The Strategic Plan of Student Affairs

The Strategic Plan of Student Affairs directly lines up with the university’s strategic plan.  As a division we are committed to the goals that directly align with completing the educational mission. 

University Strategic Priorities, learning, personal & Professional development, diversity & inclusion, community engagement, sustainability. Student Affairs Strategic Priorities, Student Development, Health, Wellness & Safety, Social Justice, Inclusion & Diversity, Engagement & Experiential Learning, Sustainability. Student Success Circle in the middle.

Our philosophical approach to learning incorporates working with our partners in Academic Affairs, understanding the learning taking place in the formal classroom, and created the formative learning happening outside of the classroom.  Student Affairs educators are integrating the two forms of learning to create a holistic experience for students.

Our Path to 2020

All members of our division were invited to contribute to the development of the strategic plan. Like our work, our strategic plan continues to evolve based on the needs of our division and our stakeholders.

Download the Strategic Plan 

Review Our April 2019 Progress Report 

Engagement & Experiential Learning 

Goal Statement: Develop intentional and varied opportunities for students to engage on campus and within the broader community.  

Outcomes:

1) Leverage technology/multimedia platforms to engage students, communicate our programs and services, and provide learning opportunities.
2) Develop stronger mutually beneficial partnerships with our internal and external stakeholders in order to better engage our students in learning opportunities.

Health, Wellness, and Safety 

Goal Statement: Promote the comprehensive health, wellness, and safety of all students to create a community of care.

Outcomes:

1) Provide education, training, and treatment for students regarding healthy living. 
2) Provide coaching to students regarding impact of decisions related to health, wellness, and safety to recognize and encourage personal accountability.  

Infrastructure

Goal Statement: Promote responsible stewardship of human, fiscal, and physical resources needed to achieve success for our departments and to ensure the standards of our profession.

Outcomes: 

1) Expand existing and establish new funding sources.
2) Provide training and professional development opportunities for staff of all levels (paraprofessional, support, entry, middle, and senior).
3) Engage in long-range planning to ensure sustainability.

Social Justice

Goal Statement: Create an environment that understands, recognizes, and embraces social justice as a primary component of the campus community.  

Outcomes:

1) Infuse social justice knowledge into the policies, programs, and services to positively impact campus climate and beyond.
2) Provide professional development for all Student Affairs staff, paraprofessionals, and students on how to understand and think critically about systems of oppression, privilege and equity. 
3) Conduct policy and practice reviews to identify and challenge formal and informal systems of oppression that might exist within. 
4) Analyze current data to identify salient areas and holes within the campus climate.

Student Development (Success)

Goal Statement: Create an environment of outcome/evidence-based practices and data informed decision making to engage our diverse student population and impact student success.

Outcomes:

1) Utilize WCU’s Student Affairs Learning Domains to inform Student Affairs’ programs and services that contribute to student success from orientation through graduation and beyond.
2) Utilize data and assessment results for program improvement.

Learning Domains

Through our co-curricular programs, students build their knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:

  • Civic Engagement- Encompasses actions wherein individuals participate in activities of personal, political and public concern that are both individually life enriching and socially beneficial to the community.
  • Communication- The exchange of information orally, non-verbally and in writing, with individuals, groups and external audiences using multiple modes, including technology and related applications.
  • Critical Thinking- A habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.
  • Integrative Learning- An understanding and disposition that a student builds across their personal, curricular and co-curricular lives, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new and complex situations.
  • Intercultural Fluency- Valuing, respecting, and learning from people with diverse backgrounds (e.g., ability, age, culture, economic status, education level, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation). The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.
  • Personal Development- Personal development includes both intra- and inter-personal elements. Intrapersonal development refers to an individual’s self-understanding and the extent to which they engage in selecting and living by their personal values and beliefs. Interpersonal development refers to an individual’s ability to build and maintain meaningful and healthy relationships, work collaboratively, and lead others.
  • Problem Solving- The process of designing, evaluating and implementing a strategy to answer a question or achieve a desired goal. 

Adapted from: CAS Learning and Development Outcomes; Connecting Credentials; NACE Competencies; VALUE rubrics from AACU.

These learning domains provide a solid foundation for the student experience and we have intentionally linked our domains to the WCU General Education Learning Outcomes, the WCU President's Toolkit, and the learning frameworks of several professional organizations in higher education. 

  • Read more to learn how we assess student learning
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