New College House Educational Plan 2016-17

A Community of Citizen Scholars

Submitted by: Trina Nocerino, House Dean, Dr. Cam Grey, Faculty Director, Ryan Keytack, Director of Four-Year Houses


New College House as “Global Village”

Building on a foundational value for “global citizenship,” programming will focus on promoting dialogue and creating experiences through which students can engage with the world. The Global Village at New College House will be manifested in several ways:

  • Multidisciplinary, integrated exploration of all aspects of living in a city: what it is now, what it was in the past, and what it could be in the future. We will utilize the city of Philadelphia as a learning lab: touring different neighborhoods to consider the ways history, structure, economics and other factors influence society and culture; the city will also serve as a catalyst for dialogue about urban life around the world.
  • Service learning projects in Philadelphia will encourage students to contribute to the greater community, be engaged beyond campus, gain awareness of local and global needs, consider different perspectives and reflect on their experiences.
  • An emphasis on sustainability education through discussion about the global economy and its influence on the environment as well as local concerns. We will also facilitate dialogue about ways New College House represents Penn’s dedication to environmental sustainability, and action we can take to further promote a green living.
  • Small and large-scale events will focus on helping students consider what it means to be a “citizen of the world” and develop skills and knowledge to prepare students for global engagement.
  • The value for research will incorporated through initiatives designed to build a community of scholars in the house, including panel discussions, guest speakers, presentations and dialogue about research practices and projects.


Programmatic Themes and Student Learning Goals

Students who choose to participate in New College House programs and initiatives will have the opportunity to reach the following objectives:

Global Citizenship

  • Articulate the relationships between a healthy world economy, society and environment.
  • Engage in practices that promote environmental sustainability
  • Describe the relationships between different cultures, including one’s own culture.
  • Develop a definition of “global citizen.”
  • Identify personal leadership style as it relates to civic engagement.

Academic Success

  • Clarify goals related to coursework and academic/career pursuits.
  • Identify campus resources to support academic/career goals.
  • Engage in practices that promote academic/career goals.

Scholarly Life

  • Practice skills for academic research.
  • Engage in dialogue focused on academic or intellectual concepts.
  • Gain exposure to current research projects.
  • Articulate the impact of academic research on the university community.

Personal Development and Wellness

  • Engage in practices that promote self-advocacy and care.
  • Develop strategies to promote individual health and safety.
  • Identify campus resources to support individual needs.

Community Development and House Identity

  • Contribute to the development of house traditions.
  • Engage in activities that promote artistic expression.
  • Negotiate individual and group living needs while living in shared spaces.
  • Articulate experiences and opinions in respectful ways.


Pillars of Excellence

The following foundational concepts will guide our practice:

  • “Students First” Attitude—striving to have our students’ best interests in mind in all aspects of our roles.
  • Communication—exchanging information efficiently and effectively, sharing ideas, asking questions, as well as giving and receiving constructive feedback.
  • Collaboration/Teamwork—working together to build a strong college house community; while contributing our individual talents and strengths, and learning from each other.
  • Growth Mindset—the infinite potential to develop our skills, intelligence and talent the fullest; we can learn from our mistakes and improve with increased knowledge and experience.
  • Engagement in & Respect for Difference—the process of learning about each other while striving to acknowledge and overcome our own biases to create safe spaces in our community.
  • Scholarship—engagement in the academic community beyond the classroom, including research, dialogue and practices that support scholarly learning in the house.