Mission, Goals, & Initiatives
The Division of Student Affairs is guided by several documents. The appertaining portions of these documents are provided here as a collection of the overarching levels of guidance for the division.
Mission – Goals – Initiatives – Accreditation
UIS Division of Student Affairs Mission
The Division of Student Affairs is a team of professionals dedicated to the mission of UIS who contributes to the personal and professional development of students. Programs and services offered inspire students to take ownership of self and social responsibility, to become globally aware citizens and who appreciate human diversity, and through enhancing holistic development. “Students First!” is the philosophy that inspires, empowers and unites us.
UIS Division of Student Affairs Goals
Holding our programs and staff to excellence in all that we do, Student Affairs respectfully supports students, faculty, staff, and parents with professional care. Our programs, services, and facilities assist students in their transition to campus life and help them to navigate and complete the college experience and to derive the greatest value and pleasure from their time at UIS.
Our staff of professionals is committed to the enhancement of student leadership and the cultivation of their civic engagement. Student Affairs directly supports students’ life-long development of personal, academic, and social skills.
Our strong community partnerships and deep involvement actively engage students and faculty in the larger social system and promote service learning, social justice and civic engagement. We offer a safe, open, welcoming community that nurtures healthy personal development and a sense of belonging to everyone in the campus community.
We work to attract, to hire, and to retain students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds. Our goal is a rich multicultural environment. Student Affairs emphasizes to its students and staff a diverse, tolerant campus community.
Organizational & Professional Development
The Student Affairs staff exhibits the values we hope students will exhibit. Our staff learns constantly as we serve and work collaboratively with students and colleagues to achieve a shared vision
UIS Strategic Initiatives
- Enhance student engagement in learning communities.
- Provide reflective component to learning opportunities.
- Provide measurable and reflective learning opportunities through student work assignments, student projects and/or extracurricular activities.
- Increase faculty/staff partnerships that support curricular initiatives
- Engage students in opportunities with community partners who connect to students’ academic interests (volunteering, internships, alumni, career interviews and service)
- Provide/offer experiential learning opportunities that are tightly integrated into students’ curricular and co-curricular experience and engage students in these opportunities.
- Construct and organize educational communities that maximize student involvement and engage students in learning
- Develop a campus environment that optimizes common educational experiences to support personal, professional, and academic learning in all settings –in class and outside class.
- Provide opportunities for students to translate and apply knowledge, skill, and meaning acquisition into the context of the student’s life and profession.
- Provide opportunities for students to serve in their communities, both on-campus and off.
- Promote a sense of passion associated with, personal value of, and long-term commitment to community and service.
- Help students recognize and develop leadership skills via their experiences outside of the classroom.
- Help students understand the connections between their experiences in service and leadership as they relate to current social issues, academic content, and career goals.
- Provide opportunities for reflection on service and leadership experiences.
- Recognize and celebrate service and leadership at all levels of student involvement.
- Engage faculty and staff in service and leadership opportunities alongside students.
Student Centered Services
- Provide a support structure on all levels and with all activities
- Provide excellence in Customer Service
- Promote Professional Development to ensure an understanding of division mission and strategic initiatives and promoting staff growth with division/department informational training series sessions
- Improve communications throughout the division and campus
- Promote student staff development through instruction, mentoring, job shadowing, and social opportunities
- Facilitate collaboration within the division
- Create an environment that encourages self-awareness and self-knowledge
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through programming and hiring practices
- Create diverse, inclusive communities that enhance student connectedness
- Successfully integrate the concept of Inclusion into every student experience
- Students will engage with understanding of who they are in this world and how they relate to others in this world
- Create programming opportunities for global awareness and multicultural dialogue with positive measures to reduce bias and stereotyping
- Create staff and student training opportunities to promote multicultural competence
Health mind, Body, & Spirit
- Enhance mind, body, and spirit opportunities.
- Foster campus culture that emphasizes responsible decision making re: health alcohol and drugs.
- Increase student understanding of how to choose to live a healthy life … or … Increase student awareness of the steps they can take to develop and maintain a healthy life
- Provide programs and services that produce optimum health and safety outcomes for college students and campus communities
- Develop a campus climate that promotes a healthy mind, body and spirit through collaboration, program implementation and campus outreach, and inclusion of international and other diverse populations
- Utilize evidence-based knowledge about the health and wellness to guide program development
Recruitment, Retention, and Enrollment
- Create a positive, inviting atmosphere for potential students, current students, alumni and their families
- Create programming and activities for commuter students, their families and other non-resident student groups (including ESL and IEP students)
- Increase communication regarding opportunities for engagement and involvement on campus and in the community
- Improve timeliness of identification of at-risk students and guidance toward resources and services (financial, academic, career, health and wellness, and social)
- Improve and increase marketing and external communications to all state high school students and their parents
- Create a campus focused recruitment and retention effort and environment that utilizes all staff, faculty, alumni and students
The Higher Learning Commission Criteria for Accreditation
Criteria 2 – Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct: The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
Criteria 3 – Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support: The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.
Criteria 4 – Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement: The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
Criteria 5 – Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness: The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.