The Division of Student Affairs is dedicated to the personal, intellectual, professional, interpersonal, spiritual development of students that promotes a healthy and diverse campus community.
The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to:
- Promote student learning and holistic development that also fosters a recognition and appreciation of diversity;
- Provide services, facilities, and physical structures which encourage interpersonal engagement, stimulation of the learning process and promotes mental, physical health and wellness;
- Foster a campus community which promotes student involvement through enhanced interpersonal and social engagement opportunities, organizations and programs;
- Develop and enhance collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the external community to better serve student needs and ensure high quality services and programs;
- Develop and expand efforts that encourage student recruitment, retention, and graduation.
Taken in their totality, these mission themes form a tightly woven tapestry of support that encourages the growth and development of all of our students. The Division accomplishes this through the creation of goals and objectives at the department and unit level that specifically address one or more of the mission themes.
Division Goals by Mission Theme
1. Promote student learning and holistic development:
- Develop leadership and citizenship skills by involving students in varied group experiences and roles, combined with training, supervision and consultation in leadership and group membership responsibilities and techniques.
- Incorporate the development of professional and personal ethics as a core principle in our training programs and service activities.
- Engage students in their career development through providing occupational information, part-time work experiences, and the support of career-interest student organizations.
- Provide individual and group activities to improve self-understanding and interpersonal skills development and to assist students in their adjustment to the University.
- Teach healthy lifestyle practices by providing informational programs on environmental and behavioral effects on physical and mental health and by involving students in activities and programs.
- Free students from the limitations of prejudice and intolerance through offering programs which promote multicultural sensitivity and through training student leaders to encourage appreciation for differences among their peers.
- Provide opportunities for involving students in civic engagement activities to expose them to societal needs and to increase their awareness of personal citizenship responsibility.
- Involve students in planning extracurricular programs including weekend activities which broaden the social, cultural, spiritual, and intellectual experiences of all students.
- Provide programs to faculty and staff to increase the understanding of our students and their developmental needs.
- Develop and regularly utilize research measures to determine the success of our student development efforts in terms of retention, academic success, leadership development, and personal enrichment.
- Create a safe and secure campus environment where learning, scholarship, and community development can occur.
2. Provide services, facilities, and physical structures which encourage interpersonal engagement, stimulation of the learning process and promotes mental, physical health and wellness:
- Provide consultation service to faculty and staff in response to problematic student behavior.
- Provide convenient, cost-efficient counseling services and physical health care and diagnostic and referral services to enable students to function at their full potential.
- Plan for and efficiently manage facilities to accommodate the full range of programs conducive to student development functions.
3. Foster a campus community which promotes student involvement through enhanced interpersonal and social engagement opportunities, organizations and programs:
- Implement orientation programs which effectively acquaint students with the resources and opportunities available to them and which encourage their probability of success.
- Provide and maintain structures for the development of reference groups and interest groups which respond to the changing needs of students through coordinating student group advising and student leadership training.
- Develop thematic structures for programming in conjunction with faculty which complement and bring to life classroom content.
- Develop and maintain systems for addressing grievances and disputes to assert the dignity of each individual student.
- Develop and maintain conduct standards which are designed to promote an academic envi¬ronment, supported by students, combined with a judicial system for enforcement which significantly involves students in the decision-making processes.
- Establish and maintain channels of communication which inform our various student populations of campus resources and opportunities for involvement.
- Recruit, select, train and supervise student peer mentors for targeted populations of students to support the integration of students into the campus.
- Maintain faculty and staff awareness of resources, services, and student needs to encourage referral through promotion and outreach activities.
- Facilitate the creation of campus-wide celebratory events in order to foster a sense of spirit and pride in the campus community.
- Encourage intergroup communication throughout the campus community through the effective use of campus and student media services and actively support the development and use of new forms of communications tools in this effort.
- Create and implement programs and services to assist current parents and families in understanding the goals and expectations of the University and identifying resources and support for their students.
4. Develop and enhance collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the external community to better serve student needs and ensure high quality services and programs:
- Develop creative and entrepreneurial partnerships and external fund raising opportunities to provide facilities for student life activities.
- Collaborate with other University departments, student organizations, faculty, and non-profit organizations in order to better serve student needs and alleviate financial demands of programming.
- Recruit and retain highly qualified staff who through their experiences, training, and professional development are able to serve as leaders in our field, resulting in strengthening our programs and services for students.
5. Develop and expand efforts that encourage student recruitment, retention, and graduation.
- Develop, implement and maintain programs and initiatives that facilitate and support recruitment, retention or timely graduation of our students.