From the Vice President for Student Affairs
effort to bring greater visibility to this population through grant submissions and other funding requests to support a proposed Veterans’ Support Center. • Undergraduate Advising provided important intervention advising for 1,300 students on academic probation.
The information contained within the pages of this report reflects impressive numbers of individual contacts, creative programs, and essential interventions to contribute to a holistic student development experience. The high-touch, personal connections that Eastern prides itself on are clearly evident in the activities and interactions chronicled in this report. Stacey Morgan Foster, JD Having joined Eastern Washington University in April—near the conclusion of the year—I wasn’t able to observe all of this activity first hand. Reviewing this annual report has provided me with an immense appreciation for our staff and students. I hope you will be as inspired as I was to read about the good work being done.
• An effective retention program and one that elevates the overall level of academic engagement on campus, the Living Learning Center residential program, added two new affinity groups for residential living: an international group and a computer/engineering/science group. LLC participants live on the same floor and engage in programming and activities specific to their focus. Research shows living in a residence hall is the single most effective retention strategy, and the LLC experience brings this success to an even more pronounced level. • We saw a 6 percent increase in freshmen and transfer applications, reinforcing the perception of EWU as a best value in higher education. • Firms recruiting for accounting majors tripled over last year. • Records and Registration fully implemented the student on-line degree audit, enabling advisors and students to more effectively track academic progress to graduation.
In particular, I want to highlight some of these accomplishments:
• Reflective of the intentional programming in the residence halls and in Health, Wellness & Prevention, there was a 28 percent decrease in alcohol violations.
• Campus Recreation again hosted an energizing three-onthree basketball tournament—the Spring Shootout, which has now become the largest indoor basketball tournament in the nation and has strengthened the university’s relations with the larger community.
• We launched the Green Dot Program with excellent student participation. The Green Dot Program is an active bystander violence prevention program.
• Club Sports continue to provide excitement and high levels of competition with the ice hockey games regularly selling out and the team achieving a ranking of third, nationally. Women’s volleyball also had a great year at the number three position, nationally.
• We served a record number of students with disabilities (422), providing essential services to ensure their student success. These are great statistics, but the bigger story is really about the impact on our students. Through our programs, services and personal interactions we contribute to students’ cognitive development, critical thinking, appreciation for the experiences of others, organizational skills, self-care skills and overall wellness, cultural and aesthetic awareness, time management, civic engagement, and ethical decision making. We serve as mentors, coaches, advisors, leaders, supporters, problem solvers, and yes, even as disciplinarians at times. But most of all, we are educators. Every interaction with a student is an opportunity to help that student learn something, even if it is as passive as simply performing a mundane task cheerfully and accurately, and by doing so modeling a work ethic worth emulating or reinforcing that the campus is a friendly and welcoming place.
• The PRIDE Center opened its doors and conducted programs, creating bridges on campus for discussion and support of our GLBTQA students. • We packaged and delivered $104 million in aid to 8,900 students. • An online orientation program was successfully implemented to assist students in making a smooth transition to the campus. • More than 72,000 phone calls were fielded by three offices in Enrollment Services. • We worked with 433 veterans, who accessed their federal benefits to continue their education. We also began an
In addition to the accomplishments of individual departments, the Division of Student Affairs collectively has much to be 2
Eastern Washington University, Office of Student Affairs Annual Report 2009-2010