Student Affairs Highlights 2011-2012
This annual publication highlights some of the newest programs supporting the advancement of the UA Division of Student Affair's focus areas and strategic priorities and celebrates accomplishments within Student Affairs.
2011-2012 HIGHLIGHTS THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS TABLE OF CONTENTS A Message from the Vice President.........................................................................2 By the Department..............................................................................................3-4 Fostering Global Citizenship and Cultural Understanding..................................5-6 Developing Ethical Leaders................................................................................7-8 Promoting Civic Engagement............................................................................9-10 Creating a Culture of Evidence........................................................................11-12 Student Retention and Engagement...............................................................13-14 Enriching Services and Facilities....................................................................15-16 By the Numbers....................................................................................................17 Voices of the Division...........................................................................................18 A FOCUS ON OUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES MISSIONSTATEMENT The Division of Student Affairs maximizes each UA studentâ€™s learning experience. STUDENT AFFAIRS VISION STATEMENT: To be regarded as a premier division of student affairs; known for our commitment to learning; recognized as collaborative, assessment driven, student-centered educators; responsible for shaping the next generation of engaged citizens. Student Affairs Executive Team: (Top row L-R): Sara Hartley, Steven Hood, George Brown, Paige Lancaster, Holly Hallmann (Bottom row L-R): Tim Hebson, Kathleen Cramer, Mark Nelson, Molly Lawrence, Carl Bacon, Not pictured: Lee Keyes A MESSAGE FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT Last year, the Division of Student Affairs introduced four strategic priorities to guide our work in serving students. Each department was challenged to build programs and curricula focused on global citizenship and cultural understanding, ethical leadership and civic engagement. In addition, professionals in the Division were encouraged to develop a culture of evidence, where decisions are based on assessment data and planning revolves around measurable student learning outcomes. In this publication, you will find an update on our progress related to the four strategic priorities. The data clearly reinforce our Divisionâ€™s commitment to creating a learning environment outside the classroom, where students thrive academically and socially. At the heart of our mission to create this environment is a focus on retention. Students involved in various programs throughout the Division of Student Affairs stay in school and persist toward graduation at higher rates than those who are not involved. And, those students who take advantage of the programs and services offered in Student Affairs acknowledge the benefit to their successful transition to college life. We continue to strive toward a holistic learning environment where students seamlessly transfer knowledge from inside the classroom to real life situations outside of class. This vision is possible because of our faculty, staff, alumni and donors who make the UA student experience a top priority. Working together, the possibilities are endless! I am excited and honored to share our progress with you! Thank you for your support as we continue to maximize student learning! Mark D. Nelson, Ph.D. Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost 2 BY THE DEPARTMENT HOUSING AND RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES According to the 2011-2012 ACUHO-I/ EBI Resident Assessment, students who live on campus have shown a greater tendency to be accepting of others who are different from themselves (gender, race, sexual orientation, religious and political views). Residents have also indicated a stronger sense of identification with their community. 7.0 20112012 20102011 5.73 5.63 CAREER CENTER UNIVERSITY RECREATION FERGUSON CENTER Record numbers of employers and students took part in career fairs this year, with 410 employers recruiting and 3,803 students participating. More than 80% of UA students take part in University Recreation programs and services or access facilities. Overall participation has increased since last year. UA students asked to provide feedback about the Ferguson Center indicated that it is a student-oriented facility that serves as a safe, central meeting place on campus where students can get involved. 100% 94% 84% 87% 80.8% Engineering C&BA Operations Management Management Information Systems Accounting HRC scored a 5.73/7.0 on the EBI survey related to residents’ respect of people of a different race or ethnicity. Placement rates six months after graduation (employment, graduate school or military) according to the 2011 University of Alabama First Destination Surveys. Web Development & Processes Up 11% Up 15% Up 7.8% Intramural sports participation Sport club Group exercise formations class attendance Blackburn The Blackburn Institute hosted Dr. Benjamin Carson, author and pediatric neurosurgeon, Institute 3 Student Government SGA’s Financial Affairs Committee allocated Association more than $170,000 to student organizations, and more than $45,000 was provided to students interest free through the Emergency Loan Program. Assessment More than 26,000 UA students received at least one & Planning invitation to provide feedback about programs and services offered by the Division of Student Affairs. 84% student-oriented facility 77% central meeting place for students 77% a source for learning about events 62% a place to get involved in campus life 61% (UA data from the 2011-2012 ACUI /EBI College Union Assessment) Community Service Center at the annual Winter Symposium, with more than 200 attendees, and co-hosted Soledad O’Brien, CNN journalist and documentarian, in Nov. 2011, with more than 800 attendees. The Office of Web Development & Processes developed three mobile websites to help members of the UA community stay connected on the go. safe place on campus The Community Service Center offered new programs this year including the Nonprofit Protégé program, the BCS National Championship Service Project and weekly service opportunities. Service Award President’s Service Honor Roll for the 4th year in a row Advancement More than $600,000 in gifts was donated to the Division of Student Affairs during 2011-2012. The University of Alabama has been ranked in the top 15% of all colleges as a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine. Veteran and Military Affairs DOS matched more than 80 undergraduate students with juniors and seniors in the honors college for the Believe UA mentoring program. Dean of Students FYE was established this year and staff created three new programs for first-year students including Ignite UA, A-Book Editorial Board and Out-to-Lunch. First Year Experience (FYE) Parent Programs Communication Student Affairs publications including Capstone magazine, Student Affairs Highlights, Faculty/Staff 911 Guide and the Student Affairs Holiday Card reached more than 28,000 people in 2011-2012. Graduate Student Services Graduate Student Services hosted the first-ever Dissertation Boot Camp writing retreat, where more than 400 pages were written and 100% of participants met or contributed to their goal. Women’s Resource Center Judicial Affairs Judicial Affairs gave 47.8% more “Know the Code” presentations to groups and classes compared to last year, with the goal of increasing students’ understanding of the Code of Student Conduct. Counseling Center The UA Counseling Center is 1 of 2 college campuses in the state and 1 of 15 college campuses in the southeast region that is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). Student Involvement & Leadership Student Involvement & Leadership created The ‘49,’ The WRC advises multiple a student organization leadership organizations that provides peer-to-peer including UA Women Leaders in Action, Young Women Leaders relationships that help with social development and Program and Young Men’s retention of students from Leadership Program. outside the state of Alabama. » UA’s Parent Orientation has one of the highest percentages of parents attending in the country. » UA Parent Programs has been referenced as a model program by NASPA and NODA. » NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education » NODA -National Orientation Directors Association & National Recognition Greek Affairs With 7,221 sorority and fraternity members in fall 2011, The University of Alabama currently ranks 1st as the largest Greek Community in the U.S. based on overall Greek membership. For the 2nd year in a row, UA hosted the largest Panhellenic sorority recruitment in the nation with 1,710 women participating in fall 2011. 1st Place Award Outstanding Alcohol/Drug Prevention Program Awarded by the AFA (Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors) and the CoHEASAO (The Coalition of Higher Education Associations for Substance Abuse Prevention) Student Media The Columbia Scholastic Press awarded The Crimson White a Gold Crown for its print publication and a Silver Crown for its digital publication. 1st Place Award The Crimson White was named the Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper Awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists in the Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 3 (Southeast U.S.). 4 FOSTERING GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP & CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING Citizens of the world are becoming increasingly interdependent and cross-cultural. To prepare students to be successful in this environment, the Division of Student Affairs provides educational programs to promote understanding of individuals or groups in both a local and global context while also reminding them of their relative responsibilities within various communities. Outcomes: » Students will expand their personal frame of reference to include different perspectives, values and cultures » Students will understand their role and responsibility in a global society » Students will enhance their ability to interact effectively with individuals from different cultures 5 Soledad O’Brien, award-winning CNN journalist and documentarian, speaks to UA students about recognizing cultural diversity. » Students will contribute to an environment in which mutual respect and tolerance are nurtured UA Away: Study, Serve or Work Away The UA Away scholarship initiative provides unique learning opportunities for students in new cultures including studying in different environments, serving others and benefiting from on-the-job training. Highlights » Resident Advisors implemented 170 programs and activities that focused on recognition, acceptance and appreciation for differences in people. » 34 students were awarded UA Away scholarships to study, serve or work away both domestically and internationally. » The National Student Exchange program, housed within the Dean of Students Office, welcomed 8 students from across the country to UA and prepared 3 students to attend other universities as exchange students. UA students connect with children in a remote village in Guatemala during the 2012 Spring Break Alternative Break trip. » 87% of Freshman Forum members and 95% of Al’s Pals mentors indicated they agree with the following statement: “Participating in this program has helped me learn about people with different backgrounds and perspectives than my own.” Funding for the UA Away initiative reached more than » 64% of students who responded to the Community Service Center survey indicated they agree with the following statement: “Participating with volunteer/service work with UA has increased my understanding of the issues and challenges impacting the community at a local, state, national and global level.” $100,000 Nearly 100 students, faculty and staff participated in six in-state, domestic and international service trips 4% of the student population is made up of international students who represent 77 countries » More than 100 students participated in the Community Service Center’s Hunger Banquet, an event where guests randomly draw tickets that assign them to different income levels, based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty in the world. » 75% of respondents of the Counseling Center’s outreach survey indicated they learned about understanding other cultures and groups. » 44 students lived in Housing and Residential Communities’ culturally focused LivingLearning Communities including the Spanish, French and German houses as well as Rotary International. » UA students who completed the Campus Recreation Impact Study indicated increased multicultural awareness through participation in University Recreation programs. 6 Coaching Character The Student Judicial Board planned the Coaching Character event held at Coleman Coliseum with guest speakers Coach Nick Saban and former Crimson Tide football player John Croyle who “coached” students on character development. The Student Judicial Board’s purpose is to educate students about positive behavior centered around the Capstone Creed and the Code of Student Conduct. » 85% of students responding to the Student Media survey indicated that as a result of their experience working with the staff and students in the office, their leadership skills have improved. » Judicial Affairs staff presented to approximately 2,500 students in 62 compass/seminar courses to increase students, instructors and faculty members’ understanding of the Code of Student Conduct and the Capstone Creed. » 71.6% of Freshman Forum participants agreed that Freshman Forum helped them develop a personal code of ethics. Highlights 7 » The Blackburn Institute hosted 19 leadership development events ranging from exposure to state issues, selfawareness and issues of diversity. » Staff members in the Office of First Year Experience revamped the Peer Leaders program, selected 30 students as Peer Leaders, and developed training curriculum focused on how upperclassman can support the academic and social transition of their first-year student peers. » The Women’s Resource Center’s UA Women Leaders in Action program brings collegiate women together to develop their leadership skills, expose them to critical issues and inspire them to make a difference on campus, in the local community, in the state and nationally. Victor Luckerson served as The Crimson White editor from 2010-2012. During his two-year tenure as editor, he gained invaluable experience including the unexpected opportunity to lead the staff after the April 27 tornadoes. Luckerson is currently serving as a reporter/producer for Time Magazine in New York, N.Y. DEVELOPING ETHICAL LEADERS The newly elected 2012-2013 Blackburn Institute is made up of 25 students with 16% minority representation and 29% from rural counties. The Blackburn Institute is a leadership development program that provides opportunities to explore issues and identify strategic actions that will improve the quality of life for the state of Alabama and the nation. In today’s world, ethics and values are crucial to the success of effective leadership. The character and integrity of students direct their decisions. The Division of Student Affairs should work toward developing student leaders who devote time and energy to building their individual character while leading with integrity. Outcomes: » Students will develop an understanding of their personal values » Students will think critically when making ethical decisions » Students will create a personal leadership philosophy » Students will align their beliefs with their actions Leaders from more than student organizations received Forsight training to learn how to manage budgets and understand the ethical use of state funds 100 12 UA students were selected to attend The LeaderShape Institute’s® national session in Atlanta 8 PROMOTING CIVIC ENGAGEMENT 582,182 total service hours were performed by UA students in 2011-2012 5,500 More than students, faculty and staff participated in Community Service Center events 800 More than students participated in Hands on Tuscaloosa events 9 New students participate in Ripple Effect: Freshman Volunteer Day during the first week of school. As students positively contribute to the community, they become closer to enhancing the world around them. Civic engagement allows students to improve the quality of life in the community. Student Affairs will develop civically responsible students who recognize social problems as partially their own and take action when appropriate. Outcomes: » Students will contribute to his or her community as an engaged citizen » Students will graduate with a heightened awareness of civic responsibility » Students will learn what it means to be responsible citizens » Students will reflect upon experiences to create meaning Ignite UA participants explore leadership development and community building to discover their passions and identify ways to contribute to society. Highlights » Students will develop personal and social responsibility » 80.9% of Ignite UA participants indicated that participation in Catalyst™, a LeaderShape® program incorporated into Ignite UA, enabled them to identify ways they can connect and contribute to an organization they care about. » A total of 18,919 students, including 58 Greek organizations and 183 student organizations, are utilizing the Service Learning Pro system to track service hours. » 82% of students responding to the 2011-2012 Community Service Center survey indicated they are motivated to be involved in their community to make a difference. » The Student2Student meal donation program provided 290 meals to students in need. » Graduate Student Services’ Sitters for Service program hosted 14 weeks of baby sitting and offered 1,200 free baby-sitting hours to students with children. »The Al’s Pals Mentoring program engaged more than 450 UA students in weekly one-on-one mentoring with local elementary and middle school students providing nearly 25,000 hours of service during the year. » During Greek Week 2012, members of sororities and fraternities raised $95,000 for nonprofit organizations in Tuscaloosa and logged 4,000 community service hours with the Tuscaloosa Area Volunteer Reception Center (TAVRC). » 90 students in the Blackburn Institute traveled to urban and rural areas of Alabama to explore issues and identify strategic actions to improve the quality of life for Alabama citizens. » More than 400 students participated in the annual Sleep Out on the Quad events that included blanket making, a homelessness awareness panel and a documentary screening. Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. -Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, 2000 10 Highlights Assessment & Planning Student Services Women’s Resource Center Student Media Blackburn Institute First Year Experience Career Center Dean of Students Community Service Center Involvement & Leadership Counseling Center Ferguson Center » Student Affairs Assessment & Planning assisted the Division with more than 100 projects including curriculum development, consultations, assessment development, planning activities, data collection, data requests, retention studies and program reviews. » The Division of Student Affairs participated in 4 national benchmarking surveys during 2011-2012. » 18,815 students were asked to provide feedback on national assessment instruments given by the Division of Student Affairs. Greek Life Housing University Recreation Veteran SGA Web Development Parent Programs » 22 departments/units in the Division of Student Affairs created an assessment plan. Judicial The “Student Affairs friendly” iPhone image was used to promote the Student Affairs social media sites. Participation & Views » During it’s first year in existence, the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs used data to identify more than 1,020 UA students who are veterans, service members or dependents. » Staff members in Student Affairs Communication developed a social media plan for the Division. The Bama Student Life plan included research and benchmark data on social media use among college students. » Students made 574,869 visits to the Student Recreation Center with a record high of 90,593 visits in Feb. 2012. » 4,132 students used services and resources in the SOURCE space in the Ferguson Center from Sept. 2011 to April 2012. » 3,636 accounts were created on Tix.com, the student event ticket system managed by the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership. » 2,098 students attended the fall 2011 NPHC Step Show. » 423 graduate students participated in Graduate Student Orientation. 11 » The Parent Programs website parents.ua.edu had more than 160,000 views. Students stay healthy and active at the Student Recreation Center. CREATING A CULTURE OF EVIDENCE UA students meet at the SOURCE on the third floor of the Ferguson Center to study and socialize. Students can use the space and resources for student organization planning, presentations, group meetings and more. The SOURCE also offers laptop and iPad rental options for students. The development of a comprehensive program of assessment is a necessary prerequisite to creating a culture of evidence. Creating a Division-wide strategic plan drives our work and gives us the responsibility to be accountable for meeting our goals. As Student Affairs programs are continually revised, student learning is maximized and students’ connection to the University is enhanced. Outcomes: » Students will persist through their education at The University of Alabama » Students will participate in multiple programs across the Division of Student Affairs » Students will become engaged members of the Division during and after their graduation 12 STUDENT RETENTION & ENGAGEMENT Highlights Student Affairs strives to develop, support and assess programs and services that improve student retention and increase student engagement. » The Career Center staff hosted 460 programs with 17,225 students in attendance. » 499 student organizations had profiles in the University’s student organization database. » 923 graduate students participated in the Fridays at Five social events during the year. » The fall to spring retention rate of 2011-2012 Freshman Forum members was 98.3%, and 85% of Freshman Forum members graduated from the program, up from 50% the previous year. » Visits to the Student Recreation Center increased 19.6% from the previous year. 13 Students interact with potential employers at a Career Fair. Housing and Residential Communities’ diverse group of Resident Advisors (RAs) came together to compete in RA Olympics. » More than 550 students applied to be Resident Advisors. 2011-2012 Freshman Forum members Sean Johnson-Sippial and Sarah Saint have continued their involvement in various leadership roles within the Division. » The Ferguson Center offered more than 25 events and programs for students in 2011-2012. » Participation in the fall 2011 Get on Board Day was higher than ever with about 300 groups represented. » 7,369 students lived in Housing and Residential Communities facilities beginning in fall 2011. The fall to spring retention rate of on-campus residents was 95.3%. » 21,873 parents and family members are currently registered for PENPALS (Parent Email Notification system), increasing from 15,591 parents the previous year. » Staff in the Counseling Center made 9,327 outreach contacts, providing 209 programs to the UA community. » Student Affairs Communication held the first Student Affairs Expo to connect students with the Division. More than 300 students visited 10 or more department tables to learn about available services and resources. 14 David Blair, director of Veteran and Military Affairs, meets with students to share resources and support. ENRICHING SERVICES & FACILITIES Highlights The Division of Student Affairs is continuously improving facilities and services to meet the changing needs of the UA student population. » Career Center staff had 5,290 appointments (35% increase from last year), with 28% being first or second year students, and assisted 3,520 individual clients. » The Ferguson Center had more than 5 million visitors during 2011-2012, with an average of 40,800 visitors to the Bama Dining food court each month. » The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs created a Freshman Learning Community for returning veterans and on-campus housing for veterans and dependents. » The Women’s Resource Center offered 160 trainings and presentations, reaching more than 12,500 members of the UA community. 15 » The Counseling Center provided 5,707 sessions to UA students during the 2011-2012 academic year. » 93.9% of parents responding to the 2011 Move-In survey indicated that their move-in experience met or exceeded expectations. » Graduate Student Services awarded $30,000 in research and travel grants to 104 graduate students. » The Dean of Students Office provided support and services concerning student care and wellbeing to 573 students. » 550 students received individual communication from Student Involvement & Leadership through the Interest Inventory process. The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs was established this year with the goal of providing resources and support to veterans, service members, dependents and survivors at The University of Alabama. Housing and Residential Communities staff and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Mark Nelson view the recently completed Presidential I residence hall, the first phase of the Presidential Village community. Students enjoy lunch at Fresh Food Co. in the Ferguson Center Student Union. Housing and Residential Communities completed construction of Presidential I residence hall, which houses students 971 Renovations and expansion of the Ferguson Center began with plans to add approximately 90,000 additional square feet Veteran and Military Affairs completed construction on the new Center for Veteran and Military Affairs 16 BY THE NUMBERS IN FALL 2011, 7,221 STUDENTS WERE MEMBERS OF THE GREEK COMMUNITY. 68.49% OF ALL VISITORS TO THE STUDENT AFFAIRS 1605 GIFTS WERE MADE TO STUDENT AFFAIRS IN 20112012 TOTALING $603,267.89. 14 STAFF MEMBERS WERE TRAINED TO SERVE AS ON-CALL 65 SCHOLARSHIPS TOTALING $100,696 WERE AWARDED THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION PASSED 160 PIECES OF NEW LEGISLATION. TO STUDENTS BY THE DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS IN 2011-2012. THE DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFERED 55 GRADUATE ASSISTANT POSITIONS IN 2011-2012. 41 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES WERE OFFERED TO STUDENT AFFAIRS STAFF DURING 2011-2012. 1,250 STUDENT EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS WERE OFFERED 17 WEBSITE SA.UA.EDU WERE NEW VISITORS. DEANS BY THE DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE. 1,515 NEW EMPLOYERS CREATED PROFILES ON CRIMSON CAREERS OFFERING MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE STUDENT JOB SEARCH. MORE THAN 400 VOLUNTEERS COMPLETED MORE THAN 1,600 HOURS OF SERVICE FOR THE WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER. IN THE DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS DURING 2011-2012. MORE THAN 700 STUDENTS APPLIED FOR FRESHMAN FORUM. MORE THAN 300 SUPPORTERS ATTENDED THE 2ND ANNUAL STUDENT AFFAIRS HALL OF FAME. 125 STUDENTS APPLIED FOR THE 25 POSITIONS IN THE MORE THAN 40 EVENTS WERE OFFERED TO STUDENTS DURING WEEK OF WELCOME 2011. UA COLLECTED 237,079 LBS OF FOOD AND DONATED IT TO THE WEST ALABAMA FOOD BANK FOR BEAT AUBURN BEAT HUNGER. PARENT ORIENTATION ATTENDANCE INCREASED IN 2011 WELCOMING 5,937 PARENT AND FAMILY MEMBERS TO SUMMER ORIENTATION SESSIONS. 114 STUDENTS WERE INDUCTED INTO THE TAU SIGMA TELEMARKETING FOR THE PARENTS ANNUAL FUND RESULTED IN MORE THAN $69,000 IN PLEDGES, UP FROM $26,000 THE PREVIOUS YEAR. BLACKBURN INSTITUTE. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS. STUDENT MEDIA RECEIVED 30 AWARDS FOR THEIR PRINT AND ONLINE PUBLICATIONS IN 2011-2012. MORE THAN 200 GUESTS ATTENDED THE FIRST CAMPUS VETERANS ASSOCIATION BANQUET. VOICES OF THE DIVISION “The Division of Student Affairs has influenced my UA experience by giving me opportunities to network with faculty and staff. It has also allowed me to develop interpersonal skills and, of course, make great memories.” – Davis Orr, Junior from Vestavia Hills, AL “My experience working in the Division has not only been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in college, it has shown me the important role Student Affairs has on any campus. Student Affairs is the mechanism that runs the out-of-class experience. From community service to Greek life to SGA, these opportunities allow students to develop life skills that prove invaluable. – Ethan Henley, Senior from Wing, AL “The practical skills I’m learning through my graduate assistantship in Student Affairs are priceless. I have been able to experience first-hand how higher education administration operates and how student learning occurs. I know I will be well prepared for my career when I graduate thanks to the Division of Student Affairs at UA.” – Kaitlin Hartley, HEA Graduate Student from Versailles, KY “Working in Student Affairs is rewarding in that you see students learning in so many different atmospheres and through different interactions. It is our job to maximize the learning opportunities for our students so that they graduate with skills and knowledge that make them competitive in a global society.” – Dr. Lowell Davis, Assistant Dean of Students “As a parent, especially the parent of a freshman, it is easy to feel disconnected. The Division of Student Affairs connects you with campus and makes you, too, feel like you are a part of The University of Alabama.” – Andy Norwood, UA Parent from Nashville, TN THANK YOU A special thank you to our donors, faculty, staff and students who make the many programs and services in Student Affairs possible. Continue supporting the Division of Student Affairs by making an online donation at giving.sa.ua.edu. 18 facebook.com/ bamastudentlife twitter.com/ bamastudentlife Visit us online at sa.ua.edu The University of Alabama is an equal opportunity educational institution/employer.