Student Life Strategic Plan


Student Life Strategic Priorities

2012-2015

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#2 - Enhance Student Achievement and Success

1.    Advance the education, career, and vocation planning initiatives.  Expand the collaborative efforts of the multiple offices and centers involved in the work of assisting students with identifying and attaining their educational goals and developing their vocational and career paths.

Goal by May 31, 2020:

  • Increase PLU student utilization of the services available for educational planning, vocational discernment, career exploration and initial employment, graduate school or volunteer work.

2.    Strengthen co-curricular programs.  Strengthen intersections between academic and co-curricular programs, enhance programs links with mission and Integrative Learning Objectives (ILOs), promote active engagement, and strengthen life balance and wellness.

Goals by May 31, 2020:

  • Increase the number of students who utilize co-curricular experiences to advance the development and attainment of their educational goals.
  • Increase the array of co-curricular educational experiences that complement and advance the mission of the university, the ILOs and student development as global citizens working toward a diverse, just and sustainable world.

3.    Expand co-curricular resources.  Expand the financial base of co-curricular programs and continue to invest in co-curricular facilities, with particular emphasis on the residence halls as comfortable, safe, and effective living/learning opportunities and recreation/wellness/athletic facilities that effectively meet student needs.

Goals by May 31, 2020:

  • Increase the percentage of students who live in the residence halls.
  • Enhance the residence halls as comfortable, enjoyable and engaging living/learning environments.
  • Improve the Anderson University Center and recreation, wellness and athletic facilities to positively impact student utilization and effectiveness of services and programs.

4.    Improve the services and programs that support the persistence and retention of students through graduation.  Strengthen student resources across campus and enhance effectiveness, efficiency and accessibility.

Goal by May 31, 2020:

  • Ensure that student resources across campus are accessible, effective, efficient and well utilized.

5.    Advance the university as a diverse, just, sustainable, and safe learning community.  Increase the explicit emphasis and importance of the intersections of diversity, social justice, sustainability and safety as priorities of the learning community at PLU.

Goal by May 31, 2020:

  • Articulate the PLU emphasis and understanding of DJS and embed it in the co-curricular life of campus.

6.    Improve and refine the alignment of division and department assessments with the university’s mission, goals, themes and Integrative Learning Objectives.  Advance the effectiveness of division programs and services in advancing student attainment of the university’s mission and ILOs.

Goal by May 31, 2020:

  • Increase students’ ability to articulate the contributions of co-curricular educational experiences and services to their overall PLU educational experience.

7.    Enhance student communication plans to increase the effective marketing of services and programs, and the value-added of co-curricular opportunities.  Assure that services and programs are effectively communicated and promoted to students as important components of their PLU education.

Goal by May 31, 2020:

  • Increase the number of students who are well informed of the co-curricular educational opportunities and who actively seek to participate.

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#3 - Increase Leadership Capacity and Community Engagement

1.    Advance the university as a diverse, just, sustainable and safe learning community.  Increase the explicit emphasis and importance of the intersections of diversity, social justice, sustainability and safety as priorities of the learning community at PLU.

Goal by May 31, 2020:

  • Enhance the array of co-curricular educational programs that advance student understanding and engagement in supporting PLU as a safe, DJS learning community.

2.    Enhance the residential living/learning communities’ intersections with curricular emphases and ILOs.  Increase the collaborative work with faculty and campus partners in integrating academic priorities into the living environments on campus.

Goal by May 31, 2020:

  • Expand the intentional connections of the living/learning communities to the academic programs of the university.

3.    Expand the professional development opportunities within the Student Life Division.  Nurture and enrich the professional lives of Student Life staff through multiple offerings for professional growth, both on and off campus.

Goal by May 31, 2020:

  • Promote and provide opportunities for staff to achieve and sustain themselves as innovative, first rank professionals.