proud of. Student Affairs played a significant role in crafting the Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Plan. Led by Dr. Lawrence Briggs, AVP for Enrollment Services, and Dr. Tom Hawley, Professor of Government, the SEM team (20+ people including many in Student Affairs) studied enrollment, retention, and demographic data (among many other sets of data), conducted forums and reviewed surveys. The result was a comprehensive report for consideration, from which President Arévalo has identified 21 initiatives to pursue. The steering committee for these SEM initiatives is comprised of Provost Rex Fuller, Larry Briggs, Tom Hawley, and myself. We are energized about the tasks before us and already are seeing some innovative work that we expect to lead to retention gains. This activity will continue well into the 2010-11 year. I want to publicly thank Larry for his stewardship of this process, one which was complex and very important to the overall success of the university.
We’ve also reinvented ourselves somewhat. In August, the Student Affairs Council, comprised of all the unit heads, met to review our mission statement. We also created a vision statement and a values statement, all of which are included on the following pages. Perhaps most importantly, we identified our priorities for the coming year (included, as well, in this report). As we expect to encounter another year of budget reductions, our assessment, mission, values and priorities will guide our decision making and help us to focus our limited resources toward achieving our goals. All of these planning tools will assist us in delivering on our vision: To engage students along their transformational journey to develop self confidence, a sense of purpose, resiliency, and active citizenship. I’m grateful to the entire Student Affairs Division for their dedication to our students. We don’t say it enough, but thank you. I am looking forward to working with this wonderful team as we continue to serve our students.
Of significant note, Student Affairs finished a complete assessment of programs and services using the Council for Advancement of Standards (CAS) tool. This assessment will be the basis for action planning across the division and provides an important lens through which we can evaluate our effectiveness and become even better. Work continues on this also into 2010-11.
Stacey Morgan Foster, JD Vice President for Student Affairs
Eastern Washington University, Office of Student Affairs Annual Report 2009-2010