Behind the Plan
Beginning in May 2019, Student Affairs engaged a 2025
planning process in alignment with University strategic
Student Affairs committed to planning as a primary means
to provide a shared vision to advance the University of
Georgia and Student Affairs missions, enrich student
learning and support student development and growth,
and create an even more valuable and memorable
student experience at UGA.
Directors of departments across Student Affairs, along
with the division’s senior Administrative Team, other key
staff, students, and numerous campus stakeholders
participated in or supported three concurrent working
groups, which met for nearly six months in 2019. The
working groups were broadly organized around the
three interrelated strategies now at the heart of the
plan: Essential Skills, Engagement, and Well-being and
The working groups examined each strategy in depth and
considered available data, student perspectives, faculty
and staff experience, organizational and operational
needs, current resources, and potential opportunities.
In particular, the groups sought opportunities to ensure
that Student Affairs creates an even more meaningful
experience for all students, utilizes resources most
effectively, and integrates fully with institutional goals and
the work of key stakeholders.
The efforts of the three working groups led directly to the
emergence of the priorities and opportunities featured in
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Behind the Plan
The structure of the Student Affairs 2025 plan includes the following key components:
Student Affairs staff in all areas will contribute to reaching each of these measures.
Behind the Plan
Key Considerations for Student Affairs Faculty and Staff
This plan is a Student Affairs-wide endeavor, which
requires the attention and effort of every Student Affairs
staff member. As the strategies span student life at
UGA, success will depend on integrating efforts beyond
individual departments. It will require staff to share
information more readily, leverage available data, work
together more closely, and build and grow stronger
connections across campus.
Student Affairs staff will need to be more proactive and
forward-thinking than ever, innovating and uniting around
additional opportunities to engage and inspire more
students. For student-facing staff, this plan will continue
a shift from a programmer to educator mindset. Staff will
need to work together to adapt learning opportunities
and services to have the most impact possible, helping to
ensure that students develop the skills and mindsets they
need to flourish at UGA and in life.
In short, achieving this plan depends on all staff working
as a cohesive Student Affairs team.
As the key initiatives in the plan take shape, staff
members should be open-minded and attentive to ways each individual can contribute to
improving the student experience. While it will take
time and there will be challenges and learning as these
initiatives take effect, the long-term potential benefit for
students is profound.