Vision, Mission, and Goals

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Our Vision

Preparing Students for Lives of Meaning and Purpose

Our Mission

Through co-curricular experiences, the Division of Student Affairs engages students in developing an inclusive and accessible campus environment encouraging life-long learning, citizenship, success, and wellbeing.

Strategic Plan for the Future of Student Affairs – 2018-2023

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 fall of 2017, 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: 

  • Promote student learning and development, resilience, retention and graduation;
  • Provide a diverse and distinctive Radford University student experience;
  • Provide safe, accessible, and inviting student-focused facilities, services and programs that enhance student life;
  • Strengthen staff retention and excellence.

Student Affairs Goals

1.    Promote student learning and development, resilience, retention, and graduation

·        Align student recruitment, academic outreach and retention activities to  enhance access, inclusiveness and student success

·        Provide enhanced resources for student academic and emotional support, thereby recognizing the interdependence and importance of academic and emotional support services

·       Examine the courses with high DFW (grade of D, failed or withdrawn) rates to determine the best strategy for improving course outcomes, achieving success and providing access to appropriate academic support

·       Promote cultural programming (arts, international, diversity, etc.) that encourages students, faculty and staff to actively engage with and understand different cultural viewpoints

·       Recognizing that faculty play an important role in student engagement with campus life, faculty will be strongly encouraged to integrate campus events as part of their course curriculum expectations

·       Encourage communication and regular dialogue among residential life, academic affairs and student affairs to enhance student retention


2.    Provide a diverse and distinctive Radford University student experience

·       Establish the Center for Highlander Engagement

·        Align student recruitment, academic outreach and retention activities to enhance access, inclusiveness and student success

·       Promote cultural programming (arts, international, diversity, etc.) that encourages students, faculty and staff to actively engage with and understand different cultural viewpoints

·      Recognizing that faculty play an important role in student engagement with  campus life, faculty will be strongly encouraged to integrate campus events as part of their course curriculum expectations

·      Encourage communication and regular dialogue among residential life, academic affairs and student affairs to enhance student retention

3.     Provide safe, accessible and inviting student focused facilities, services, and programs that enhance student life

·       Recognizing that faculty play an important role in student engagement with campus life, faculty will be strongly encouraged to integrate campus events as part of their course curriculum expectations

·      Align student recruitment, academic outreach and retention activities to enhance access, inclusiveness and student success

·       Promote cultural programming (arts, international, diversity, etc.) that encourages students, faculty and staff to actively engage with and understand different cultural viewpoints

·      Provide enhanced resources for student academic and emotional support, thereby recognizing the interdependence and importance of academic and emotional support services

·       Encourage communication and regular dialogue among residential life, academic affairs and student affairs to enhance student retention

·      In order to facilitate communication about campus events, all relevant social  media sites will be updated with information about campus events and programming (see ACCESS Radford goal in Economic Development)

4.   Strengthen staff retention and excellence

·       Promote cultural programming (arts, international, diversity, etc.) that encourages students, faculty and staff to actively engage with and understand different cultural viewpoints

·       Provide enhanced resources for student academic and emotional support, thereby recognizing the interdependence and importance of academic and emotional support services

·       In order to facilitate communication about campus events, all relevant social media sites will be updated with information about campus events and programming (see ACCESS Radford goal in Economic Development)