Vision, Mission, and Goals
Preparing Students for Lives of Meaning and Purpose
The Radford University Division of Student Affairs fosters a campus culture and environment that is inclusive, accessible, and values students' perspectives. Lifelong learning, success and wellbeing are cultivated through citizenship, services, and personal responsibility. This mission is achieved through student engagement in co-curricular experiences nurturing resilience, persistence, and excellence.
Strategic Plan for the Future of Student Affairs – 2012 to 2018
Student Affairs staff engaged in a comprehensive long-range planning effort to identify immediate, mid-term, and longer-term programmatic initiatives to advance the mission and strategic priorities of Radford University. During Summer 2015, the Student Affairs Management Team developed the vision statement, core values, and revised the Mission, Goals, and Objectives.
These priorities were translated into a Student Affairs Strategic Budget Plan with seven-year projections to facilitate Division and University fiscal planning and to identify the range and scope of investment opportunities. The plan addresses the following four Division-wide goals as strategic priorities:
- Provide a Diverse and Distinctive Radford Student Experience;
- Promote Student Development, Retention, Graduation, and Success;
- Provide Safe, Accessible, and Inviting Student-Focused Facilities that Enhance Student Life;
- Strengthen Staff Retention and Excellence.
Student Affairs Goals
1. PROVIDE A DIVERSE AND DISTINCTIVE RADFORD STUDENT EXPERIENCE
A. Support and enhance a campus culture and co-curriculum characterized by inquisitiveness, active engagement, diverse perspectives, access and inclusion, social justice, character development, personal responsibility and global citizenship
B. Sustain programmatic initiatives and advise an inclusive array of student organizations that promote student engagement, cultivate leadership and empower self-governance
C. Build a sense of campus community through collaborative partnerships to support student participation, inquiry, self-reflection, learning, innovation, development and success
2. PROMOTE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT, RETENTION, GRADUATION, AND SUCCESS
A. Provide and assess programs, services, applied learning opportunities, and learning outcomes promoting continuous improvement
B. Enhance student skills and expectations for responsible decision-making, risk reduction, protective behaviors, personal and academic development, physical and emotional wellbeing and healthy lifestyles
C. Implement extended student transition programs leading to matriculation and early intervention programs to enhance academic preparation and social integration
3. PROVIDE SAFE, ACCESSIBLE, AND INVITING STUDENT-FOCUSED FACILITIES THAT ENHANCE STUDENT LIFE
A. Develop and implement best practice models from benchmark institutions for facility staffing, equipment, maintenance, renovation and operation plans consistent with universal building design
B. Incorporate an array of accessible and accomodating housing options into facility renovation and construction planning that prepare students for increasingly independent living
C. Provide student facilities and educational programs that engage students in intentional learning experiences and learning communities
4. STRENGTHEN STAFF RETENTION AND EXCELLENCE
A. Recruit, hire and retain talented and diverse staff dedicated to excellence and student learning, development and success
B. Provide and support a stimulating professional climate for students and staff with an emphasis on continuing staff development, involvement with RU and community councils, and professional association membership, conference presentations and leadership opportunities
C. Continue to explore, develop, implement long range staffing, competitive compensation, and organizational structure to support and sustain quality, continuity of programs and services, and staff excellence.