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A scenic look at the landscaping in front of Dixon Hall.A scenic look at the landscaping in front of Dixon Hall.

Goal Two

TO CONTINUE TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF STUDENT LIFE.

VISION

• Offer an exceptional, one-of-a-kind character and career-building experience.
• Focus character-building on the University’s three core values and four rights and responsibilities.
• Define career-building broadly to include life-wide (multiple life roles) and life-long (legacy) aspects.
• Maintain an administrative staff dedicated to the highest professional standards and service.
     from the Mission Statement of California University of PA, 2003
 
“Students look to System Universities for strong academic programs that are built on a liberal arts foundation, linked to job opportunities, and supported by co-curricular activities. At the same time, recent surveys of students demonstrate increasing levels of political involvement and community engagement as well as the desire to integrate their academic learning with real world experience.”
     from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education: A Plan for Strategic Directions 2004-2009, p.4.
 

OBJECTIVE II . 1

Expand awareness of the University’s three core values and four rights and responsibilities.

METHOD A
Focus on core values and rights and responsibilities of students in the New Student Success Sessions.

METHOD B
Include the core values and rights and responsibilities in the new faculty orientation session.
 
METHOD C
Include a segment on the core values and rights and responsibilities in the online sexual harassment awareness training program.
 
METHOD D
Sponsor speakers and workshops on the core values.
 
METHOD E
Continue to build the Franklin Covey Leadership Training Program at California University.
 
METHOD F
Continue to conduct staff convocations and staff appreciation dinners to recognize staff achievement and build staff morale.
 
METHOD G
Implement the Career Advantage program fully for all students.
 
MEASUREMENT
Orientation statistics; community-service data; self-reporting by faculty and staff; participation of students in Service & Service Learning day; evaluations from student Covey training workshops; evaluations of speakers/workshops; faculty and student surveys.
 

OBJECTIVE II . 2

Create a campus culture that fosters social responsibility.

METHOD A
Promote the leadership minor.
 
METHOD B
Increase student participation in programs that are intended to develop effective leadership skills, such as the Emerging Leaders program.
 
METHOD C
Expand the New Student Success Sessions focusing on career and personal development, as well as opportunities for participation in student government and other organizations.
 
METHOD D
Support service-learning activities.
 
METHOD E
Support student service-oriented organizations, such as service fraternities and sororities.
 
MEASUREMENT
Enrollment in Leadership minor; increased student participation in student  government, campus organizations, service learning, and other related extracurricular activities.
 

OBJECTIVE II . 3

Promote a culture of civility, tolerance, inclusiveness, and citizenship.

METHOD A
Encourage faculty to introduce issues of diversity, civility, inclusiveness and citizenship in existing courses.
 
METHOD B
Promote the University Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.
 
METHOD C
Provide and utilize the Student Code of Conduct to hold students accountable for their behavior.
 
MEASUREMENT
Survey of students, faculty and staff; evaluation of programs presented by the Social Equity Office; decrease in the number of judicial hearings.
 

OBJECTIVE II . 4

Provide recognition for student achievement.

METHOD A
Continue recognition of students and honor societies at Commencement.
 
METHOD B
Continue Honors Convocation.
 
METHOD C
Increase publication of “Good News” stories related to student achievement.
 
METHOD D
Continue the practice of supporting student participation and presentation at professional conferences.
 
METHOD E
Continue to foster the good working relationship between the University and the Student Association, Inc. (SAI).
 
MEASUREMENT
Student satisfaction surveys; increase in news stories, CUE transcript.
 

OBJECTIVE II . 5

Foster student research, publication and presentations.

METHOD A
Continue undergraduate and graduate research recognition award program.
 
METHOD B
Continue to hire and promote faculty who promote active learning methods.
 
MEASUREMENT
Student papers and publications; participation in undergraduate student scholarship and creativity week; participation in professional conferences by presenting papers, participating in roundtable discussions, and exhibiting posters.
 

OBJECTIVE II . 6

Foster student academic, personal (career), and financial success.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

METHOD A
Complete the consolidation of learning resources for academic support including the Math Lab, Writing Center, Reading Clinic, Advising and Placement-testing Center, Word Processing Center and student tutorial services.
 
METHOD B
Establish a multi-purpose computer laboratory which can be used for career planning, placement testing, prior learning assessment and other student needs.
 
METHOD C
Maintain an Advising Center “safety net” during normal business hours so that students who are not able to connect with their regular faculty advisers can get help with academic planning and course selection.
 
METHOD D
Continue to emphasize depth as well as breadth of knowledge by requiring a portion of General Education to be conducted at the 300 and 400 levels.
 
METHOD E
Utilize “block scheduling” for incoming students a) to enhance retention by allowing new students to see familiar faces in several classes, and b) to maximize the ability of new students to retain their options with regard to various choices of academic major by emphasizing General Education as opposed to classes in the major.
 
MEASUREMENT
Consolidation of learning resources; computer lab for placement testing established; First Year Seminar (FYS) data; Advising Center established; block scheduling established; financial aid data; student satisfaction with academic support services on ACT survey; monitor the number of students served in various academic support areas; monitor retention rates of incoming cohorts.
 

STUDENT PERSONAL (CAREER) SUCCESS

METHOD A
Require student participation in Career Advantage, a program that provides guidance in making wise decisions with regard to college major and career choices.
 
METHOD B
Continue to cultivate and expand the student peer mentoring program.
 
METHOD C
Design a segment of First Year Seminar (FYS) devoted to helping students develop Personal Growth Plans.
 
METHOD D
Integrate the outcomes of the Personal Growth Plans with the Career Advantage Program and transcription of student activities (CUE).
 
METHOD E
Establish a central Office of Internship Programs to coordinate the University's internship programs and to increase both the quantity and quality of student internships.
 
MEASUREMENT
Changes in FYS; personal growth plans transcripted; integration with Career  advantage; student satisfaction on ACT survey; use of CUE transcript; employer satisfaction with our students; survey recent graduates (less than 5 years out) on their career/life choices after graduation; analysis of the results of the NSSE and FSSE.
 

STUDENT FINANCIAL SUCCESS

METHOD
Design a segment of First Year Seminar and a segment of the Career Planning class devoted to developing student financial plans for college and for the years immediately following graduation.
• Specifically, teach every student the power of compound interest over time.
 
MEASUREMENT
Changes in FYS; financial aid data on debt; tracking of alumni satisfaction with the financial planning process.
 

OBJECTIVE II . 7

Provide opportunities for student service.

METHOD A
Implement a continuous improvement program to standardize and improve internships and to promote community service.
 
METHOD B
Continue to support service-learning activities.
 
METHOD C
Continue to support student service oriented organizations and activities.
 
METHOD D
Develop a strong networking system between employers and the University.
 
MEASUREMENT
Meeting and exceeding the targets for experiential learning of the System
Accountability Plan; increased student participation in service activities.