The Division of Student Affairs created its first Strategic Plan for the years 2008-2013 to support and guide the mission and vision of Student Affairs, as well as to define our position and goals within The University of Akron structure. A Strategic Planning Committee was formed in January 2008 to begin discussions on the content and structure of a major strategic plan for the Division of Student Affairs. The committee was made up of nineteen members representing fourteen different departments within Student Affairs.
The plan is intended to:
The plan also includes an assessment document to be used consistently by all departments that report to the Division of Student Affairs. This document provides a structure to match departmental goals to those within the Division.
The Strategic Plan is intended to help facilitate progress toward establishing outstanding student service, accessible technology, and impeccable ethics. The Plan will allow for the flexibility to grow and adapt to continuing changes both on and off campus while maintaining consistency in the Division of Student Affairs.
The Strategic Planning Purpose and Process provides an overview of when and how the plan was developed during the spring 2008 semester. Throughout the spring and summer sessions, the Strategic Planning Committee met to formally discuss the purpose of the Plan, as well as to review other important strategic planning documents. Updates were provided to the Vice President and Associate Vice Presidents within Student Affairs, as well as to the Directors in the Division. The charge of the Strategic Planning Committee was to identify a method and process to enable all Student Affairs Departments to record and manage goal setting and assessment ensuring that the strategic plans and goals of each department were in line with the goals of Student Affairs and The University of Akron. The Directors of each department within the Division reviewed and discussed the Strategic Plan for Higher Education, 2008-2017, as well as the report on the Condition of Higher Education in Ohio to ensure the accuracy of the Division's Strategic Plan draft.
The Plan provides the final mission, vision and values of the Division of Student Affairs at The University of Akron.
Student Affairs serves, engages and empowers all students to learn, grow, develop and succeed.
Engage all students to achieve their dreams, develop pride and celebrate success.
Students: Our work is student centered.
Leadership: Accountability, responsibility, courage and character are the cornerstones of our practice.
Education: We develop students.
Integrity: We model honest and ethical practices in our daily lives.
The Division created several overarching Strategic Priorities for 2009-2014. All initiatives provide the Division the opportunity to focus on the success of the students at The University of Akron, and to blend with the Design Principles of the Academic Plan (leadership, engagement, innovation, inclusive excellence and assessment).
The University of Akron Division of Student Affairs will:
Develop a broad assessment plan in accordance with the University's academic plan, the Student Engagement and Success mission and strategic plan and each department's mission.
Each year, the Division will refine the Strategic Plan to ensure that the plan is aligned with the initiatives of The University of Akron and the State of Ohio. New initiatives and approaches will be added as discussions continue to take place among our students, faculty and administrators and other important constituents.
Click here to see the full version of the Division of Student Affairs Strategic Plan 2009-2014.
Click here for a blank template of the strategic plan for departments.
Click here for an outline of department goals for 2011-2012.