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Mission, Goals & Objectives

Mission Statement

Residence Life provides a safe, diverse, and well-maintained environment that complements and supports the academic mission of the University. We create a dynamic living/learning experience that promotes and inspires individuals to become empowered community members.

Goals & Objectives

Goal #1: Provide quality housing for students.


Objective #1: Provide safe and well-maintained facilities.
Strategies
  • Conduct facility assessments
  • Perform preventative maintenance
  • Respond promptly to maintenance/housekeeping concerns
Measures
  • Inspections
  • Surveys
  • Focus groups
How this information will be used
  • Identify and budget future projects, renovation, and purchases
  • Extend life of facilities
  • Reveal areas where additional staff may be needed
Objective #2: Assist students in making a decision about living options.
Strategies
  • Develop and distribute marketing material
  • Utilize housing web page
  • Provide oral and written information to customers during recruitment days
Measures
  • Occupancy reports
  • Focus groups
  • Recruitment evaluations
How this information will be used
  • Identify areas that may need additional marketing
  • Adapt marketing strategies to address our diverse clientele

Goal #2: Provide living & learning opportunities beyond the classroom.


Objective #1: Develop educational and social programs.
Strategies
  • Assess the needs of our clientele
  • Implement programs to address needs
  • Encourage diverse programming
Measures
  • Needs analysis
  • Program evaluations
  • Quality of life surveys
How this information will be used
  • Assist staff in developing programs
  • Identify student's developmental needs
  • Create proactive programs
Objective #2: Encourage faculty and staff involvement.
Strategies
  • Create a residential faculty program
  • Promote faculty and staff informal/formal swap shops
  • Encourage partnerships with other departments
Measures
  • Needs analysis
  • Summative and formative evaluations
  • Focus groups
How this information will be used
  • Strengthen faculty and staff awareness
  • Promote Residence Life to other departments
Objective #3: Cultivate special interest environments.
Strategies
  • Strengthen Honors housing program
  • Implement and maintain First Year Residential Experience
  • Explore viable academic interest
Measures
  • Needs analysis
  • Facilities audit
  • Peer institutional review
How this information will be used
  • Market housing to specific students
  • Determine special interest areas
  • Select special interest programs to implement

Goal #3: Develop community.


Objective #1: Recruit, select, and train staff committed to student development.
Strategies
  • Institute a comprehensive recruitment and selection program
  • Identify staffing needs
  • Update training sessions, manuals and other developmental publications
Measures
  • Training evaluations
  • Quality of life surveys
  • Staff evaluations
How this information will be used
  • Strengthen training program
  • Provide updated training materials to staff on a continual basis
  • Educate staff on student development opportunities
Objective #2: Challenge students through empowerment, development, and leadership.
Strategies
  • Implement service learning programs
  • Encourage campus involvement
  • Foster personal growth and development
Measures
  • Focus groups
  • Surveys
  • Peer institutional reviews
How this information will be used
  • Identify types of developmental programs
  • Develop service learning resource guide
  • Identify leadership opportunities