The division employs an exceptional professional staff committed to enhancing student growth and development. Staff members experience regular collaborations within and outside the division, consistent with the values of a liberal arts institution.
Students and their development are the purpose, incentive, and motivation for our work. As we fulfill our individual responsibilities, we collectively embrace our aspirational core values.
Purposeful communication, regularly practicing purposeful face-to-face connections with others
Collaboration, strengthening our efforts by crossing boundaries and creating partnerships
Creativity, valuing creativity in leadership and problem solving
Work-life integration, consistently practicing self-care and demonstrating the value of wellness
Diversity and inclusion, knowing that a diverse living and learning community improves the educational experience for all and actively seeking colleagues from underrepresented populations
Student development and learning, serving as advocates for students while empowering them to assume responsibility for their experiences
The SU Division of Student Life understands the challenges facing higher education and wants to be best prepared to meet the needs of our students. To address current issues, the division encourages professional development surrounding ACPA (College Student Educators International) and NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) identified competency areas. Each year staff members create plans to strengthen competency in several areas. Staff member plans include local and national conference attendance, participation in sponsored webinars, membership in professional organizations, development of mentoring relationships, participation in book reading discussions, and other activities.
Strategic Planning & Assessment
Student Life professionals partner with students, faculty and others to create a vibrant residential learning community that promotes academic excellence and personal well-being consistent with the priorities outlined in the strategic plan.
The director of each student life department annually creates program outcomes and learning outcomes connected to the strategic plan priorities and the university’s learning goals.
The departments annually assess program outcomes and learning outcomes using best practice in assessment. Results of these assessments projects are used to create an annual report at the conclusion of each academic year.