th.

  • CA’s may use “other program opportunities” to complete programming points, these may include but are not limited volunteer opportunities within the campus community.

  • It is encouraged for CAs to keep track of point totals and the AD will provide an update periodically at the staff meeting.

  • Points may be deducted due to poor planning, late paperwork or failure to complete all steps of programming process; program planning forms are required five business days prior to the event, sign-in sheets and pizza receipts are due the business day immediately following the event, evaluation packets are due 3 business days after the event.

  • A program is considered complete if the CA completes all appropriate paperwork, meets the proper requirements of a program (ice breaker/activities/speaker etc.) provides prizes and refreshments, completes publicity and submits pictures of the event.

  • Incomplete programming totals will be included in CA performance evaluations and will be considered during CA consideration for future employment.

  • CAs must complete and turn in community service hour form or appropriate documentation in order to receive credit for service hours.

  • All community service hours must be pre-approved by the Associate Director of Residential Living & Learning and be open to ALL students to participate in.

  • In group programming you must do your portion of the work and attend the program to receive the points.

  • Budgets will be $60.00 for programs, additional funding may be requested depending on the nature of the program.