The Division of Student Affairs is comprised of 17 departments, about 100 professional staff, and over 250 paraprofessional staff who provide programs and services that are outside of the classroom setting, but designed to complement the academic mission of WCU and contribute to the overall growth and development of our students.
The Division of Student Affairs recognizes that we exist primarily to serve students. We may not always be able to provide you with everything you want; however, you will be treated in a manner consistent with the following Service Creed:
The Division of Student Affairs is committed to the philosophies outlined in the University and Student Affairs Mission and Values Statements. Inherent in the Division of Student Affairs Core Values and Assumptions is that students, throughout their experience at WCU, will enhance their personal adult identity.
In combination with the student's academic program (including the general education component), the co-curricular program offered through the Division of Student Affairs is directed at producing graduates who:
In order to successfully accomplish its mission, the Division has identified core values which are shared by the staff throughout the Division and are used to make decisions and guide the programs and activities conducted within the Division. Those core values include the following:
West Chester University, located in southeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest of the fourteen Universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. As a modern, public university, West Chester is committed to maintaining an environment that promotes a comprehensive array of student learning opportunities. Within this environment, the formal instructional process is a principal focus with learning occurring in the classroom and laboratory through interaction between students and faculty.
However, as John Dewey has stated, the whole student comes to the university. The Division of Student Affairs performs a leadership role in offering services and activities which support all students at this time of intense intellectual, personal, social and emotional growth. Thus, the Division is responsible for developing co-curricular experiences which promote student learning both within and outside of the classroom and prepares them to live in a pluralistic world.
The Division of Student Affairs exists to deliver quality programs and services, and to promote student learning in the areas of identity development, acquisition of complex cognitive skills, life skills, leadership skills, a sense of community responsibility and interpersonal skills. Achievement of these outcomes is designed to promote students' retention and graduation.
In addition to these principal core values, our Student Affairs staff in the Division of Student Affairs also believe in certain underlying assumptions which affect their interactions with students and the delivery of services and programs.
The Division of Student Affairs has identified eight essential functions from which a wide variety of programs, services and other projects emerge. Those essential functions are as follows:
Throughout the Division of Student Affairs, you will find friendly professionals who care student success and our students' personal development while they are at West Chester University.
Interim Vice President of Student Affairs
The Office of the Vice President is a good place to go with general questions about the University and specific concerns about the quality of life outside the classroom. Information about policies, procedures, general student life concerns, or problems with "red tape" at the University can also be discussed in the Vice President's Office.
Please explore our website and check out each of our departments to learn about their programs and services. Click on the link above to see our pledge of service to students, as well as our Mission Statement and Calendar of Activities. When you are in the Sykes Student Union, please stop by our Student Affairs Office complex in room 238 - that is also where you will find the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Remember - if you have a problem or issue and you are not sure where to turn to get it resolved, you can always call the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 610-436-3301 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to share your concerns.
Assistant Vice President for Student AffairsSHinkle@wcupa.edu
Dr. Sara Hinkle has been working in higher education and student affairs since 1995, and was pleased to join the West Chester University Student Affairs team in August 2013. Prior to moving to the West Chester area, she lived in Manhattan and held positions at Hofstra University and NYU. Over the course of her career, she has worn a multitude of hats, with responsibilities in the following areas: orientation and new student programs, academic advising, student leadership and activities, community service, multicultural programming, international student services, residence life, judicial affairs, counseling, and teaching. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Gettysburg College, an M.S. in counseling from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Indiana University Bloomington. Dr. Hinkle is also an active leader in the field-at-large, having held several leadership roles within ACPA- College Student Educators International (American College Personnel Association) and contributed over 50 national presentations and publications to the student affairs knowledge base.
In addition to serving as the liaison to academic affairs and co-advising the Student Government Association at WCU, Dr. Hinkle oversees the following areas: Sykes Student Union, Office of Student Conduct, Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs, Multicultural Affairs, and the Twardowski Career Development Center.
Executive Associate to the Vice President for Student AffairsGCruice@wcupa.edu
Trudy Cruice began her career at West Chester University in 1992. She currently serves as the Executive Associate to the Vice President for Student Affairs. Ms. Cruice is responsible for monitoring the day to day operations in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. As stated in the Division's Strategic Plan "The goal of Student Affairs is to engage students in their learning and help them succeed. Providing developmental and educational programs, services, and environments that contribute to a student's personal growth and support the academic mission of WCU, ultimately contribute to student retention and graduation." This goal is accomplished because of the collaboration of 17 departments within the Division of Student Affairs. In this endeavor, Ms. Cruice works with faculty, students, staff and outside constituents that may require the services of the VPSA. Please feel free to stop by 238 Sykes Student Union for any assistance you may need.
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs for LGBTQA Services and Special ProjectsASmith4@wcupa.edu
Ms. Aneesah S. Smith is a proud graduate of West Chester University, obtaining a B.S. in Health Education in 2002 and M.S. in Counseling/Higher Education 2005. Ms. Smith brings to WCU an excellent background in University work (in both Student Life and Academic Affairs), and previous employment experiences included service at Penn State University (Reading) as an Educational Opportunity Program Coordinator, at Rosemont College as a Coordinator of Academic Advising, at Temple University where Aneesah served as a Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor, and most recently at the Community College of Philadelphia in her role as the Coordinator of the Peer Connection program. Ms. Smith has experience serving as an Advisor to LGBT student groups, and Aneesah has coordinated programs and presentations on diversity, LBGTQA issues, Alcohol & Drug concerns, Sexual Violence/Interpersonal. As a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. since 2000 Ms. Smith has served in several leadership positions both at a undergraduate and graduate level. She was also inducted and has maintained memberships into Chi Alpha Epsilon, Gamma Sigma Alpha, and Chi Sigma Iota which all speak to her academic achievements. Aneesah is a proud member of the LGBTQA community and is passionate about advocating for students, faculty and staff. In the years to come here at WCU she hopes to bring a positive enthusiastic energy to the Division as well as empower students to be the change they want to see.