To succeed in an ever-changing, interconnected future, more than ever, students need to develop and learn to apply discipline-crossing essential skills, such as agility, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and leadership. As emphasized in findings from the National Academies of Sciences, the future will require educational opportunities that “increasingly emphasize creativity, adaptability, and interpersonal skills” to offer students the fullest opportunity to pursue their professional and personal ambitions in a dynamic world, throughout a lifetime.
At UGA, Student Affairs provides students with wideranging learning opportunities and coaching beyond the space of the classroom.
With this plan, Student Affairs aims to build on those time-tested strengths. In sharpening and sequencing existing programming and creating new opportunities for student skill development and experiential learning, Student Affairs can ensure even more students find meaningful, practical experiences to build and test critical skills outside the classroom, receive personal guidance and support, and graduate ready to articulate and demonstrate their skills in any setting.
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:
On behalf of the Vice President, Assistant to the Vice President for Learning Strategy Kara Fresk is leading this initiative, working with directors and staff across Student Affairs, the University Experiential Learning office, and many others to ensure that even more students find meaningful, practical experiences to build and test critical skills outside the classroom, receive personal guidance and support, and graduate ready to articulate and demonstrate their skills in any setting.
As the initiative develops, each department in Student Affairs will dedicate a student skill development liaison, who will be trained and work directly with Kara and colleagues. Additionally, dedicated student coaches will be added to the team to work with students across Student Affairs programs. These coaching positions will come either from future refocus of existing roles or vacant positions, and report through Kara, as Assistant to the VP.
This initiative will also include a critical review, update, and sequencing of Student Affairs programming to maximize opportunities for essential skill development and connection to the University’s Experiential Learning initiative.Click here to see the OVPSA Org Chart Click here to view the SA Leadership Team org chart