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Strategy 3 : Wellbeing & Success

Increase student well-being and success across the educational experience

Overview

Well-being is a foundational element of student success, with a direct positive impact on students’ academic achievement, social interactions, and short-term and long-term goal attainment. As affirmed by the American Council on Education, attentiveness to student well-being and mental health “helps shape healthier, happier, more educated, and productive campuses and graduates.”

At UGA, Student Affairs provides campus leadership for a broad range of clinical and non-clinical programs, resources, and services to promote student well-being and success. Student Affairs efforts directly foster the holistic development of students, including the domains of mental health, wellness, and financial literacy. Student Affairs also supports students through key times of transition, ensuring students can overcome challenges and have the fullest opportunity to succeed.

With this plan, Student Affairs aims to create a more active, healthy, and successful student body. In growing the reach and effectiveness of existing programs and communications, creating new initiatives, integrating efforts across Student Affairs, more fully utilizing data, and tailoring approaches for specific populations, Student Affairs will play an even more proactive, critical role in student well-being and success.

Student Affairs Well-being and Success

With this plan, Student Affairs will launch an initiative to:

  • Increase student engagement on well-being and success
  • Increase visibility for well-being topics and resources on campus
  • Integrate well-being resources and messaging for students
  • Increase personalization of support through integrated data and information sharing
  • Create new and enhance existing well-being resources, programs, and services
  • Create a shared well-being vision and framework for Student Affairs and the campus

Student Transitions

With this plan, Student Affairs will launch a new department to:

  • Provide new dedicated support, in coordination with campus partners, for key times of student transition
  • Connecting programs and resources from across Student Affairs to create easier student access
  • Offer additional targeted transition support for identified student populations
  • Create new transition programming, including a Student Affairs program for new students
  • Develop a shared vision and framework for Student Affairs on student transition

Measures of Success for Strategy 3

Some ways that Student Affairs will measure success of this strategy include continued gains in:

  • Students interacting with and availability of well-being and success programs, services, and resources through Student Affairs
  • Students participating in and the availability of University transcript-eligible Experiential Learning opportunities through Student Affairs
  • Students developing a personal well-being plan
  • Student scores on an identified resiliency scale
  • Students interacting with and availability of engagement and success resources for student transitions, with particular consideration for identified student populations
  • Financial support available for students to support well-being and success
View the Wellbeing & Success KPIs

How it Happens

To lead the well-being and success initiative, Student Affairs is creating a new Well-being and Success Network involving Student Affairs and campus colleagues, faculty partners, public health experts, and students. Collaborative teams in the Network will work together to empower and support students to improve their own well-being and success—and that of their groups and peers.

To lead the student transitions initiative, Student Affairs has created a new Department of Student Transitions, housed in the Tate Student Center, to provide dedicated support, in coordination with campus partners, for key times of student transition across a student’s time at UGA.

Click here to see the Student Transitions Org Chart Click here to view the SA Leadership Team org chart