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Goals

The Division of Student Life’s goals support the unit’s mission and organized around two major themes: goals focused on supporting students and enhancing their education and experience at UMD ("Engaging Students"), and goals that support the unit’s operational excellence ("Excelling in Performance").

Engaging Students

Goal Area 1 - Learning

1.1:   Create engaging, purposeful learning experiences that are sustainable and integral to our students’ academic, professional and personal development and success.

1.2:   Aspire to utilize the Student-Driven Model* of student affairs practice,  foster student development in terms of UMD’s learning goals and outcomes.

Goal Area 2 - Cultural Competence

2.1:   Provide and promote education, resources, and training opportunities on equity,  diversity, and social justice for the division’s staff and students.

2.2:   Infuse co-curricular programming and services with components that create engaging cultural competence learning opportunities for students.

Goal Area 3 - Wellness

3.1:  Foster students’ well-being through educating, engaging, and empowering their physical, social, environmental, spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and financial success.

3.2:  Develop physical spaces, programs and services that support an exceptional environment for student wellness.

Excelling in Performance

Goal Area 4 - The “Student Life Experience"

4.1:   Deliver service in a positive, knowledgeable, skillful, accurate and prompt manner.

4.2:   Create communication that is appropriate and effective, both in the ways we provide information and actively seek and respond to feedback from our customers.

4.3:   Develop a culture of continuous improvement where innovation and growth are encouraged, and empathy and inclusiveness are integrated into every aspect of customer service. 

Goal Area 5 - Resources

5.1:   Apply a strategic, visionary, student-focused and sustainable approach in developing, managing, and continually assessing human, fiscal, physical, and technological resources.

5.2:   Utilize resources effectively, ethically, and efficiently through stewardship and collaboration.

5.3:   Cultivate public and private fiscal opportunities and partnerships that support and enrich the student experience.

Goal Area 6 - Assessment

6.1:   Incorporate program evaluation and the UMD Student Learning Outcomes into divisional assessment efforts.

6.2:   Link assessment efforts to the Student Life and UMD Strategic Plans.

6.3:   Provide leadership and professional development opportunities to staff to foster a culture of assessment and continuous improvement.

Connecting  to Student Life Goals 6.13

At the 2013 spring retreat, participants linked their jobs to our strategic plan.

*See One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice; Manning, Kinzie, and Schuh (2006)

Student Life Goals Mapped to the UMD Strategic Plan

Student Life GoalMapping to the University Goal
Learning – Create engaging, purposeful learning experiences that are sustainable and integral to our students’ academic, professional and personal  development and success.1,3
Learning – Utilizing the Student-Driven Model, foster student development in terms of UMD’s learning goals and outcomes.1,2,3
Cultural Competence – Provide and promote education, resources, and training opportunities on equity,  diversity, and social justice for the division’s staff and students.2
Cultural Competence – Infuse co-curricular programming and services with components that create engaging cultural competence learning opportunities for students.1,2,3
Wellness – Foster student success through educating, engaging and empowering their  physical, social, environmental, spiritual, intellectual, emotional and financial well-being.1,3,6
Wellness – Develop physical spaces, programs and services that support an exceptional environment for student wellness.1,3,6
Student Life Experience – Deliver service in a positive, knowledgeable, skillful, accurate and prompt manner.1,3,5
Student Life Experience – Create communication that is appropriate and effective, both in the ways we provide information and actively seek and respond to feedback from our customers.1,3,5
Student Life Experience – Develop a culture of continuous improvement where innovation and growth are encouraged, and empathy and inclusiveness are integrated into every aspect of customer service.1,2,3,6
Resources – Apply a strategic, visionary, student-focused and sustainable approach in developing, managing, and continually assessing human, fiscal, physical, and technological resources.1,3,6
Resources – Utilize human and fiscal resources effectively, ethically, and efficiently through stewardship and collaboration.6
Resources – Cultivate public and private fiscal opportunities and partnerships that support and enrich the student experience.5,6
Assessment – Incorporate program evaluation and the UMD Student Learning Outcomes into divisional assessment efforts.1,3,6
Assessment – Link assessment efforts to the Student Life and UMD Strategic Plans6
Assessment – Provide leadership and professional development opportunities to staff to foster a culture of assessment and continuous improvement.6