Off-Campus and Commuter Curriculum

As part of the advancement and growth of the Willie J. Young, Sr. Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement (OCCSE) office, we have incorporated a co-curricular model to better support students in their off-campus living experience. With growing focus on a "residential curriculum" across the country, the leadership of OCCSE decided the need and pursuit of a curricular model within the office. With a evergrowing student population, we have pioneered the Off-Campus and Commuter Curriculum. This curriculum helps to align the OCCSE office's efforts with Student Life, Academic Affairs, external Columbus entities, and The Ohio State University as a whole. Our educational focus and learning efforts are detailed more below. 

Educational Priority

Throughout one's living experience, students will develop essential skills to understand what it means to be engaged members of their communities as they transition into various stages of their personal development.


Learning Goals

Life Skills

Students will develop essential life skills to be knowledgeable community members in their off-campus experience.

Within the transition of moving to an off-campus environment, students begin to engage as independent consumers of a larger society. Students start to make decisions on their own accord and navigate the integrated systems of an everchanging society. Students will develop different skillsets to promote resiliency through their various experiences.

Learning Outcomes:

Each student will be able to:

  • Navigate the housing market search process
  • Implement sustainable home management practices
  • Identify personal, academic, and career goals
  • Integrate the ten dimensions of wellness into their daily lives
  • Develop knowledge and skills to navigate life transitions

Inclusive Community

Students will contribute to an inclusive community in which they engage and learn about their neighbors.

As members of a larger society, students work to develop a worldview through their various experiences. Students will acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences in various social settings. Students will discover methods to navigate different social systems through discourse, engagement, and advocacy.

Learning Outcomes:

Each student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to community engagement
  • Apply conflict resolution strategies
  • Understand personal identities within group systems
  • Integrate into dynamic environments

Civic Engagement

Students will participate in civic engagement to become globally minded citizens within their communities.

By engaging civically, students will understand how individual behaviors can impact neighbors and relationships. They will also become active members of their community and understand their personal and social responsibility to positively contribute to and give back to their neighborhood.

Learning Outcomes:

Each student will be able to:

  • Identify channels to report neighborhood concerns
  • Identify resources provided within the community
  • Demonstrate respect for rights, property, and livelihood of others
  • Contribute as positive members of their communities
  • Engage in constructive efforts to address social issues

Safety & Security

Students will practice safety and security measures within their communities and personal environments.

Living in a large, urban environment, being able to recognize key resources is critical to a student’s perception of safety in their community. Students will be able to identify necessary tools to enhance their safety and security efforts personally, within their communities, and within social settings. Students will understand how community safety can impact a multitude of factors in their life and the lives of their neighbors. 

Learning Outcomes:

Each student will be able to:

  • Implement usage of safety and security tools
  • Examine different safety entities throughout Ohio State and the Columbus community
  • Display behaviors that positively impact their communities
  • Identify ways to reduce risk to support their wellbeing