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Student Affairs Annual Report

This year, the Division of Student Affairs completed our Strategic Plan through the year 2014. Our Student Affairs Educators launched a strategic planning process to mobilize the Division around the opportunities of focused identity and priorities development as well as challenges such as sustainability and financial austerity. This process intentionally aligned the SA Strategic Plan with East Carolina University’s Strategic Action Plan and the institutional emphasis on effectiveness, as well as positioned the Division to achieve distinctive contributions to student success. Our strategic planning was, and continues to be, a process of collective leadership and collaboration resulting in an outcomes-focused approach to galvanize the Division’s future work.

02 Mission Vision and Values 03 Divisional Successes 04 Campus Recreation and Wellness 04 Career Center

Table of Contents

06 Campus Living 07 Campus Dining 08 Dean of Students 09 Assessment, Research and Retention 10 Office of Student Transitions and First Year Experiences 11 Student Involvement & Leadership 12 Transit 13 Student Media/Marketing/SA Technology Services 01

Mission Vision Values

Student Affairs provides programs and services that optimize student learning and leadership, builds a safe supportive and welcoming campus community, fosters the emotional growth and personal development of students and makes a positive contribution to the overall student experience.

Student Affairs fosters an environment where all students achieve their academic and personal goals.

Respect - We treat each individual with high regard, appreciation, and courtesy. Integrity - We maintain open and transparent communication within the division, with students, faculty/staff and other constituents. Service - We are dedicated to serving students and the University community as we contribute to the mission, goals, and values of the University. Excellence - We strive to provide high quality, value-added service and educational programs. Inclusion - We value the uniqueness of people, cultures and perspectives. We encourage diversity by promoting respect and civility, providing accessible programming and services and cultivating a community that is inclusive. Student Centered - Students are central to our mission and through collaborative partnerships and comprehensive programs and services, we cultivate opportunities that promote lifelong learning, academic success, leadership and personal development.


Our 29 departments and more than 280 Student Affairs Educators have experienced some wonderful accomplishments where partnerships, collaboration and teamwork produced highquality, student-focused events, programs and services that are significant factors to our ECU students’ success. • Completed Strategic Plan - Our new plan articulated our identity, vision, priorities, mission and goals as well as expected outcomes and measureable results. This plan aligns institutionally and provides a culture of evidence and improvement through 2014.

Divisional Successes

• Professional Development – Our second year continued to show growth and success. Our audience has grown from just a divisional resource to serving our campus partners, faculty, staff and students. Speakers and presenters covered topics such as leadership, health & wellness and enhancing your communication. The number of programs and participants has doubled compared to last year. • New Student Welcome and Convocation and Plunge into Purple – More than 2,000 students attended the New Student Welcome and Convocation at Minges Coliseum. Convocation, which is followed by Pirate Palooza at the football stadium, kicked off six weeks of program intended at engaging first-year students called Plunge into Purple. • Chancellor’s Student Leadership Academy (pictured above - Chancellor Steve Ballard talking with students during the opening reception) – ECU started the Chancellor’s Leadership Academy in 2008 to help our university professionals, faculty and staff understand the concepts of leadership and grow to become stronger leaders. This year, the Division of Student Affairs adapted the university model, but tailored it toward students, so they can work on becoming better leaders as they prepare to enter the work force. 03

Campus Recreation & Wellness


• Grand Opening for Phase II of the North Recreational Complex in the fall with the 1st Annual Beach Festival. New facilities and services include a boat house, canoe/kayak rentals, Sand Volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, exercise/fitness equipment, 18 hole Disc Golf Course, Odyssey Team Training course, and walking trails. • Campus Wellness received a $5,000 NC Dept. of Health and Human Services grant to address problem gambling among college students with a continuation of funding for 2012-13.

The Career Center worked very hard in the last year to build relationships with employers, businesses and industry partners. The relationships opened new doors to our students and graduates. This intentionality produced increases in all of the categories below:

Career Center

• Total number of individual student appointments at the Career Center . . . . . . . 2,865 • Total number of students served during the last year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16,129 • Conducted 824 student mock interviews through HIRED program • 274 Employers participated in fall and spring Career Fairs (major increase from years past)


Campus Living • The restoration of Tyler Residence Hall was completed. This restoration project is part of the growth and development of ECU’s College Hill living community. • Increased funding to the Residence Hall Association, Hall Governments and RA Staff resulted in more signature events in Campus Living. King and Queen of the Halls, Sibling Weekend, Tower Wars, and Culture Fest were among the 1,000 sponsored programs. • Campus Living awarded Residential Scholar awards for the first time ever. 19 students received the $2,000 scholarships as well as participated in special Sunday dinners, which focused on discussions about leadership, community involvements and personal development.


Campus Dining • To Go Program - Reusable containers eliminated Styrofoam food containers and disposable cups. This program saved over 290,000 food containers and cups from being dumped into local landfills, helped minimize trash removal expenses and minimized litter throughout the campus while maintaining high marks for student participation and service in the program. • The Dining Hall as a Study Hall Program increased student participation numbers from 2010-11 by 213% while providing valuable quiet study space and late night refreshments for 6,051 student users in the two weeks prior to Fall and Spring final exams.


Dean of Students • The Dean of Students, Disability Support Services, Transit, and Marketing and Communication created a training video (pictured at left) to educate student drivers on the proper way of transporting students with physical disabilities. • ECU Cares was established and launched, which provides a secure phone line and website for campus community members to report concerning behavior. • DOS promoted safety and alcohol education to 3,800 entering freshmen through a series of online modules. • The Student Counseling Center established a satellite office on the Health Sciences campus.


Assessment, Research and Retention This office led the charge toward a strong culture of evidence and provided leadership to increase the institution’s knowledge about students, the educational environment, and institutional effectiveness to continuously improve student programs and services. • Leadership and Planning – Established an integrated leadership and planning processes and operationalized three white papers. • Assessment Professional Development - Provided support of high quality, value– added service and educational programs at major divisional events. • Two Formative Research Projects of Note - Utilizing existing institutional data and national benchmarking processes produced the African American Male Success Inquiry Report; and the LGBT Cafe Conversation Report. 09

Office of Student Transitions and First Year Experiences

• 4,032 students attended first year student orientation (along with 4,218 family members). The students and families now have the option to stay on campus during orientation. More than 95% of those in attendance find the ECU orientation experience to be either excellent or very good. • COAD 1000 is our first year seminar, one-credit course taught by Student Affairs Educators. Nearly 1,700 students enrolled in 85 sections (this makes up 43.8% of the entering class) • Transfer Student Services - ECU Extends is a program with East Carolina University and several community colleges in the region to help bridge the gap. More than 300 students from Pitt, Lenoir, Wake and Craven Community Colleges participated this year. • Parent Services launched a new Spring Fling weekend for families and parents. A silent auction and dance raised more than $3,500. Communication is always vital with parents and this year, 944 new parents joined the ECU Parents Facebook page. • Awarded 10 student scholarships for $1,000 each (partner with the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement)


Greek Life • 448 women went through fall recruitment – highest ever at ECU • Interfraternity Council (IFC) passed its accreditation, which starts in fall 2012.

Student Involvement & Leadership

Student Activities and Organizations • 47 new student organizations were recognized this year pushing the total number of student organizations over 320 at ECU.

Student Leadership and Engagement • Collaborated with the Career Center to host the first career conference, providing professional development opportunities to all students on campus.

Student Government Association • SGA had highest student participation in an election in more than six years (2,565)

Volunteer and Service Learning • The Campus Kitchen at ECU- 393 students volunteered 973.5 hours and served 1,310 of meals to their three community partner agencies.


Transit • Transit provided 2,234,915 passenger trips on fixed routes from July 1, 2011 to May 3, 2012. • Transit continued as one of the top student employers on campus with nearly 150 students.


Student Media

• The East Carolinian placed 2nd in Best College Newspaper by SEJC • Campus 31 TV placed 2nd for Best College TV Station by SEJC

• Produced 86 videos in the past year. (

Marketing SA Technolgy Services

• Website redesigns or sites with significant updates for: • Student Affairs Home Page • Dean of Students Office • Campus Living

• Set up a wireless process for the Police Department which automatically offloads recorded video from in-car cameras so it’s ready when the officer returns to PD


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2011-12 ECU SA Annual Report  
2011-12 ECU SA Annual Report  

This year, the Division of Student Affairs completed our Strategic Plan through the year 2014. Our Student Affairs Educators launched a stra...