Ready to Launch

This spring we announced a bold new 2025 plan for UGA Student Affairs focused on three core strategies: 1) Improve student development of essential skills; 2) Increase meaningful student engagement on campus and in the community; and 3) Increase student well-being and success across the educational experience.

With all that has happened in our world since spring, the importance of these core strategies has been affirmed in countless ways. We are ready to launch!

In July, we are opening two new departments—a new Student Transitions office to provide dedicated support for key times of student transition across the student experience, as well as a new department of Engagement, Leadership, and Service, to expand engagement and infuse leadership and service across all types of student involvement.

We will also soon be launching new collaborative teams across Student Affairs and the campus, including a new student learning collaborative, well-being network, digital engagement, data, and IT teams, student organization advisors, and a student transitions group. Many staff will be asked to join one or more of these teams.

Making our 2025 plan come alive depends on all of us working together creatively and energetically. These are challenging times, but I am fully confident we can continue to embrace the opportunities ahead together for the benefit of UGA students and the betterment of our world.

Victor K. Wilson
Vice President for UGA Student Affairs

July 2020

Formally launching the Student Affairs 2025 plan
Launching the new Department of Student Transitions
Launching the new Department of Engagement, Leadership, and Service
Inviting members of collaborative teams associated with the plan
Initiating work of several collaborative teams, including the well-being network and advising model working group
Reviewing completed FY21 planning tools for departments to identify departmental-level outcomes and inform planning, growth, and prioritization of student experiences
Completing updates to the central Student Affairs web presence

June 2020

Introduced the new director of Student Transitions, Donald Coleman
Prepared for the launch of the two new departments, Student Transitions, and Engagement, Leadership, and Service
Identified permanent space for the Student Transitions department and initiated renovation plans
Identified temporary space for Student Transitions
Identified and reviewed with senior leaders members of collaborative teams associated with the plan
Developed a communications plan for launching collaborative teams later in the summer and fall
Prepared for the formal launch of the 2025 plan in July

May 2020

Introduced the new director of Engagement, Leadership, and Service, Taylor Cain
Completed the on-campus interviews for the director of Student Transitions
Distributed an FY21 planning tool for departments to identify departmental-level outcomes and inform planning, growth, and prioritization of student experiences
Advanced work on grant-funded experiential learning online modules, including initial service and leadership curricular elements
Completed pilot project surveying student employee skills in connection with identified competencies
Began updates to the central Student Affairs web presence, as well adding presences for new departments, ELS and Student Transitions
Continued transition and planning efforts with new ELS and Student Transitions staff
Continued to identify members of collaborative teams launching in summer 2020
Advanced outlines for each initiative in the plan
Completed campus interviews for the assistant director of service position in Engagement, Leadership, and Service
Completed campus interviews for the Student Affairs web/digital developer position

April 2020

Launched the updated Office of the Vice President, including the new roles of Assistant to the VP for Learning Strategy, Assistant to the VP for Communications and Digital Engagement, Student Affairs Digital Engagement Lead, and Student Affairs Information Technology Lead
Transitioned responsibilities from the former Learning and Strategic Initiatives and Communications and Marketing Initiatives departments to the Office of the VP
Developed a rollout timeline, including all initiatives and overall efforts, for the initial two years of the plan
Advanced the ongoing searches for the Student Transitions and Engagement, Leadership, and Service director positions
Launched a search for the assistant director of service position in Engagement, Leadership, and Service
Continued identifying roles and potential participants for members for collaborative teams (Communications, Digital Engagement, Information Technology, Data, Essential Skills and Experiential Learning, Well-being and Success, etc.)

March 2020

Met with initiative leads to refine detailed outlines and begin to sequence next steps in rollout
Began to identify potential participants for collaborative teams (Communications, Digital Engagement, Information Technology, Data, Essential Skills and Experiential Learning, Well-being and Success, etc.)
Completed detailed outlines of each initiative and collaborative teams
Worked toward defining roles for each collaborative team involved in the plan
Followed up with individual leaders and staff regarding individual and department responsibilities related to the plan
Completed HR and budget processes related to the two new Student Affairs departments (ELS and Transitions) and reassignment of staff changing supervision lines as part of the plan
Posted the Director of Student Transitions position through UGAJobs
Launched searches for the ELS and Transitions director positions
Completed work on other new position descriptions involved in the plan, including Assistant to the VP for Learning Strategy, Assistant to the VP for Communications, Data, and Technology, Student Affairs Data Lead, Student Affairs Information Technology Lead, and Student Affairs Digital Engagement Lead
Created new logo suites for the departments of Engagement, Leadership, and Service and Student Transitions

February 2020

Launched the Student Affairs 2025 plan at the State of Student Affairs address
Held individual meetings with the Vice President and staff from Student Affairs departments
Met with numerous campus partners, students, and other groups to introduce the plan
Developed position descriptions for the Director of Engagement, Leadership, and Service (ELS) and Director of Student Transitions positions, and received permission to post
Invited search committees for the ELS and Transitions director roles Posted the Director of Engagement, Leadership, and Service position through UGAJobs
Worked with staff in the current Center for Leadership and Service and Center for Student Activities and Involvement to identify and assign new roles in the new ELS and Student Transitions departments
Tasked plan initiative leads with developing a more detailed outline of each initiative and collaborative teams to be involved (Digital Engagement, Essential Skills and Experiential Learning, Well-being and Success, etc.)