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Programming and Events

The Office of Residential Student Services believes education continues outside of the classroom. We strive to create an enviornment that supports the unique academic and personal growth needs of each resident student. We focus on developing leadership qualities in each of the residents that participate in our events.  We promote a process that is inclusive and engages those that want to contribute.  Our events are broken down into three dimensions.

  • Dimension One:  Individual Values:  Personal Development and Wellness

Programs and events with this focus, help students learn habits for academic success, such as goal-setting and study skills, professional communication, and campus involvement.  Programs also provide students with the skills they need to balance their academic, work, and personal lives for the sake of their personal wellness.

  • Dimension Two:  Group Values:  Multiculturalism, Individual Difference, and Respect for Diversity

Programs and events with this focus help students explore their cultural heritages and expose them to other cultures.  

  • Dimension Three:  Societal and Community Values

Programs and events with this focus educate students on opportunities to get involved on campus at Kean University.  

Types of Communities

The living learning communities at Kean University bring together students and faculty with common interest and ambitions.  Together the members create a community that enhances the college experience, expose the members to new ideas, and help prepare the students for life after college.

There are three main living learning communities in the first year student buildings: An leadership community, a STEM community, and a female empowerment community. Please click HERE for more information. 

Educational Enhancement

The Office of Residential Student Services designed the A.C.C.E.S.S. program (Aiming to Create a Community Empowered with Student Success) for our residential students who might need additional resources to help them succeed academically. The components that ACCESS uses to help students make academic progress are: Tutoring Services, Workshop series and a Mentoring Program for those students who fall below the required 2.0 GPA to live on campus.

ACCESS Tutoring Services

Free tutoring in the areas of writing, math, and science are provided to all resident students. The ACCESS tutoring staff is available to assist students by appointment during the day and on a drop-in basis during the evening.

ACCESS Workshop Series

A series of workshops have been designed to help first year students succeed academically. The workshops focus on skills such as study skills, time management, managing stress, professional etiquette, etc.

ACCESS Mentor Program

Students that do not meet their academic goals during their first semester are assigned an ACCESS coach. The coach acts as a mentor and provides the student with support and resources that will help the student succeed during their second semester.

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