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Student Affairs at Florida State University



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The Division of Student Affairs provides programs and services to maximize learning and to enhance the quality of student life. Our philosophy focuses on students’ educational, intellectual, leadership, physical, spiritual, and personal development. This report provides information about the breadth of educational programming efforts and intentional services available to our students. Beyond direct student services, each of the departments demonstrates strong linkages with academic units that support student success and achievement. We appreciate your interest and support.

Mary B. Coburn Vice President for Student Affairs Eric A. Weldy Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Allison H. Crume Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

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OVERALL DIVISION STRATEGIC PLAN MISSION The Division of Student Affairs collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to create welcoming, supportive and challenging environments that maximize opportunities for student learning and success. Through high quality programs and services, the Division staff facilitates student development, celebrates differences, and promotes civic and global responsibility.

VISION We envision a Florida State University where students, faculty and staff embrace an inclusive learning community with respect, responsibility and acceptance for all cultures. Graduates will make meaningful contributions to a global society through character, competence and integrity. They will make ethical decisions and be committed to a life of service and leadership.

VALUES We value a University community where the tenets of the Seminole Creed are essential to the development of strength (Vires), skill (Artes) and character (Mores). We are committed to providing a caring environment which promotes sustained achievement, and fosters learning and the holistic development of students, faculty and staff.

STRATEGIC GOALS • Build Community: Facilitate a student-centered campus through fostering greater interaction, integration, understanding and appreciation of all cultures in our community and beyond. • Educate Leaders to Make a Difference: Prepare ethical leaders for a global society. • Integrate Learning: Educate students and collaborate with Academic Affairs to provide a comprehensive culture of learning. • Ensure Operational Excellence: Maximize resources to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments.

OVERALL STRATEGIC PRIORITIES 1. Develop strategies to increase student engagement and learning opportunities across campus. 2. Enhance and support student leadership learning initiatives. 3. Expand internship and experiential opportunities. 4. Expand internationalization efforts in partnership with Academic Affairs. 5. Increase mental health and wellness resources. 6. Implement Division of Student Affairs student leader learning outcomes assessment. 7. Encourage the study of the college student experience and program effectiveness to promote student success.

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DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS HIGHLIGHTS • Welcomed 5,000 students, faculty, and staff to the academic community through fall Convocation. • Constructed state-of-the-art facilities in past 8 years including Ragans Residence Hall (2003), DeGraff Residence Hall (2007), Rec SportsPlex (2007), Wildwood Residence Hall I (2007), Dunlap Student Success Center (2008), The Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement (2009), Wildwood Residence Hall II (currently under construction), Health & Wellness Center (currently under construction).

• Initiated Garnet & Gold Scholar Society in collaboration with Undergraduate Studies and other campus partners resulting in 38 graduates the first year. The five engagement areas include: Leadership,

Internship, Service, International, and Research. Launched Uphold the Garnet & Gold initiative focused on educating the University community on the values of civility and ethical conduct. Launched Spiritual Life Project initiative focused on encouraging students’ search for meaning, purpose and authenticity. Students will nominate faculty to participate in Transformation Through Teaching event in fall 2011. Received Most Engaged Campus Award through Florida Campus Compact and Community Engagement Institution classification by the Carnegie Foundation. Hosted 1,931 students through Jimbo’s TRUE Seminole Tailgates, alternative programming to reduce high-risk behaviors during home football games.

• Recognized for hosting international conference, Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values, for the last 22 years bringing together scholars, practitioners, and students to learn about the latest research and trends on character development. • Promoted student health through Healthy Campus 2020 to enhance academic performance and decrease high-risk behaviors. • DSA staff taught in the departments of Art (2), Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (11), Educational Psychology and Learning Systems (4). DSA staff also taught interdisciplinary International Affairs courses. • Employed 46 Graduate Student Assistants, primarily from the Higher Education program in the College of Education and 895 undergraduate students working throughout the Division.

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Student Affairs


CAMPUS RECREATION Campus Recreation offers a wide range of recreational sports and activities through its intramural, extramural, aquatic, fitness, outdoor pursuits, and challenge ropes programs. Through high quality recreational programs, services and facilities, students can maximize opportunities for lifelong learning, personal development, and leadership through varied recreational endeavors and extensive employment opportunities. • Welcomed 29,613 different students or 73% of the student body through the Leach Student Recreation Center recording a total of 846,537 student participations at Leach for 2010. • Over 700 student employees in Campus Recreation are highly trained in First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Oxygen Administration, Wilderness First Responder, Adventure Leadership, Lifeguarding, Water Safety, Sports Officiating, Personal Training and Group Exercise. All received training or re-training during the year in their specialties by nationally recognized certification agencies. • Intramural Sports tabulated 239,424 participations in Intramural programs and special events at the Rec SportsPlex and Main Campus Fields during the year. The total participations for Sport Club activities totaled 55,869. In addition, six sports clubs achieved top national rankings in 2010. • Partnered with Athletics and the Sport Management department to make improvements to Tully Gym. Hosted many student-requested special events and philanthropic events including the annual Science Fair, the School of Nursing Graduation/Pinning Ceremonies, Lifetime Activity Classes, summer sport camps and sport tournaments.

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The Career Center’s centralized mission for career programs serves all academic programs, colleges and students ranging from freshmen to seniors, graduate students and alumni. The department offers comprehensive career programs including: career advising, counseling, programming, internships and post-graduate services for graduate school/employment. • Provided career advising, counseling, assessment and other services in over 60,000 FSU students, alumni, staff and community visits. • Increased users to over 4,500 for university-wide ePortfolio system, which is included as a secure login on the FSU Blackboard site. • Registered 1,613 students and placed 291 into co-ops, internships and externships. • Enrolled 395 students in one of 12 Career Planning courses. • Acquired funding through the Provost and initiated a pilot program within the College of Social Work to support a university-wide internship system using the Career Center’s SeminoleLink software program based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) NACELink/Symplicity system for multi-school environment.

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The Center for

ACADEMIC RETENTION & ENHANCEMENT The Center for Academic Retention & Enhancement (CARE) is an academic support unit assisting in the outreach and support of undergraduate students who may be first-generation college students and/or disadvantaged due to economic, educational or cultural circumstances. CARE programs and services are designed to improve retention and graduation rates of undergraduate students. The program has a dual reporting structure to the Division of Student Affairs and Undergraduate Studies. • Provided advising and resources to more than 1,400 undergraduates and 175 pre-collegiate students, including 346 first-generation and low-income college students, who participated in the Summer Bridge program. • Served 75 students through Upward Bound and 111 students through the College Reach Out Program (CROP) providing pre-collegiate services. • Graduated 81 CARE seniors during the 2010-2011 academic year.

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The Center for

GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT The Center for Global Engagement (CGE) facilitates international diversity and fosters global understanding and awareness within the Florida State community. The CGE vision is to be actively engaged in creating a globally competent campus. The department enhances FSU’s internationalization initiatives through Intercultural Programs, Global Pathways Certificate, Cross-cultural Exchanges, Immigration Services, and collaborative efforts with academic and administrative departments. • Coordinated internationalization efforts with Academic Affairs enrolling 353 students in the Global Pathways Certificate with 19 students earning the certificate in 2010. • Collaborated with the Office of the Provost on policies and procedures governing International Exchanges, specifically international travel and risk management/safety. • Engaged 69 students through the Beyond Borders Cultural Exchange and the International Student Exchange programs. • Established a database to track students going abroad in university-related programs. The database is hosted in a Blackboard site available to appropriate university administrators. Worked with various academic departments across campus to assist with establishing international exchanges with partner universities abroad. FSU currently has 28 bilateral exchange agreements and 36 cooperative agreements with international institutions. • Increased the number of opportunities for students from partner institutions to participate in the Special Academic Programs courses in collaboration with the College of Communication and Information Sciences, the Dedman School of Hospitality, and the English and Social Sciences Departments. As a result, participation increased by 20 percent.

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The Center for

LEADERSHIP & CIVIC EDUCATION The Center for Leadership and Civic Education (The Center) enhances the education of students for responsible citizenship and effective leadership. The Center envisions students and alumni who are aware of and engaged in the world around them - who use their talents and means to create a more just and humane society. Programs and initiatives are designed to develop students who are wellknown and respected for their leadership acumen and public service tradition.



• Enrolled 290 students in 16 sections of 6 different courses through the undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies (LDR) through The Center’s partnership with the College of Education. Seventeen students graduated with the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies in 2010, bringing the total to 33 students who have graduated with the Certificate since its creation in 2007. Undergraduate Student Affairs Leadership (LDR 4404) course was developed and approved. • The Service Leadership Seminar introduced 31 First Time in College students to service-oriented leadership through small group discussions, interactive workshops, a challenge course, and community service at local Tallahassee nonprofit agencies. • Service-Learners were engaged in partnerships with faculty in over 25 academic departments: Art Education; Biological Science; College of Medicine; Communication; Dance; Dedman School of Hospitality; Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Educational Psychology and Learning Systems; Family and Child Sciences; Information Studies; Teacher Education; Music; Public Administration; Social Work; Sociology; Sports Management, Recreation Administration and Physical Education; and Textile and Consumer Sciences. • Facilitated ServScript for 4,678 students documenting 231,031 community service hours on their academic transcript. • PeaceJam partnered with classes in the Spanish, Women’s Studies and Latin American Studies Departments to study our visiting Nobel Laureate, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, and assigned students to attend the public talk. • Faculty, staff, students, and community members gathered to share ideas and to inspire each other for TEDxFSU co-sponsored by the Art Department, the Center for Leadership & Civic Education and the Student Government Association.


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MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS The Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) creates a welcoming environment that is inclusive of all students. CMA provides advocacy, support services, and culturally based programs that educate students on diversity and multiculturalism and empowers them to be agents of social change in an increasingly diverse and global community. • Sponsored annual university-wide weeklong celebration dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a testament to his belief in diversity and social justice. Events included: Knowledge is King Academic Brain Bowl competition, An Evening of Poetry, a simulated Commemorative March which includes FSU students and local high school students, the Commemorative Celebration with keynote speaker Mr. Robert Page, which included over 600 attendees and 75 local high school MLK scholars, and the MLK Day of Service where FSU students and staff participate in community service in the Tallahassee area. • Provided targeted cultural enrichment programming including: Diversity Dialogues, Multicultural Leadership Summit, Ambassadors for Multicultural Affairs, FSUnity Day, annual diversity celebrations e.g. Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, American Indian Heritage Month, and Asian Awareness Heritage Month. • Facilitated diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice training to student organizations and agencies. Provided 9 presentations to over 185 students on topics of privilege, power and oppression, leadership, teambuilding, identity development, socialization, and diversity.




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DEAN of STUDENTS DEPARTMENT The Dean of Students Department supports the holistic development of students through Advocacy, Empowerment, Leadership, Accountability and Community. • Welcomed over 13,000 students and family members through Orientation in 2010 with 81 percent of survey respondents rating the experience Excellent. • Led Student Situation Resolution Team (SSRT), a university-wide committee, to coordinate communication and problem solving efforts for distressed and distressing students. • Facilitated One Book/One Campus, first-year shared reading program through New Student and Family Programs and the Golden Tribe Lecture Series. In 2010, 380 essays were submitted with 22 tracked programs/events occurring on campus. The 2011 selection was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks written by Rebecca Skloot. The author spoke at fall Convocation. • Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) served 1,400 students with documented disabilities. SDRC staff created a liaison program offering each Academic Department the opportunity to have someone trained as the disability resource person within their area. This program has successfully helped faculty and staff across campus learn more about access to disability services and assists with the referral of students to appropriate services. SDRC staff collaborated with the University Counseling Center and the College of Education’s Rehabilitation and Counseling Psychology to implement Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Coping with Disabilities groups. • Secured approval for Emerging Leaders (LDR 2163) course as part of the undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies. The 3-credit course teaches newer Greek students leadership skills, ethics/integrity, and risk-management among other topics.

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OGLESBY UNION The Oglesby Union (Union) is a diverse and engaging community that fosters individual and collective learning by providing outstanding services and opportunities for involvement. The Union is an integral part of the educational program of the University providing students with cultural, social, educational, and recreational programs. It serves as a laboratory of citizenship; training students in social responsibility and leadership. The department facilities serve as central gathering places for the University community. • Provided advising support and resources to 566 Recognized Student Organizations including 84 culturally-based groups. • Supported the University’s largest student-run philanthropic event, Dance Marathon. Seven hundred-fifty students danced at each of the two shifts representing 138 organizations and raising $496,162.78 for Children’s Miracle Network at Shands Children’s Hospital and the FSU College of Medicine’s Pediatric Outreach Programs. FSU was recognized nationally as the Most Improved Dance Marathon. • Student Life Cinema collaborated with university departments including the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Modern Languages. Recent film festivals include: Tournée French Film Festival, Director’s Festival, Tallahassee Film Festival and the Gay/Lesbian Film Festival. These festivals hosted over 5,000 participants in 29 programs. • Union Productions (UP), the School of Dance and 7 Days of Opening Nights were awarded a $6,000 grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts in order to present a dance event featuring Monica Bil Barnes & Company. • Collaborated with DSA partners to facilitate several university-wide events including Seminole Sensation Week, Haunted Harvest, Homecoming, Parents’ Weekend and Spring Fling.

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STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION Student Affairs professional and support staff provide an educational atmosphere in which Student Government Association (SGA) leaders can make effective changes in student policy benefitting all students. In addition to educating students on university policies and procedures, SGA gives students the much-needed opportunity to create, design, and develop a working resume of experiences to succeed in their career paths. The mission of the SGA is to provide FSU students with representation, services, and advocacy within the university structure. • Advised 5 SGA Agencies providing support and education on particular interest groups of the University community: Asian American Student Union, Black Student Union, Hispanic/Latino Student Union, PRIDE Student Union, and the Women’s Center. • Co-sponsored The Big Event with The Center for Leadership and Civic Education with 1,500 students, faculty, and staff participating. This annual event to show their appreciation for the surrounding community by completing 62 service projects on one day. • Partnered with Academic Affairs to support and enrich key areas of campus including: • Undergraduate Research Symposium. • Student Council for Undergraduate Research Journal, The Owl. • Reinvention of the Golden Tribe Lecture Series, featuring Spike Lee, Elie Wiesel, and Cornel West in 2011-2012. • Creation of the College Leadership Councils, which provides funding for academic programming within the colleges.

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UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER The University Counseling Center’s (UCC) primary mission is to address the psychological needs and personal concerns which may interfere with students’ academic progress, social development and emotional well-being. Our activities, accomplishments and priorities reflect the University’s goal of fostering student engagement, development and success. All UCC services are free to all currently enrolled FSU students and include individual, couples and group counseling, crisis intervention, alcohol and other drug treatment and mental health presentations. • Provided 9,961 counseling sessions (8% increase over previous year), 698 emergency assessments (39% increase), and 46 counseling groups (35% increase) in 2010. Outreach presentations were attended by 15,332 students, faculty, staff and family members in 2010 representing a 24% increase over 2009. • Reviewed and processed 504 mental health withdrawals/course drops in 2010 as a service to various academic units and Withdrawal Services. The 2010 total reflected an increase of 12 percent compared to the 2009 total (450). • RENEW (Realizing Everyone’s Need for Emotional Wellness) outreach services provided peer-led mental health awareness programs to 4,128 students. • Collaborated with the College of Social Work, University Health Services and Greek Life on a $100,000 grant awarded by the FSU Council on Research and Creativity. The project “Targeted Interventions with High-Risk Drinkers in Fraternities and Sororities” examined the effect of brief motivational interviews delivered by trained Peer Health Educators on alcohol use by their peers. • Provided ongoing consultation and liaison services to the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement, Public Safety, Center for Global Engagement, Eating Disorder Team, Student Situation Resolution Team, Victim Advocate Program, Dean of Students Department, University Housing, and Student Disability Resource Center among others. • Provided clinical internships for four pre-doctoral psychology interns and four FSU pre-master’s students from Art Therapy, Social Work and Counseling. Offered a summer practicum program for pre-doctoral students from the FSU Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology Programs. FSU is one of only 107 nationwide APA-Accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship programs.

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UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES University Health Services, previously known as Thagard Student Health Center (TSHC) provides healthcare, prevention, education and outreach services to a diverse student population and eligible recipients in a safe and supportive environment. The department promotes campus wellness, encouraging healthy lifestyles and personal responsibility to enhance students’ capacity for reaching academic and personal goals. • Provided services through 61,604 patient visits. • Advised student First Responders who volunteered 7,202 hours, responded to 427 requests for assistance and provided service to 102 special events including FSU Baseball home games. • Required student health insurance ensuring comprehensive care to support student success. Administered 2,500 flu shots to students at no cost and for a fee to faculty and staff. • Advised Relay for Life with 2,400 attendees, registering 130 teams and raising $173,000. • Continued to partner with College of Nursing, College of Human Sciences Athletic Training Program and Campus Recreation in construction of the new Health and Wellness Center. • Hosted precept students from the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Human Sciences and the College of Communication and Information including opportunities for medical students to have experiential learning in the Psychiatry Clinic.

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UNIVERSITY HOUSING The mission of University Housing is to provide a quality residential experience for students supporting their academic goals and personal development. Residence life fosters the lifelong learning of every resident through the promotion of responsible citizenship, scholarship, appreciation of differences, personal wellness, and involvement. • Provided 6,932 students on-campus residence (6,190 undergraduates) in 18 various residence halls and complexes. • Hosted 472 students through seven Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) that provide first-year students with exclusive opportunities related to shared academic interests. The LLCs include: Bryan Hall LLC, Music LLC at Cawthon Hall, Pre-Health Profession LLC at Reynolds Hall, Women in Math, Science and Engineering Program (WIMSE) LLC at Cawthon Hall, Nursing LLC at Wildwood Hall, Social Justice LLC at Wildwood Hall and Social Science and Public Affaris LLC at degraff Hall. • Managed accredited Child Care Center (only available to FSU students) for 58 infant-preschool age children. Undergraduate and graduate students participated in pre-service teaching experiences and gained 976 lab hour credits.


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DSA Annual Report - 2010-2011  

An overview of the Florida State University Division of Student Affairs accomplishments for the 2010-2011 Academic Year

DSA Annual Report - 2010-2011  

An overview of the Florida State University Division of Student Affairs accomplishments for the 2010-2011 Academic Year