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+ Campus alert: A-State Closed Jan. 16

A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

Important Updates

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall tonight at 7:30pm.
  • For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • ETS testing candidates that were scheduled for today should contact the Testing Center in the Reng Student Union at 972-2038 when A-State reopens and they will assist with rescheduling.
  • The Red WOLF Center will open today on winter weather hours of noon until 5 p.m.
  • Dean B. Ellis Library is closed all day today.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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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.
  • Conduct facility assessments
  • Perform preventative maintenance
  • Respond promptly to maintenance/housekeeping concerns
  • 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.
  • Develop and distribute marketing material
  • Utilize housing web page
  • Provide oral and written information to customers during recruitment days
  • 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.
  • Assess the needs of our clientele
  • Implement programs to address needs
  • Encourage diverse programming
  • 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.
  • Create a residential faculty program
  • Promote faculty and staff informal/formal swap shops
  • Encourage partnerships with other departments
  • 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.
  • Strengthen Honors housing program
  • Implement and maintain First Year Residential Experience
  • Explore viable academic interest
  • 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.
  • Institute a comprehensive recruitment and selection program
  • Identify staffing needs
  • Update training sessions, manuals and other developmental publications
  • 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.
  • Implement service learning programs
  • Encourage campus involvement
  • Foster personal growth and development
  • 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