Housing and Residence Life releases RA selections

Offers made mostly to College students, first-years


Accepted candidates have until March 24 to make their decisions. If not all the spots are filled after this date, Housing and Resident Life will turn to an list of alternates based on the original pool of applicants.

The Office of Housing and Resident Life released the resident advisor decisions for this upcoming year during Spring Break for first-year, upper class and focused residential areas. Of the 409 students who applied, 90 candidates received offers.

Of those selected, 68 are from the College and 47 are first-years. Additionally, 51 of those selected are female, compared to 39 who are male.

Accepted applicants have until March 24 to accept or decline offers. HRL will pull extra applicants from an alternate list if necessary.

Selections are made annually through a four-step application process.

Candidates begin with a written application reviewed by three to four different HRL staff members. Applicants are asked not to give any identifying features, and current HRL staff judge the application on a volunteer basis. Candidates are also asked to provide a recommendation. These parts of the application are supplemented by both a group and an individual interview.

“Our hope is to get as a full of a picture as possible and have as many people’s views as possible [contribute to the selection],” said Janelle Pfeifer, the selections program coordinator for HRL.

The interviews and the applications are judged on a numerical rubric as well as through qualitative analysis. The rubrics change each year and are put together by the selections team, with about 40 to 50 people weighing in on its content, according to Pfeifer. The qualitative judgments are used to capture features not explicitly in the rubric.

“One of the big things that we [focused on] in info sessions and materials [was to] make sure people have a thorough [knowledge of the] roles of an RA,” Pfeifer said.

Though all four parts of the application are factored into the final decision, the recommendation and written application hold less weight than the interview portion.

Peifer has been selections program coordinator for three years. Her responsibilities range from developing selection philosophy to organizing administrative processes and working with the information technology department.

“I’m really passionate about making sure a lot of people apply for the position, because it is an amazing job,” Peifer said.

Published March 20, 2014 in FP test, News

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