No matter which institution we work with, a strong partnership philosophy has always been key to the relationships we build.
This approach is especially strong at Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSU), whose long-standing relationship with CLV runs back to 1994 and has since grown to include 1298 beds of on-campus housing. As a result of CLV’s management approach, a decision was made by NSU to close all university owned housing and use CLV as their sole housing provider.
Throughout the partnership, the University and CLV have collaborated to provide a seamless, comprehensive experience for residents, with a focus on developing Living Learning Communities (LLCs) geared toward supporting academic success. Currently, 7 LLCs are offered as housing options and more are in the planning stages.
CLV staff serve on University committees and work closely with Student Life, Student Affairs, University Recruiting, First Year Experience and other student experience offices to develop a tailored, robust residential life program.
The residential curriculum utilizes two key initiatives to support resident development. The first is IMPACT Challenge – Community, a 6-week program based on the Six I’s of Building Community – Introduction, Interaction, Involvement, Influence, Investment and Identity. The program aims to engage students in the residential community and campus life during the first 6 weeks of the Fall semester. Increasing engagement during this key period has been shown to reduce drop out rates and foster retention for CLV’s residential communities, as well as for the University as a whole.
The second initiative, the NSU Success Model, is a programming framework that focuses each month of the academic year on a different vector of the well student philosophy. The model supports personal, academic, cultural and social development throughout the year as residents transition to independent living.
The partnership between CLV and NSU continues to grow. Revitalization plans are being discussed for CLV’s existing owned asset, University Columns and for university-owned Varnado Hall. The plans for Varnado Hall include a Creative and Performing Arts Residential College.