Meaningful engagement opportunities allow students to connect more deeply to the campus and local communities and more readily see and take advantage of opportunities to create positive change. When students feel a sense of belonging within an environment, they are more likely to invest their time and efforts enhancing and bettering that community. As affirmed by American Association of Colleges and Universities research, connecting and engaging students in high impact out-ofclass experiences is a critical element for their well-being, academic success, retention, progression, graduation, and overall affinity for the institution.
At UGA, Student Affairs provides out-of-class engagement opportunities for students, including student activities and organizations, student and cultural centers, campus programming, leadership and community service opportunities, and student employment, among others. Student Affairs is also a key campus leader in efforts to promote a diverse and inclusive educational environment for students.
With this plan, Student Affairs aims to encourage more students to engage meaningfully. By growing capacity within existing programs, creating new programs, and infusing leadership, service, and unified advising across different student involvements, Student Affairs will offer students even more ways to engage meaningfully and commit to address the grand challenges of our time on a national and global scale.
Student Affairs will unite existing staff to:
With this plan, Student Affairs will launch an initiative to:
Some ways that Student Affairs will measure success of this strategy include continued gains in:
The new Student Affairs department, Engagement, Leadership, and Service (ELS), is leading the engagement, leadership, and service initiative. Housed in the Tate Student Center, ELS is working to increase student engagement, infuse leadership and service across all types of student involvement, and develop a new unified advising approach.
Assistant to the Vice President for Communications and Digital Engagement Stan Jackson is leading the digital engagement initiative, which brings together three related functional areas that span all of Student Affairs: data, information technology, and digital engagement.
As this initiative develops, Student Affairs will launch new collaborative teams in these three areas to bring together information, leverage technologies, and create a cohesive and creative approach to engaging and serving students digitally. Each department in Student Affairs will dedicate a digital engagement liaison, who will be trained and work directly with Stan and colleagues on this initiative.Click here to see the ELS Org Chart Click here to see the OVPSA Org Chart Click here to view the SA Leadership Team org chart