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.


Objective 2.1:

Develop and implement a plan for gender equity in athletics that complies with Title IX regulations.

  • Method: Achieve gender equity in Athletics by increasing the number of women’s sports, while maintaining the number of men’s sports, so that the percentages of both reflect the student body.

Success criteria: 100% gender equity will be achieved by 2012.

Objective 2.2:

Increase marketing/communication efforts with students to make them aware of opportunities/activities related to their major (i.e. honorary fraternities, student clubs, etc.)

  • Method: Develop databases and send e-mail notifications to all majors.

Success criteria: Student participation rate in all clubs/organizations/events will be measured beginning in Fall 2009 with a goal of increasing that rate by 5% each year through May 2012.

Objective 2.3:

Ensure the safety and security of all members of the campus community by developing and implementing appropriate security protocols and programs.

  • Method: Design and implement an emergency response plan for the campus.
  • Method: Implement a text messaging alert system and encourage all members of the university community to participate.
  • Method: Design, market and implement the Threat Response Assessment Intervention Team (TRAIT) program in order to provide a formal process for sharing information about potential acts of violence; key objectives of this team are to identify, assess, manage, reduce and educate.
  • Method: Prepare and widely circulate a TRAIT brochure and website address.
  • Method: Provide advocacy through the Prevention, Education, Awareness for Change and Empowerment (PEACE) Project.
  • Method: Continue to support the Student Sexual Assault Response (SSART) Hotline.
  • Method: Install emergency phones and video surveillance to provide student security in buildings and on the campus grounds.
  • Method: Provide widely-marketed escort service for students and staff.
  • Method: Implement one table-top emergency exercise per year for key response areas.
  • Method: Revise the Student Code of Conduct to align it with the University’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Method: Implement an on-line sexual assault educational training module as an annual requirement for all incoming freshman.

Success criteria: TRAIT brochure will be distributed to all current employees and given to all new employees and incoming students each year; a comprehensive proposal will be developed for the implementation and continuous improvement of security systems in University buildings and on campus grounds by Fall 2009 and implemented in stages through 2012; the Campus Safety web site will be expanded to become a more comprehensive resource including information and links to all safety resources by 2010; all first-time students will complete a mandated on-line alcohol education program beginning in Fall 2010; A revised Student Code of Conduct manual will be circulated by Fall 2009.

Objective 2.4:

Promote, encourage and support a car-pooling initiative for commuters.

  • Method: Assign existing Student Affairs staff to support this service.

Success criteria: Commuter participation in car-pools will be monitored beginning in Fall 2009 with a goal of increasing participation by 5% each year through 2012.

Objective 2.5:

Monitor shuttle service for students traveling to and from campus and adjust services according to need.

  • Method: Conduct a survey of student satisfaction with the shuttle service each semester and adjust transportation plans accordingly.

Success criteria: Student satisfaction with the shuttle service will be assessed beginning in Fall 2009 with a goal of increasing satisfaction by 5% each year through 2012.

Objective 2.6:

Continue to provide 7 Habits workshops free of charge to all students, faculty and staff of the University in order to develop personal effectiveness, enhance leadership skills and build character.

  • Method: Utilize the volunteer certified training team to provide multiple workshops each semester.

Success criteria: At least five workshops per year will be provided for members of the University community with a goal of training 100 participants a year for the next three years.

Objective 2.7:

Provide a high-quality University Wellness Center to address the needs of the student body.

  • Method: Expand the Wellness Center’s operational hours to 24 hours/day, seven days/week to ensure availability of health care resources to students.

Success criteria: Additional staff will be hired and the Wellness Center will become a 24/7 operation beginning in Fall 2009.

  • Method: Expand Wellness Education program offerings to raise awareness and provide prevention strategies/information.
  • Method: Implement an on-line alcohol educational training module as a requirement for all incoming freshman.

Success criteria: A minimum of eight (8) programs will be provided each semester on topics such as alcohol/drug use, smoking cessation, and healthy lifestyles/wellness; all first time students will complete mandated on-line alcohol educational training module, beginning Fall 2009.

Objective 2.8:

Provide a diversity of recreational activities for members of the University

  • Method: Renovate and enhance recreational opportunities at Herron Recreation and Fitness Center.
  • Method: Expand programming for intramural sports, informal recreation, extramural sports, fitness and wellness.
  • Method: Provide added “green” space outdoor court opportunities through the utilization of artificial surface fields for year-round use.

Success criteria: Participation in sponsored activities will increase by 10% each semester by 2010, 5% by 2011 and 5% by 2012; individual usage of Herron Recreation and Fitness Center will increase to 50% by 2012.

Objective 2.9:

Expand and enhance collaborative work spaces for students in Manderino Library, utilizing current and emerging technologies.

  • Method: Create a working group to include the University Architect, Dean of Library Services and Vice President of Information Technology and students that would recommend a design for collaborative projects/common space area within Manderino Library.

Success Criteria: Completed plan/recommendation will be forwarded to the University President by Fall 2010, with an implementation goal of 2012.

Objective 2.10:

Provide quality student housing and services

  • Method: Annually survey residence students, both on the main and upper campuses.

Success criteria: Annually review survey results and make recommendations for continuous improvement.

Objective 2.11:

Design and implement a program through the Office of Career Services that would create a lifelong relationship with alumni.

  • Method: Hire staff to develop and implement a program that connects alumni with the Office of Career Services and provides on-going services to them.

Success criteria: A program to serve alumni will be developed and staff will be hired by Fall 2009, with the goal of a fully implemented program by Fall 2011. A formal evaluation of the program will be completed by June 2011.