Working collaboratively with our campus and community partners, the Student Affairs departments transform students’ potential to accomplish their dreams in a diverse and inclusive learning community.
As educators, Student Affairs staff are dedicated to delivering high quality, co-curricular programs and services in a learning environment that supports students’ holistic growth and acquisition of essential life skills in order to actualize their full potential to be responsible, engaged, and successful citizen leaders in a global environment.
We build a collaborative and diverse learning community that enriches the intellectual, social, cultural, spiritual, emotional & physical wellbeing of our students by promoting academic success, personal growth, leadership development, civility, civic, social and environmental responsibility, student empowerment, holistic well-being, and respect for diversity.
Student Affairs Strategic Plan, 2008-2013
Goal 1: Be Student Centered
We are a leading advocate for the University becoming a more student-centered institution.
- Ensure that student centeredness is at the core of our programs and practices.
- Include students in assessing and planning all programs and practices.
- Provide leadership and training at all levels of Student Affairs staff in the student development model.
- Align service delivery modes to match student centered objective.
- Serve as a community of educators who ensure that co-curricular learning experiences are an integral and essential part of students’ university experience.
- Appreciate Student Affairs contributions to co-curricula learning.
- Increase faculty involvement in co-curricular learning.
- Provide advocacy and support for other parts of the University to become more student centered.
- Reach out and respond to other parts of the University to identify collaborative opportunities to enhance student centeredness.
- Be a role model and share data and outcomes that reflect student centered practices.
- Offer student-centered development workshops to campus community facilitated by Student Affairs staff.
Goal 2: Improve Educational Experience
We are an active partner with Academic Affairs in improving the educational experience of undergraduate and graduate students.
- Establish an assessment-based culture within Student Affairs while fostering a campus community which understands and utilizes integrated student learning outcomes.
- Identify and agree on desired learning outcomes we want our graduates to have.
- Implement rotating program assessment process for all departments in Student Affairs.
- Enhance co-curricular programs to support integrated student learning outcomes as defined for UMD graduates.
- Prepare students to be fully engaged global citizens of the 21st century.
- Work with the UMass system to leverage opportunities for increasing the size of undergraduate international student population at UMass Dartmouth.
- Increase students’ awareness of international affairs/relations.
- Enhance the quality of student leadership.
- Assess current opportunities for student leadership.
- Assess student leadership recruitment.
- Produce positive undergraduate educational experiences.
- Develop learning communities in residence halls by piloting interest groups and or thematic housing assignments.
- Assess, identify and develop programs to address the unique needs of each year of the student’s development: first year, sophomore, junior, senior and “beyond”.
- Improve undergraduate retention and graduation rates.
- Implement focused activities to improve retention/graduation of students, with particular emphasis on at-risk students.
- Review and restructure New Student Orientation.
- Increase collaboration with Financial Aid Office and promote greater student and staff awareness of financial support.
- Increase and improve Student Affairs communication with parents.
- Coordinate centralized Student Leave Process and analysis of results.
- Strengthen residential life infrastructure and living and learning opportunities to support students.
- Increase residence hall safety.
- Develop facilities, staffing, programs, and services to address unmet residential needs.
- Create and implement a five year capital improvement plan for all residence halls.
- Improve the effectiveness of services we offer to support students in successfully pursuing postgraduate opportunities
- Enhance quality of services offered by Career Resource Center.
- Focus on career development model to improve job placement and post graduate education options.
- Develop more collaboration between Alumni Affairs and Career Development Center.
- Implement e-portfolio system that would track students’ curricular and co-curricular involvements and learning outcomes.
- Collaborate with Academic Affairs to develop and implement comprehensive and coordinated services and programs for graduate students.
Goal 3: Engage with Community
We are engaged in the activities of the campus, region and the Commonwealth.
- Increase and recognize employees’ civic engagement.
- Establish conditions to allow/encourage civic engagement by staff.
- Reward and acknowledge employee civic engagement.
- Increase student civic engagement and service learning opportunities.
- Develop an office of community Service and Partnerships (CSAP) in student Affairs.
- Inform students about existing options for civic engagement and encourage their participation.
- Develop and increase new options for civic engagement.
- Create a strong connection between Community Service and the Residential Life experience by incorporating Community Service opportunities into the Residential Life Model.
- Reward and acknowledge students’ civic engagement.
- Establish effective working relationship with the external community.
- Identify existing working relationships with external community.
- Increase the opportunities for additional working relationships.
Goal 4: Appreciate and share our diversity
We are recognized for our excellent diversity programs.
- Create a culture of inclusion.
- Assess current climate for diversity.
- Recognize efforts to increase diversity initiatives by Student Affairs staff.
- Improve retention and graduation rates of under-represented students.
- Improve working relationships with departments that recruit diverse students.
- Provide new support services for under-represented students.
- Enhance efforts to improve diversity climate within campus life.
- Increase staff diversity to more closely reflect student demographics.
- Increase students’ engagement with diversity issues.
- Provide education, training, and development opportunities for staff, students and faculty.
- Improve accessibility and visibility of support services.
Goal 5: Ensure infrastructure support
We ensure that sufficient physical, fiscal, technical and human infrastructures are in place to support co-curricular activities.
- Provide on-going staff development opportunities for Student Affairs staff to ensure excellent service at all levels.
- Keep Student Affairs staff current with industry standards in their area.
- Offer staff development opportunities for all levels of Student Affairs staff.
- Promote and support balanced life styles for Student Affairs staff.
- Encourage input from all levels of Student Affairs employees for improvments and innovations.
- Ensure effective, equitable and efficient allocation of spaces.
- Assess space needs in Student Affairs through infrastructure assessment.
- Work with Facilities, Plant, Planning Design and Construction in the space study of the campus center.
- Develop process for appropriate space allocation for student organizations.
- Assess public/community space needs and availability in residence halls.
- Develop new facilities to address unmet and emerging student support needs.
- Develop plans for Campus Center Expansion.
- Develop plans for increasing space for Health Services.
- Develop plans to bring Student Affairs departments to center of campus for accessibility.
- Continually forecast, monitor and assess to upgrade, replace and maintain our physical and technical infrastructure.
- Develop five year budget projection and facility improvement planning for Housing & Residential Life.
- Inventory all equipment in the departments to assess condition and include plans for replacement in five year projection budget development.
- Develop a process for sharing resources across departments.
- Develop plans to keep up with emerging technology which affects the way we deliver services.
- Assess all divisional practices in relation to available technology.
- Accountability Knowing what is asked and expected of you and then doing so, holding people responsible for their actions and outcomes, being outcomes focused, being goal oriented
- Celebratory Injecting humor and levity, connecting with our inner child and creativity, enjoyment or playfulness; acknowledging accomplishments, recognizing staff’s contributions and years of service consistently
- Collaboration Working across organizational boundaries towards achieving desired outcomes; being inclusive, trusting that others are just as responsible; working for the good of the whole and utilizing the strengths of each member; cooperation between those who are working together on a task
- Community Fostering a sense of shared responsibility and belonging to our buildings, environment, organizations, and on & off campus community; engaging students to be involved or having ownership of programming and extra-curricular activities
- Diversity Advocating for social justice issues and inclusiveness; accepting, respecting & valuing social diversity among people; being open minded and welcoming to all diverse people and ideas
- Empowerment Giving power or authority to self or other people; taking the initiative; authorizing, enabling or permitting
- Excellence Striving to do our best work in all that we do, excelling; being focused on achieving plans developed, having determination; thinking outside the box, originality of thought or expression
- Integrity Acting consistently with one’s values, matching words with deeds; being guided by professional set of ethics, adhering to moral and ethical principles; freedom from deceit or fraud
- Safety Being free from the occurrence of risk of injury, danger, or loss; creating a sense of safety & comfort level; being able to admit failure or mistakes without negative repercussions
- Student-Centered Being focused on improving the students’ experience on campus; developing programs and decisions that takes into account the needs & perspectives of our students; thinking of impact on students and choosing options that would optimize positive results for students; being personable and customer centered; initiating interaction with others in a positive manner