Goal Eight

"Creating Dynamic Co-curriculum Programs & Services in Support of the Academic Mission"

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A White Paper for Strategic Planning Discussion

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The purpose of this "White Paper" is to provide fuel for discussion regarding how we achieve our goal, "Creating dynamic co-curricular programs and services in support of the academic mission", as noted in "Pathways to the Future".

What is the purpose of co-curricular programming and how does it relate to the academic mission of the university?

Co-curricular programs are programs that are complementary to, but not part of the academic curriculum. The purpose of such programming is to:

  • Promote the development of critical thinking skills
  • Further promote and enhance the academic mission of the University
  • Use developmental theory as the basis of providing growth
  • Provide a laboratory to help integrate classroom learning
  • Contribute to the overall development and wellness of our students
  • Enrich opportunities for interaction among the campus and the community
  • Promote passion for learning
  • Foster educational success through personal developmen
  • Develop and enhance personal character and integrity
  • Further encourage lifelong learning

How does the goal impact and engage members of the campus community?

Co-curricular programs impact and engage the campus community by:

  • Developing a sense of community, where participants are valued and supported by others and where their talents and energy enhance the University experience
  • Participants learning that service to others, both within and beyond the University walls, can provide deep personal satisfaction
  • Identifying that growth occurs in the context of others' needs and views and that one's own gifts can enrich the lives of others
  • Promoting that other human beings, however different, have inherent dignity and values
  • Developing respect, responsibility, integrity, compassion, a thirst for personal excellence, intellectual risk-taking, acknowledgement of both the process and the product, the pursuit of personal aspirations, and a sense of joy and humor
  • Enhancing the social and cultural diversity of the campus, and providing opportunities for individual development and enrichment of personal and professional opportunities for students
  • Encouraging participants to explore and develop their interests through leadership, participation and service
  • Creating a climate that promotes a sense of campus community and ?belonging?
  • Promoting intellectual and critical thinking outside the classroom
  • Providing opportunities for practical application of academic theory
  • Providing opportunities for meaningful exchange between students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members outside of the classroom
  • Strengthening opportunities for building partnerships
  • Educating students in leadership, social responsibility, and values through participatory decision-making in areas that directly affect students lives on campus.

What are the desired objectives or outcomes necessary to achieve "dynamic co-curricular programs"?

  • Opportunities for sincere and committed relationships between students, faculty, staff, and the community must be provided.
  • Community members must be encouraged to participate as members of the university community.
  • Faculty must be given opportunities to showcase their expertise outside of the classroom.
  • Development of programs that engage the community in establishing a commitment and investment in the university.
  • Creating a learning environment where participants feel safe, respected and valued
  • Building a program that is balanced, acknowledges the student as a whole person, and promotes a healthy lifestyle, including care for self and others
  • Responsiveness to and advocacy for changing students , needs
  • Building a program that nurtures the decision-making process and promotes student self-direction and critical thinking skills. This process is facilitated through:
    • Developing of appropriate career and academic goals
    • Resolutions of personal issues affecting students
    • Career assessment and planning
    • Providing opportunities for students to participate in decision making and leadership roles
    • Creating environments that promotes and enhances skills to work in a group setting
    • Referral to educational, career and personal growth resources

How will goal achievement be evaluated?

  • CAS Council for the Advancement of Standard in Higher Education Present
  • Self-evaluation of programs and services: weekly staff meeting, annual evaluation retreats-Present
  • SNAPS- Student Needs and Priorities Survey
  • Student evaluation of services two times per semester - Present

What are selected examples of current opportunities?

  • Leadership Development
  • Associated Students, Inc.
  • Honors Programs
  • Faculty Appreciation Event
  • University Student Union Board
  • Community Service
  • Service Learning
  • Resident Advisors
  • University Committee membership
  • Health Education
  • Judicial Affairs
  • Orientation Programming
  • Student Success Center
  • Faculty in Residence
  • Parent Programs
  • Peer Programs
  • Extended Education
  • Summer Conferencing
  • Personal Growth workshops
  • Career Workshops
  • Health Advisory Commission
  • Faculty Mentor Program
  • Athletics
  • University Union Program Board


Astin, Alexander W. (1993). What Matters in College? San Francisco: Josey-Bass.