Division of Student Affairs

Student Affairs 2009-2010 Strategies and Action Items

During the May 2009 Student Affairs Council (SAC) retreat, Division action items, linked to the seven University strategies were proposed. The following strategic action items were forwarded to the Vice President for Student Affairs and will be implemented during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Strategy #1: Create distinctive coherent undergraduate learning experiences that integrate curricular and co-curricular programs

A.   Promote student engagement and leadership development through intentional collaboration with faculty and academic leaders to foster student success;

B.   Identify Student Affairs units that offer internships and practicum opportunities for credit and work collaboratively with faculty and administrators in Academic Affairs to assess and strengthen the learning experience;

C.   Increase student participation in co-curricular experiences (e.g., student organizations, Greek organizations, residential communities, campus committees, recreational sports programs, service learning, on-campus employment, internships, and other areas);

D.   Create an online community for faculty and staff to share ideas and develop strategies designed to increase student involvement and learning through curricular and co-curricular activities; and

E.   Engage faculty in a discussion and collaborative planning effort to initiate, encourage, and design strategies to integrate co-curricular and applied learning into curricula.


Strategy #2: Expand the student populations for BGSU enrollment and implement programs to recruit them and retain them to successful program completion.

A.   Increase opportunities for prospective students to attend BGSU programs by engaging more junior high and high schools;

B.   Strengthen collaborative initiatives between the Office of Admissions and the Division of Student Affairs to increase our understanding of the unique needs and expectations of our changing student demographic (e.g., race, ethnicity, culture, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, and status as a veteran) and to deliver a diverse array of educational experiences that prepare students for life-long success;

C.   Continue to audit and evaluate the effectiveness of existing Division programs and services in responding to student needs and service expectations; and

D.   Evaluate and expand, as appropriate, collaborative efforts with nearby two-year institutions, including Owens Community College, Terra Community College, and Northwest State Community College to foster enrollment at BGSU and to help ensure a smooth transition to BGSU.


Strategy #3: Identify and pursue economic development and curricular engagement opportunities.

A.   Encourage use of department liaisons as ways to increase collaborative work with community partners focused on increasing external funding opportunities for Student Affairs and the University;

B.   Facilitate and encourage research opportunities and opportunities for experiential learning in Wood County;

C.   Identify local community partners and create an advisory council focused on student engagement and community outreach; and

D.   Partner with local companies and organizations to create internship, co-op, student employment, and volunteer experiences.


Strategy #4: Enhance institutional capabilities for research and creative achievements.

A.   Create new co-op, internship, and other experiential learning assignments (e.g., undergraduate research, service learning) within the Division, which are tied to academic disciplines;

B.   Develop scholarships to foster institutional co-ops, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities;

C.   Enhance information technology utilization within the division to serve internal and external constituents more effectively and to improve operational efficiencies; and

D.   Encourage Division employees to publish their research, present at professional conferences, and serve on thesis and dissertation committees.


Strategy #5: Realign individual and institutional incentives and resources to support institutional priorities.

A.   Tie budget decisions to assessment results using program reviews, accreditation visits, learning outcomes measures, achieved efficiencies, best practices, and demonstrated impact on institutional mission, goals, strategies, and learning outcomes;

B.   Establish a campus-wide training module that educates all campus community members about the university’s mission, organization, functions, and priorities;

C.   Enhance Student Affairs facilities through effective planning, programming, cost analysis, renovation and construction, and maintenance; and

D.   Leverage partnership with Chartwells to increase revenue and enhance the dining experience at BGSU.


Strategy #6: Adapt institutional processes and resources for attracting new faculty and staff and for promoting the development of their talent and contributions.

 A.  Infuse instructional and communication technologies, administrative systems, and “best practices” in an ongoing effort to increase faculty and staff development and performance;

 B.  Continue to promote and support ongoing professional development (e.g., licensure and certification programs, skill-based training, learning communities, graduate education, and individual research and writing) as a performance expectation for all Division employees;

C.   Through Division-wide training, increase employees’ understanding of today’s college students (e.g., demographics, preparation for college, service expectations); knowledge of student development theory, research, and best practices; use of institutional research, learning outcomes assessment, and program evaluation to improve service delivery; and advanced use of communication technologies to connect students;

D.   Participate in the development and implementation of a BGSU leadership institute for classified and administrative staff; and

E.   Create an online community for faculty and staff to share professional development resources by topic and interest area.


Strategy #7: Increase institutional diversity and inclusion through communication of benefits.

A.   Continue to integrate diversity into co-curricular programs by creating opportunities for students to interact with individual from other cultures, ethnicity, ability, ages, sexual orientation, etc.;

B.   Implement diversity education and social justice programs with a focus on increasing awareness, knowledge, and multicultural competence of all members of the campus community;

C.   Learn more about the curricular and co-curricular experiences of our diverse students at BGSU (e.g., focus groups, surveys, open forums, meetings with Division leaders) and develop strategies to foster meaningful staff interactions with these students (e.g., mentoring, advising student groups, and attending Heritage celebrations).