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Residential Education

Welcome to Residential Education at North Carolina Central University! Residential Education (ResEd) is a sub-component of the Department of Residential Life that helps bridge the gap between the classroom and the residence halls. Residential Education supports the full integration of a student’s educational experience with all aspects of his/her identity through a multi-dimensional approach to student learning. The Residential Education is committed to making life in a residential community a central part of each student's college experience.


The mission of Residential Education is to create an exceptional co-curricular environment that promotes student development, leadership, and civic engagement.

What does Residential Education Provide?

  •  Priority housing placement for LLC students
  • Informal Mentorship
  • Intentional Academic initiatives and programming
  • Access to university faculty and staff members outside of the classroom
  • Opportunities for civic and co-curricular engagement
  •  Various methods of student recognition

What are the Key Focus Areas of Residential Education?

  • Living Learning Communities (LLCs)
  • Faculty in Residence Program (FIR)
  • First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE)

First-Year Residential Experience

The First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program at North Carolina Central University is committed to providing an exceptional co-curricular experience for our first-year students living on campus. The goal of our FYRE program is to facilitate a smooth transition for our first-year students to college life at North Carolina Central University. Our first-year students will have the opportunity to meet people from various backgrounds, participate in activities focused on student development, leadership, and academic success; as well as connect with faculty and staff.

What are Living Learning Communities (LLC)?

Our Living Learning Communities provide a distinct setting where students learn to bridge their academic, social, and institutional experiences.  Using the outcomes of student learning, Living-Learning communities design intentional learning experiences to help students connect various campus experiences into their everyday lives. Specifically, these communities provide a shared learning environment for students with similar interests to live within the same residence hall community while exploring their commonalities. This exploration occurs through academic courses, programming, faculty/student interaction, service learning, education, and leadership development.

The goal of our Living Learning Communities is five-fold:

  • Helping students to see the interconnectedness of learning
  • Promote collaboration among faculty, staff, and students
  • Foster the joining of the scholarly and social aspects of student life
  • Provide opportunities for first-year student success while offering peer leadership opportunities to upper-class students
  • Focus on academic achievement in a productive and supportive setting

Living Learning Communities at NCCU

Aspiring Eagles Academy

The Aspiring Eagles Academy (AEA) is an academically based enrichment program designed to promote the success of underprepared students who have been accepted to attend North Carolina Central University. AEA includes a summer bridge program, a living-learning community, a global citizenship program, cultural enrichment, study and travel abroad, intrusive academic counseling and focused academic support. Each cohort consists of forty (40) students, ideally twenty (20) female and twenty (20) male participants, of whom half or more are first-generation college students. AEA provides the means to bridge the preparation and academic achievement gap between students admitted into the AEA and those who come to the University prepared with skills and abilities to experience college success. Students who participate fully in the program will be prepared to face the challenges of first year students in an institution of higher education upon their enrollment.

AEA website: http://www.nccu.edu/academics/universitycollege/eagleacademy/index.cfm

Centennial Scholars Program

The mission of the African American Male Initiative (AAMI)/Centennial Scholars Program (CSP) is to provide its members with relevant academic, professional and social experiences that stimulate personal ambitions and development in the following areas: academic success, mentorship, identity/self-esteem, leadership, community involvement, cultural and spiritual enlightenment, and a sense of brotherhood.

The Centennial Scholars Program is a flagship program supported by the African American Male Initiative. Each year 40 young men are selected to participate in host of activities and opportunities that provide educational, cultural and social development.
CSP members live in the New Residence Hall II for two years, meet bi-weekly with a cohort advisor, attend monthly MAC General Body meetings, participate in undergrad research, and complete a senior capstone project. CSP members complete 20 community service hours per semester, take part in study hall sessions, and serve as a positive example for others on campus.

CSP website: http://www.nccu.edu/mac/csp/membership.cfm

Annie Day Scholars Program

The Annie Day Shepard Scholars (ADS) Program supports undergraduate women in becoming engaged, confident and connected leaders at North Carolina Central University and beyond.

The program is open to first-generation, undergraduate women, including those who transfer into the university with less than 30 credit hours. If accepted scholars are required to reside on campus, in the designated living-learning residence hall for the first, two-years of their NCCU academic career. Currently each cohort begins with the acceptance of 15 scholars. Scholars may declare any major, but acceptance into the program will require participation in structured activities designed to increase investigative and critical thinking, interpersonal, and problem solving skills that are necessary to successfully navigate through NCCU and into their professional careers.

ADS website: www.nccu.edu/womenscenter

Eagles for the Community

Eagles for the Community (EFC) is community service/service learning based LLC. Student participants will engage in a variety projects and professional development opportunities that enhance their academic experience at NCCU. EFC is a COED program open to second year students only. Students apply to be in the program during the spring semester of their freshmen year. EFC students receive community service hours towards their NCCU graduation requirement for all community service/service learning projects they participant in. Below are the primary student learning outcomes associated with EFC.

  • Participants will learn to reflect and make meaningful connections between their community service/service learning project and their academic or professional area(s) of interest through structured post services summaries
  • Participants will engage in professional or academic development opportunities that build skills and/or knowledge in their academic or professional area(s) of interest
  • Participants will learn about and engage in activities that promote focal learning and a continuous learning cycle

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program (UHP) is designed to enroll, reward, and prepare academically gifted students, encouraging them toward intellectual initiative and independence. Students are selected for their outstanding academic achievements and monitored throughout a strategic four-year matriculation that will prepare them to pursue advanced degrees in highly competitive graduate or professional programs and to assume leadership roles in their professions and in society.
The University Honors Program is committed to preparing globally astute and engaged community leaders. The Honors Program enriches the academic learning experience by providing the student every possible opportunity for reaching a level of maturity, independence, and scholarly achievement that might not be possible without such a program.

UHP website: http://www.nccu.edu/formsdocs/proxy.cfm?file_id=2205

Faculty in Residence Program at NCCU

The Faculty in Residence program (FIR) is an integral component in the vision of creating a learning-centered home where all students are fully engaged in the Eagle community. The program is to give students an opportunity to interact with faculty members outside of the classroom, as well as encourage faculty to share their academic and personal interests with on-campus residents.  The FIR program allows faculty to spend time with students in their living space, creating an environment that is conducive to formal, academic, and casual conversations and programs.  Faculty members in the FIR program are also able to gain a more in-depth understanding of what the college experience is like for on-campus residents, which in turn provides a new perspective on how to approach learning within the classroom environment. The general goals of the FIR program are to increase faculty interactions with students outside of the normal classroom setting, promote residence halls as more of an academic environment, and provide resources to residence hall staff in their attempts to plan educational programs.

Feel free to contact us with any questions and/or for more information about Residential Education at North Carolina Central University. 

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