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Strategic Goals

DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
STRATEGIC GOAL 1: STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

       

Through intentional, impactful and innovative programs and services,
we will engage students and nurture student growth and success.

   

STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

    

1.  Evaluating ongoing and cultivating new collaborative opportunities for
     student engagement with student services staff and faculty.

     
  • To provide many services on campus, the University Activities Commission strives to collaborate with a variety of student organizations, Housing and Residence Life, Alumni Relations, University Recreation and Sport Facilities, and various community groups.

  • Activities, Involvement and Leadership promotes the use of The Lookout, the student-operated event space and dance club in Hilltop Center, by student organizations and other offices and departments for programs on upper campus. We frequently team up with other campus areas including Housing and Residence Life, the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education, Orientation, and Advising and New Student Initiatives to present new programs to engage students.

  • Activities, Involvement and Leadership works with Housing and Residence Life, Orientation, Advising, CASE, and the Center for Service Learning to develop new start-of-the-year programs that acclimate students to the University and the Eau Claire community. We also take part in the First Year Events committee which has been creating new programs to fill the gaps in the First Year Experience program due to lack of funding.

  • Leadership programming has been developed in collaboration with several other departments and members of the campus community. Several of the initiatives available include other areas including Housing and Residence Life, Dean of Students, University Recreation and Sport Facilities, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Academic Advising, and Admissions. The students served through these programs are mostly nominated by other departments and encouraged to participate in the services and programs offered.

  • All leadership programming and initiatives are evaluated through several different means to ensure they are meeting the learning outcomes designed for each program as well as the overall goals for student engagement set by the institution.

2.  Through better communication and being mindful of technology,
     reducing overlap of services and programs, and allowing more time for
     new initiatives within our division.

   
  • We strive to collaborate on activities that are offered, to avoid overlap with those sponsored by other offices, departments and organizations. If the activities are similar we work together to design one activity to meet both of our needs. We update our website with important activities and dates, and we have a friend base for our UAC and The Cabin pages on Facebook. We also tweet events on Twitter hoping to reach out to as many students as we can.

  • We communicate to students, offices and departments what is going on within student organizations through e-mail and tools such as OrgSync, an online student organization management system. OrgSync, which we share with University Recreation and Sport Facilities and Housing and Residence Life, gives us the ability to put forms and event information online — saving paper and providing students with an online portal for student organization business.

  • The high level of collaboration in our leadership programming results in a strong communication link with other Student Affairs units. Through initiatives like the Campus Events Roundtable, a committee that allows staff from varying areas on campus to come together to discuss ideas for collaboration and to avoid overlap of services and programs, and the Comprehensive Leadership Committee, a committee designed to discuss and implement new leadership initiatives, there are several opportunities to promote existing experiences and work as a unit to provide services to students.

3.  Assessing campus pride levels and using results to develop strategies to
     enhance connectedness and promote greater engagement.

        
  • We collaborate with the Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center to promote and create an inclusive campus with our programming. We also host Chancellor's Roundtables that allow for students to speak their minds about important topics directly to the Chancellor. These events usually well attended.

  • One of the many purposes of leadership programming is to connect like-minded students through shared experiences in leadership development.  Programs within this area promote student connections, encouragement for future involvement, and a strong UW-Eau Claire network of active student leaders. By establishing this network, it helps create a strong leadership-focused image for the campus and helps define what a Blugold really is.

4.  Creating required training to fully develop student leaders at
     UW-Eau Claire.

     
  • The University Activities Commission provides one-day training in the form of a retreat that serves as a resource for important contacts, procedures and policies for the UAC to follow when planning an event on campus. This retreat is for all UAC Chair people to get to know each other better but to also learn about the important aspects of their responsibilities.

  • In our Student Organizations and Leadership Center, we conduct student organization trainings so that student organization leaders are better prepared for navigating the University environment. Topics include reserving spaces, funding, risk management, rules and policies, how to navigate OrgSync, renewing your organization, and general information.

  • Leadership programming is intended to help train students on areas of leadership development needed or utilized in other areas of their personal and professional lives. Such programs as the Leadership Seminar Series trains students to help understand team dynamics, ethical leadership, and focusing on the strengths of others. Other programs look at other areas of development including conflict resolution, recognition, communication styles, professional etiquette, servant leadership, and several other topics and themes.

5.  Transforming and redefining space to provide for
     engagement opportunities.

      
  • The new W.R. Davies Student Center has allowed us to update and develop our activities for students. The University Activities Commission has created the UAC Late-Night Activities Committee that brings late-night alternatives to students. Many of these activities are held in The Lookout in Hilltop Center or the residence halls to bring the activities to the students. The committee also does some off-campus programming to reach the students that are living off campus. Many of these activities are provided for free or at a very low cost.

  • In the fall of 2013 we moved the student-run event space and dance club from Crest Wellness Center to Hilltop Center, and updated the Bowling and Billiards Center. This new upper-campus programming space, The Lookout, will better serve students, student organizations, and campus offices and departments.

  • The Student Organizations and Leadership Center created in the new Davies Center provides student organizations with better tools to conduct business and innovate their own organizations. The complex combines the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office with the Student Senate and student organizations space, and provides a fully equipped publicity workshop and meeting rooms.

  • Leadership programming employs several innovative ways of utilizing spaces on campus and in the community to promote student engagement.  Whether it is through more structured programs like the We Lead Student Leadership Conference held in Davies Center, or a Leadership Circle group using the cafeteria to project body image statistics and information to promote their project and student wellness, the spaces provided within this campus community help promote engagement to varying populations depending on the program or initiative.

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