Student Affairs is dedicated to ensuring each department implements a strong assessment program that not only contributes to each department's effectiveness but also supports student learning. Student Affairs has an assessment planning team to assist the directors in this effort and to monitor the progress of assessment activities. This team is led by a senior manager in the division. In addition, numerous strategic planning workshops and retreats have been, and will continue to be held, to ensure that our programs and activities provide transformative learning experiences for students.
Student Affairs conducts audits of its effectiveness by employing standards from the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education as part of its support unit review. As a result of the units self-study, action plans are formulated for enhancing the quality of administrative units, Student Affairs programming, and student learning through co-curricular activities. Student Affairs conducts regular assessments and will begin a second phase of assessment in 2017/18 as part of the campus Support Unit Review.
Each of the department's assessment plans, as measured in Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, include an evaluation of the following 13 components: Department Mission, Program, Leadership, Organization and Management, Human Resources, Financial Resources, Facilities, Technology, and Equipment, Legal Responsibilities, Equity and Access, Campus and External Relations, Diversity, Ethics, and Assessment and Evaluation.
In addition, Student Affairs provides numerous co-curricular programs which are fundamental to the student's learning process by providing opportunities to engage in learning in a setting other than a formal academic classroom. These programs include, but are not limited to, new student orientation, student leadership, health and wellness, personal development, athletic teams, and peer counselors. To this end, each department within Student Affairs has established student learning outcomes and tracks their progress in meeting these outcomes. These competencies and skills help to enhance and guide the students in their academic endeavors.
The Support Unit Review is conducted every five years and is comprised of both the CAS Standards and co-curricular program review. The Student Affairs directors are charged with developing instruments and collecting data to measure the student learning that occurred as a result of participating in the co-curricular programs and activities. These instruments assist in measuring the student learning outcomes associated with the respective programs or activities and include surveys, pre and post tests, observed competency exercises, and learning outcome rubrics.
As we analyze our progress during our Support Unit Review in the 2017/18 year, we will evaluate the information to determine what modifications are needed in programs and activities, as well as revisions in our data collection instruments, to both enhance our co-curricular programs and our methods used to assess student's competencies and skills. We will use this information as a foundation for evidence-based decision making and student learning outcome-based assessment, a priority in Student Affairs.
In keeping with the University mission, Student Affairs will develop and retain a diverse student body and provide superior student services in support of academic success, personal wellness and lifelong learning.
The Division of Student Affairs will transform students into engaged, citizen scholars.
To realize this vision, we will:
Assess and respond to students' needs;
- Foster intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual, and civic development as part of the University experience;
- Promote an awareness of and appreciation for differences;
- Promote educational opportunity and equity;
- Build a professional team of diverse, knowledgeable, caring and responsive managers and staff;
- Enhance cooperation and communication among all of our departments and programs, utilizing best practices and implementing evolving technologies;
- Respond effectively to change and serve as a recognized agent for change within the University community;
- Respect and empower students as full members of the campus community;
- Cultivate a vibrant campus culture.
Updated: September 27, 2023