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Strategic Initiatives

 Strategic Initiative 1: Engagement

Providing the opportunity for students to connect to interests and involvement, and feel valued. Facilitating a culture of positive and inclusive relationships that promote student success.

 1.1 Goal: Create a comprehensive divisional engagement plan

a. Develop divisional strategies to engage students

b. Identify opportunities to collaborate with campus and community partners

1.2 Goal: Create a divisional diversity and inclusion plan

a. Collaboratively develop diversity and inclusion programming

b. Assess systemic barriers to engagement

1.3 Goal: Expand Student Communication

a. Leverage existing and new technology to communicate and connect with students and their communities


Strategic Initiative 2: Leadership

Developing students as leaders who create positive change in their communities, their country, and their world. Increasing capacity for OSU faculty and staff to teach and model leadership and civic engagement.

2.1 Goal: Promote student leadership development

a. Broaden leadership learning across campus

b. Collaborate with campus and community partners to provide training for faculty and staff on effective leadership development

2.2 Goal: Institutionalize service and civic engagement

a. Provide opportunities for service and civic engagement

b. Develop students as informed and engaged citizens of their communities

c. Broaden and deepen the lessons students learn through service

2.3 Goal: Develop positive change agents

a. Cultivate an awareness of one's own values, ethics, and purpose

b. Foster effective advocacy and civil discourse skills


Strategic Initiative 3: Learning

Investing in the programs, people, and spaces that lead to demonstrated student learning.  Advancing transformative and integrative student learning experiences.

3.1 Goal: Establish Student Learning Plan

a. Identify division-wide student learning priorities/common learning outcomes

b. Develop and implement assessment plan

c. Establish and deploy Co-Curricular Map

d. Create framework to supplement in-class learning

e. Increase collaborations with graduate programs associated with the Division of Student Affairs

3.2 Goal: Partner with Academic Affairs on the Higher Learning Commission Quality Initiative Project

a. Collaborate with Academic Affairs in the institutional quality initiative component of the accreditation process.


Strategic Initiative 4: Operational Effectiveness

Providing effective and ethical stewardship of resources. Communicating opportunities and achievement to stakeholders. Quantifying vision-to-action by measuring divisional and departmental needs and assessing progress towards goals.

4.1 Goal: Institute Divisional Performance Measurements

a. Develop Key Performance Metrics (KPI) for program effectiveness for the division

b. Develop divisional document to report out impacts of performance indicators

4.2 Goal: Promote Financial Stability and Sustainability

a. Develop a divisional financial and funding plan to include program and facility assessment

b. Strategically expand divisional revenues including an increase in gift and grant funding

4.3 Goal: Create Facilities Plan

a. Create long-term comprehensive facilities plan

4.4 Goal: Encourage Human Resource Capacity and Capability

a. Devise process to review staffing needs, and formulate solutions through position prioritization, reallocation of resources, or acquisition of additional resources

b. Conduct a staff talent inventory

c. Develop divisional staff recognition process and awards

d. Create staff development training plan and programs

4.5 Goal: Coordinate Divisional Marketing and Communications Strategies

a. Develop a divisional marketing and communications plan to engage and inform stakeholders

b. Foster internal communication among staff and departments

c. Share knowledge and expertise in student engagement and student affairs across campus to increase understanding of the impact of student affairs


Strategic Initiative 5: Support

Creating and sustaining the programs and services that drives student success.  Fostering a University wide collaboration to ensure alignment and continuous improvement in supporting students.

5.1 Goal: Expound upon response in supporting students in need

a. Standardize and communicate protocols and procedures related to student incidents

b. Assess campus needs for student support

5.2 Goal: Enhance proactive avenues to support students

a. Develop a comprehensive depository of support options through a website and mobile accessible application

b. Complete student needs assessment of support services every two years

5.3 Goal: Collaboratively evolve resources to address specific student needs

a. Develop a formalized plan to address issues of food insecurity

b. Research and develop an avenue to memorialize students


Strategic Initiative 6: Wellness

Wellness definition: Infusing wellness into everyday operations, business practices, and campus culture. Improving the health of the people who live, learn, work, and play on campus and in the community.

6.1 Goal: Promote a dynamic culture of well-being across the OSU system and state of Oklahoma.

a. Define the desired behaviors and values of a culture of well-being.

b. Increase stakeholder ownership of the system-wide culture of well-being at all levels and in the community.

c. In collaboration with OSU Brand Management, and within the overall Student Affairs marketing plan, create and implement a comprehensive and accessible health and well-being marketing and communications plan.

6.2 Goal: Implement sustainable, evidence-based wellness strategies on Oklahoma State University system campuses to improve student retention, academic success, and overall quality of life.

a. Utilize relevant data to develop and implement evidence-based programming and services.

b. Leverage evidence-based research to improve student retention and academic success through health and wellness programs, services, and facilities.

c. Identify and propose for grant funding and private donors to support sustainable campus and community wellness strategies and infrastructure.

d. Deepen engagement of students, faculty, staff, and community members in wellness programs and services.

6.3 Goal: Engage the broader academic community through integrated and collaborative research and scholarship.

a. Develop and maintain collaborative data-driven projects between faculty, staff, and students and community organizations that advance the knowledge base of the respective areas.