Topic: How is the Office of Student Affairs reorganizing to prioritize student need?
Recent challenges: Student Affairs has approached necessary reductions and internal reallocations of state funding with a focus on prioritizing students’ needs and interests. This has led to elimination of some administrative positions in the Office of the Vice President, the Dean of Students Office, and Access, Equity, and Achievement areas. Realignment of the division’s departments has been designed to tap synergies in units that provide similar services, leverage the strengths of our revenue generating units, and centralize key functions to maximize staff expertise.
- An emphasis on creating and forecasting reduced expenditures budget models is enabling strategic and purposeful allocation of resources to benefit high priorities.
- Fiscal staff reviewed all state-funded areas to eliminate unsustainable expenditures.
- Funds have been reallocated to enable:
- Hiring of the Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center Director and the Women’s Resource Center Director;
- Management of the newly opened Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center;
- Funding of speakers for student, faculty and staff organizations, and to provide professional development for staff.
- Student Affairs has centralized marketing and communication efforts across all 22 departments.
- Student Affairs is integrating budget and human resource functions which are decentralized across multiple departments to reduce duplication throughout the division.
Current/future areas of emphasis or next steps: The Division of Student Affairs is undergoing a reorganization and completing hiring of permanent leadership to align operations, staff and budgets to meet the contemporary needs of our current and future students. This realignment supports the four strategic pillars of Community, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, Student Engagement, Dean of Students, and Finance and Operation. It includes the hiring of a new Associate Vice President of Community, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence to foster a campus culture in which all Cougs are welcomed and included as members of our community.
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NWCCU Standards Reference: 2.D, 2.G.1, 3.A, 4.A.4, 5.B.1, 5.B.2