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Handbook for Student Organizations

Developing Organization Goals + Objectives


Construct the general description of the organization’s purpose clearly so that it will be easily understood by others. Be familiar with the description of your organization’s expected responsibilities. Discuss and evaluate these responsibilities periodically to make certain they are realistic.


  • Routine goals help an organization’s ongoing program of daily events. These are questions to consider: What are some of the traditional responsibilities of the organization that you would like to see continued? Would you recommend any changes in the basic content or format of the organization’s ongoing program, or
    would you continue the program as is?

  • Problem-solving goals help an organization troubleshoot and correct bad habits.
    These are questions to consider: Based on your knowledge of the organization,
    what improvements would you like to make in terms of the group’s program content, program format, etc.? Assuming you have identified some of the problem areas of the organization, what seems to be the solution to correct these difficulties?

  • Development goals foster growth within an organization. These are questions to consider: What experiences would you like people to gain as members of your group? How will you insure that these experiences will be realized for your organization’s members? Why do you think students will want to join your organization? How will you provide for both social interaction and task accomplishment as a leader in your organization? Are the two concepts mutually exclusive or compatible? How would you assess your strengths and weaknesses in working with a group of people? In what areas do you think that you will need help?


  • Objectives are the basic steps in accomplishing the stated goals.

  • Objectives are specific, clearly stated and understood, and related to a time frame whenever possible.

  • Objectives are realistic and within the scope of the organization.

  • All possible objectives should be considered. Here is an example.

    By the spring semester, our organization will have increased membership by 30%.

    1. Publicity campaigns will run on a monthly basis.
    2. Each member must tell five friends about the organization prior to each group meeting.
    3. Fifteen prospective members will be brought to group meetings each month.
    4. Current membership will be posted and updated monthly.


Assigning tasks

Delegates responsibility throughout the organization

  • What are the specific jobs that need to be done in order to fulfill the objectives?  
  • Who will take responsibility for separate tasks?
  • When will each task be completed?

Keeps an organization from going in the red

  • How much will each item cost and what is the total cost of producing the project?  
  • After figuring the costs per event, what is the total budget required for the year?  
  • What is the cost of each project in relation to the total budget?

Aids in an organization’s growth by improving methods

  • Based on the means in which the tasks were completed,
    how would you evaluate the organization’s programs? 

  • Did the organization fulfill its stated goals and objectives? If not, what were the difficulties and what changes in the stated plans could be made so that the goals will be met? If yes, is the committee able to report a successful completion of its aims and directions for the year? Have the organization members been commended on jobs successfully completed?

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