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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 Allison H. Crume Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Brandon Bowden Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

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ABOUT STUDENT AFFAIRS 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.

DEPARTMENTS Campus Recreation

Oglesby Union

The Career Center

Student Government Association

The Center for Academic Retention & Enhancement

University Counseling Center

The Center for Global Engagement

University Health Services

The Center for Leadership & Social Change

University Housing

The Dean of Students Department


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DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS HIGHLIGHTS • Welcomed over 6,500 students, family members, faculty, and staff to the academic community through New Student Convocation. • Opened the newly constructed Dorman and Deviney Halls and hosted CARE Summer Bridge students as the first residents in Dorman. Two additional residence halls are currently being constructed on the footprint of the old Dorman and Deviney Halls. • Secured over $3 million in external funding to support key student services, including CARE Student Support Services (SSS), the Green Dot bystander intervention program, substance free programming, and suicide prevention. • Engaged 75.3% of FSU students at Campus Recreation facilities and programs, up from 73.2% last year. Campus Recreation recorded 1,643,532 participations by students, faculty, staff, and guests in one or

more activities during the year, an annual increase of 5.6%. Expanded the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society initiative, which inducted a record 200 students this year and has over 850 students currently participating. Engaged 43,669 participants during Seminole Sensation Week, which included concerts, a multicultural showcase, comedians, Breakfast for a Buck, and many additional activities. Advised Dance Marathon, Florida State’s largest studentled philanthropy. In 2016, over 1,800 dancers raised 30% more in donations, for a total of $1,435,120.32 for Children’s Miracle Network at Shands Children’s Hospital and the Florida State College of Medicine’s Pediatric Outreach Programs. Expanded the Seminole Allies & Safe Zones program exponentially as over 600 students, faculty, staff, and community members have participated in the workshops facilitated by various professionals

across campus with a vibrant online presence of resources. More in-depth workshops were added to explore personal identity development, students navigating the holidays, and being an ally to the trans community. • Enrolled 248 FSU staff and graduate students in the Global Partner Certificate Program. The program provides four intercultural workshops and intercultural activities designed to help faculty, staff and graduate students increase intercultural competencies, broaden understanding of cultural differences and to interact more successfully with diverse cultures. • Hosted the annual campus-wide TEDxFSU with the theme “Against the Current” with over 300 students, faculty, staff, and community members in attendance. • Coordinated Parents’ Weekend with over 700 families in attendance.

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Campus Recreation strives to support all members of the FSU community in their pursuit of lifelong wellness by providing a diverse array of high-quality recreational programs, services, and facilities. This year, Campus Recreation: • Assessed the relationship between personal wellness and academic success, finding that new students participating in Campus Recreation programs and services averaged a 0.138 higher cumulative GPA compared to students not participating. • Tallied over 21,000 different students, including 80.2% of on-campus residents, as participants in at least one Campus Recreation program during the first 50 days of the fall semester. • Contributed to numerous wellness initiatives that addressed Healthy Campus 2020 objectives, including collaborations with campus partners for the Body Project course, Stress Busters Day, Love Your Body Day, Nole Your Health and Tomachopped, and Mental Health First Aid Certification. • Provided medical assistance and treatment via the department’s four graduate assistant athletic trainers to Intramural Sports and Sport Club participants on 2,909 occasions in this year, triple the number seen last year. • Welcomed nearly 30,000 visitors to the FSU Reservation waterfront park, over 125 groups to the Rez retreat center, and over 3,000 participants to the FSU Challenge ropes course. • Completed the installation of a new three-ton pool filtration system in the Leach Center, replacing the original system from 1991. The new sand-based filter system provides properly cleaned and treated water for swimmers in the 550,000-gallon Leach Center pool. • Partnered with FSU Athletics to enhance several competitive sports facilities, including the resurfacing and repainting of the Tully Gymnasium courts, the installation of a new support building and field improvements at Harkins Field, and the refurbishing of the turf at the Main Campus Fields.

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The mission of the Career Center is to provide comprehensive career services, train career service practitioners, conduct life and career development research, and disseminate information about life and career services to the University community and beyond. This year, the Career Center: • Advised 19,520 students through career advising and counseling sessions, an increase of 14.6% over last year. • Increased employment opportunities through on-campus recruiting by hosting 921 employers conducting 3,985 interviews, increases of 30.3% and 12.4% over last year, respectively. • Provided students and alumni 10,345 job listings via SeminoleLink, an increase of 17.2% from last year, and referred 10,095 resumes to employers. • Taught 12 sections of the Career Planning Course in partnership with the Educational Psychology and Learning Systems Department, enrolling 379 students. • Coordinated 19 career fairs, including Seminole Futures, which provided an opportunity for 1,420 employers and graduate/professional schools to connect with 11,159 Florida State students. • Presented 941 workshops on employability skills and graduate preparation to 39,374 participants with increases of 43% and 52.6% over last year, respectively. • Managed the Career Portfolio, providing 95,516 students and alumni users with opportunities to identify and document skills employers and graduate schools seek in candidates.

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ACADEMIC RETENTION & ENHANCEMENT The Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) provides preparation, orientation, and academic support programming for students who are among the first in their families to attend college. These students often face unique challenges because of educational or economic circumstances. This year, CARE: • Guided students through the College Life Coaching Program, a requirement for all sophomore participants in CARE. This year, CARE reached a 95.3% second-to-third year retention rate for the cohort receiving coaching, compared to 84% for students not using coaching. • Supported at-risk students in their academic pursuits with 95.8% of all enrolled CARE students (1,200 total students) achieving satisfactory academic progress, an increase of 2% from last year, and graduated 302 students. • Provided 63,750 student visits to technology resources in the CARE Tutoring and Computer Lab, newly relocated to the Thagard Building and representing a 58% increase from last year. • Achieved a 95.5% retention rate and an average GPA of 3.01 for the Unconquered Scholars Program serving students previously classified as members of foster care, relative care, wards of the State, or homeless, by increaing the peer support and encouragement activities for this high risk population. • Received numerous national recognitions for its work, including a NASPA Program of Distinction Award, the University Business Magazine’s Model of Excellence award, and media coverage in the Tallahassee Democrat, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and PBS. 

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GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT The mission of the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) is to facilitate international diversity and foster global understanding and awareness within the Florida State community. The CGE is committed to enhancing Florida State’s internationalization initiatives through Intercultural Programs, the Global Pathways Certificate, Cross-cultural Exchanges, Immigration Services, and collaborative efforts with Academic Affairs and across campus. This year, the CGE: • Collaborated with Academic Affairs to strengthen and expand FSU’s global partnerships, increasing the total number of new and renewed Cooperative and Exchange agreements by 25%. • Developed four new, university-wide bilateral exchange programs in Austria, Germany, Hong Kong, and South Korea, increasing opportunities for FSU students in most majors to participate in a student exchange program. • Managed immigration processes, enabling 20 new FSU faculty members to begin their work at FSU. • Provided a variety of Intercultural Training workshops to 917 FSU faculty, staff and graduate students, representing a 25.5% increase in participation over last year. Workshops are designed to help faculty and staff gain insight and sensitivity necessary to provide excellent customer service in a culturally diverse environment. • Developed two additional Liberal Studies classes focusing on the Analysis and Resolution of Global Conflicts as well as Global Citizenship, which meet the university’s multicultural requirement, the E-Series requirement for critical thinking, and the writing requirement for the new Liberal Studies for the 21st Century curriculum. • Developed an exchange student peer mentor program, Global Noles, to provide FSU students with the opportunity to assist incoming exchange students with adjustment to FSU and campus life. • Provided training to international students seeking opportunities to present about their home country and/or culture through the Global Ambassadors Program, which offered 64 presentations on 32 countries to 20 different school groups and community organizations in the Tallahassee Community, an increase of over 200% in the number of presentations from last year. • Implemented an online Optional Practical Training, a work authorization orientation module for international students, resulting in a 66% increase in participation from last year


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LEADERSHIP & SOCIAL CHANGE The Center for Leadership & Social Change transforms lives through leadership education, identity development, and community engagement. Across curricular and co-curricular programs and services, the Center develops students who are engaged in the world around them and use their talents and means to create a more just and humane society. This year, the Center: • Facilitated community engagement with 7,029 students who participated in ServScript, completing 369,217 hours of service to the community. This is an 11% increase in student participation and 14% increase in service hours from last year. • Increased participant and facilitator numbers for Service Leadership Seminar (SLS) with 49 first-year students, 14 student facilitators, and 2 student coordinators comprising the largest participant group to date. • Hosted the 9th Annual Multicultural Leadership Summit (MLS) with 154 students from Florida State University, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, and Tallahassee Community College and 20 staff facilitators attended the Summit to engage in dialogue around the theme of “Lives, Liberties, and the Politics of Happiness.” • Identified 233 service-learning courses (163 undergraduate, 70 graduate) available to students with a total of 532 class sections. Through their coursework 6,706 service-learning students completed 683,438 total hours of related service through the teaching of 282 service-learning faculty members. • Led three Leadership LOGIC (Learning in the Outdoors for Group and Individual Change) weekend, retreat-style programs at the FSU Reservation. Leadership LOGIC is an initiative developed in partnership with the FSU Reservation for students who have not had previous leadership development experiences or wanted to develop specific leadership skills. • Increased enrollment in Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies courses by 17%. This year, 797 students enrolled in 34 sections of 13 different LDR courses, and 24 students graduated with the Certificate, bringing the total to 145 students who have graduated with the Certificate since 2007. • Honored graduating seniors and our Seminole traditions through the Rite of A-rak-ke-ce-tv. This cultural graduation ceremony celebrated 95 graduates, from 10 colleges with over 300 family, friends, and guests in attendance.

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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. This year, the Dean of Students Department: • Welcomed 9,925 students and 8,516 family members to the University community through Orientation and worked with over 23,000 families through the Family Connection, increases of 4.2% and 1.2% from last year, respectively. • Provided 551 students, faculty and staff with critical support through the Victim Advocate Program. • Served over 1,020 students in distress or crisis through the Case Management Program, a 16% increase from the last year • Collaborated with university departments and students organizations to manage the Food for Thought Food Pantry for students in need. This year, the food pantry served an estimated 1,300 students. • Advised 833 students through the withdrawal process. Withdrawal Services supports students who endure a hardship that may require leaving the University. • Facilitated more than 8,505 exams, an increase of nearly 5% from last year, to over 1,500 students registered with the Student Disability Resource Center. • Adjudicated 470 Student Code of Conduct Violations cases in Student Rights and Responsibilities.

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OGLESBY UNION The Oglesby Union is the community center of the university for students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests. The department serves as a unifying force that honors each individual and values diversity and inclusion while fostering a sense of community that cultivates enduring loyalty to the university. The Union provides services and conveniences for members of the university community and creates an environment for formal and informal connections. This year, the Oglesby Union: • Provided the opportunity for more than 3,000 students to express their creativity during special event “Paint a Pot” sessions in the Art Center, a 9% increase from the previous year. • Hosted more than 10,000 individuals during the nine FSU Flying High Circus Home Shows, an increase of nearly 9% from last year. • Expanded the use of Crenshaw Lanes, with more than 144,000 games bowled for an increase of almost 13% from last year. • Supported the academic success of Fraternity and Sorority Life students whose average GPA was above the all undergraduate GPA. In addition, a third of the chapters were recognized by with regional and/or national awards. • Entertained more than 68,000 Union Productions patrons, a 25% increase in attendance from the previous year with more than double the number of soldout shows. • Drew more than 70,000 patrons for movies and events at the Askew Student Life Center, with an increase of 22% attendance at programmed gaming events. • Hosted over 13,000 Guest Services reservations with a 61% increase in attendees.

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STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION The Department of Student Government assists students in reaching their full potential by focusing on leadership and identity development, belonging and inclusion, civic engagement and participation, and financial responsibility and stewardship. This year, the Student Government Association: • Advised student organizations in leadership development, programming, and advocacy. The identity-based SGA Agencies hosted over 175 cultural, educational, and social events open to the entire campus community with an attendance of over 10,000. • Facilitated the All Agency Advance training program that provided 70 agency student leaders with an opportunity to develop leadership skills and expanded knowledge. • Hosted world-renowned speakers through SGA entities and the Golden Tribe Lecture Series, including actors Danny Glover and Felix Justice, businesswoman and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, author and activist Jose Antonio Vargas and performer Common. SGA and the Headliners Committee supported Homecoming artists, country superstar Zac Brown Band and comedian Amy Schumer. • Allocated Activities and Service funding of over $13,567,000 to the Oglesby Union, Campus Recreation, Student Activities and Organizations, and the Congress of Graduate Students. • Certified over 1,600 student leaders regarding fiscal responsibility, planning, and stewardship through the Activities and Service budgeting process. • Designed and advertised 700 student-based services and events through Student Publications, creating graphic-design projects and marketing campaigns for Recognized Student Organizations, SGA entities, and university-wide events. • Increased photography coverage of student events by 260% from last year while expanding an internship program for students in writing, photography, and video production.

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UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER The University Counseling Center’s (UCC) primary mission is to address the psychological needs and personal concerns that may interfere with students’ academic progress, social development and emotional well-being. The UCC provides free and confidential psychological counseling to students and outreach and consultation services. This year, The University Counseling Center: • Delivered 19,249 individual and group counseling sessions (26% increase in services from last year) to 3,813 students (a 19% increase in students served from last year). • Decreased the time students waited for services by initiating a walk-in procedure for initial clinical contact and rapid access to clinical services at the UCC. The average wait time to speak with a counselor throughout the Fall was 28 minutes and 49 seconds. • Offered walk-in therapeutic services to 3,773 students without a scheduled appointment, a 154% increase from last year. • Provided immediate access for students to speak with a counselor by telephone after regular office hours as well as on weekends and holidays through the UCC after-hours program. • Led 255 outreach programs promoting mental health awareness to over 13,000 students, a 4% increase in outreach programming from last year. • Presented 111 outreach programs to 1,642 students through RENEW (Realizing Everyone’s Need for Emotional Wellness). RENEW is UCC’s peer educator group comprised of 55 undergraduates from a variety of majors including social work, communications, psychology and marketing. • Provided Clinical Internships for four doctoral interns in psychology and offered a two semester Practicum for two doctoral students from the FSU Combined Counseling and School Psychology Program. UCC staff supervised three Post-Doctoral Residents for licensure in psychology as well as one Post-Master’s Degree Counselor from FSU for licensure in Mental Health Counseling. In addition, the Master’s internship program provided training to two interns.

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UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES University Health Services (UHS) provides healthcare, prevention, education, and outreach services to a diverse student population in a safe and supportive environment. University Health Services promotes campus wellness by encouraging healthy lifestyles and personal responsibility to enhance students’ capacity for reaching academic and personal goals. This year, University Health Services: • Provided services through a total 72,909 patient visits, a 6.1% increase from last year. • Provided psychiatry services for a total of 7,187 psychiatry visits, a 23.7% increase from last year. • Provided diagnostic imaging services through a total of 6,120 imaging studies, a 3.1% increase from last year. The UCC also provided x-ray services at the home football games for both visiting and FSU athletes. • Added a second clinician to the “Fast Track” clinic for patients with eye, ear, throat, and sinus infections. The clinic has allowed UHS to provide walk-in services to over 5,000 patients this year. • Contracted with local specialists to provide 6,668 students with specialty care for students, faculty and staff in the Health and Wellness Building in Allergy/Immunology, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Dental, Dermatology, Endocrinology and Diabetes Educators, a 9.4% increase from last year. • Secured multiple grants in the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness totaling $635,000 to fund a Green Dot bystander intervention program to reduce power based personal violence and to promote substance free alternative programming. Grants were awarded by the Florida Department of Health, Avon Foundation and Miller Coors Foundation. • Collaborated with the University Counseling Center and the College of Education to receive a 3-year, $300,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to address suicide prevention efforts at FSU.

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UNIVERSITY HOUSING The mission of University Housing is to provide exceptional living opportunities for students to succeed academically. Residential Student Services fosters the lifelong learning of every resident through the promotion of responsible citizenship, appreciation of differences, personal wellness, and involvement. This year, University Housing: • Housed 6,368 students in 17 facilities. • Improved the student interface experience with the Housing Management System, activated an on-line resident assistant selection process, and streamlined several student processes by creating electronic access for student requests. • Implemented an Emotional Support Animal policy in collaboration with the Student Disability Resources Center in the Dean of Students Department. • Administered the annual EBI resident assessment to students in the residence halls with a 76% response rate. Compared to the 43 other very high research activity doctoral-level institutions, University Housing ranked #4 for Overall Satisfaction, #3 for Overall Learning, and #4 for Overall Learning contributing to the student’s academic success. • Emphasized academic success by hosting the annual Showcase of Seminole Scholars that recognized approximately 400 students for their academic achievement and encouraged their involvement in 9 academic honor societies. • Collaborated with Academic Affairs to provide seven living-learning communities accommodating 447 first year students, a 10.2% increase from last year. • Provided 84 student parent families with child care. The department purchased 23 children’s books in 13 different languages to encourage exposure to other cultures and to include non-native English speaking family members in the reading activities of the centers. • Hired and trained over 330 student staff in various roles within the on-campus residence halls.

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OVERALL DIVISION STRATEGIC PLAN The Florida State University’s Division of Student Affairs maintains, expands and protects the University’s focus on students. We achieve this by: • Advocating for students individually and systemically • Educating students through courses, programs and activities • Assisting students’ intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual development • Collaborating with campus and community partners to design policies and programs that are student-centered • Consulting with all University divisions to anticipate student needs and resolve issues The Division accomplishes these tasks through utilizing best practices as identified by international higher education professional organizations to create evidence-based programs and services.

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, promote learning opportunities, and foster inclusiveness 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.

With your support, we look forward to a successful new year.


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DSA Annual Report 2015-2016  

Highlights of programs and services of the Florida State University Division of Student Affairs in 2015-2016

DSA Annual Report 2015-2016  

Highlights of programs and services of the Florida State University Division of Student Affairs in 2015-2016