Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Accomplishments 2009-2010
- 1,636 students took advantage of drop-in advising
- Despite the poor economy, the World of Work (WOW) event attracted
more than 60 employers, including Disney, who came for the
first time to recruit. Twelve SSU students were selected
to participate in their Summer Internship Program. More than
770 students used the Career Center.
- Entering class of 110 EOP first-time freshmen for Fall 2009
Center for Student Leadership, Involvement, and Service (CLIS)
- CSLIS facilitated the successful expansion of the sorority
and fraternity community. Starting in Fall 2010 SSU will
house 18 Greek organizations and will welcome Phi Sigma Sigma
and Alpha Sigma Phi as the newest members of the community.
Currently the number of students involved in the Greek community
is approximately 13% of the total SSU population.
- CSLIS facilitated the largest ever Sorority Recruitment in
the fall. Two-hundred+ women were placed in national sororities
and another 100+ women were placed in local and multicultural
- Spring 2010 saw a transition of student government elections
to an online voting process. A larger number of students
(2,044) voted which equated to 26.4% of the student population
in comparison to roughly 13.3% last year.
- CSLIS transitioned student organization software management
to a new software portal called OrgSync. This tool will enable
both CSLIS but other campus life areas to more effectively
manage student engagement, participation and share resources/information
with our student body. To date, there are more than 1,800
student users in the SSU system.
- CSLIS partnered with SSU Athletics and Associated Student
Productions to host the 1st annual Greek and Athletic Leadership
Series. There were two educational workshops:
- “Survival 101: A campus safety/security workshop”
- “Making Life Matter: A values based conversation
with the community.”
- Justin Sipes joined the team as the new Campus Life Advisor
in June 2010 and is a graduate of Bowling Green State University
in the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program.
Justin will serve as the primary advisor to student organizations
and Greek Life.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Direct Service Hours To Students
- Increased direct service productivity by 10% with permanent
clinical staff, despite reduced hours due to furloughs.
- Increased overall direct service hours by 24% (factoring
in part-time counselor hours).
- Total number of direct service hours during the 2009/2010
academic year: 2,259. This was accomplished by reorganizing
departmental priorities, decreasing intern training activities,
monitoring counselor case loads, and implementing reminder
calls for student appointments.
“Helping Students in Distress” Guide
- Produced and distributed detailed online guide for faculty
and staff to assist in the understanding, management, and
referral process of students in emotional distress.
Revised Faculty Counselor RTP
- Rewrote Faculty Counselor RTP to include more comprehensive
criteria related to scholarship, research, creative achievement,
and professional development.
- Added extra online mental health screenings, increased self-help
resources, added “For Veterans” link to provide Veterans
with a variety of resources, and with permission from Georgia
Southern University, linked to their website to offer students
a variety of relaxation audio exercises and stress reduction
- Held various presentations and trainings for numerous departments
and organizations including Residential Life, EOP, and SRJC.
Also conducted workshops for campus as a whole on topics
such as sexual assault awareness, stress and anxiety management,
depression and eating disorder awareness, and suicide prevention.
Disability Services for Students (DSS)
Expanded Disability Awareness Week
- Disability/Diversity campaign: “How Disabilities Contribute
to a Diverse World,” held a poster contest, held the Delta
Alpha Pi Honors Society awards banquet, organized “Under
Our Skin” film and panel (physicians, vector control, community
members), held various movie nights (film themes corresponded
to Brown Bag topics) throughout the week, and arranged for
Brown Bag lunch speakers
- Obtained 10 web licenses for Kurzweil 3000, purchased web-based
Kurzweil software, which is a text-to-speech software program
that provides multisensory learning to students with disabilities,
whenever and wherever needed.
Dare To Care Faculty/Staff Training
- Customized online faculty training program to help faculty
better understand disabilities, the functional limitations
associated with disabilities, and appropriate accommodations
for students. Program will launch in mid-September with faculty
incentives (e.g., goodie bag) for completing all modules.
Services To Students
- Despite loss of staff and furloughs, DSS was able to maintain
quality services to students with disabilities and kept campus
compliant with ADA, Section 504, Section 508, and EO 926.
- DSS staff member, Scott Kupferman, authored “CollaborATe,”
(a Google-like search engine to educate users on assistive
technology applications) and launched in partnership with
EnAct. Various software is currently supported.
- Conducted successful block enrollment of first-time freshmen,
both phases (remedial courses and pilot program with pre-major
courses for Pre-Business students) for the incoming Fall
- Collaborated with CMS and modified the system to adhere to
the changes brought on with EO1037 — repeats, incompletes
and withdrawals. Have been successful in blocking students
from retaking courses for which they have received a passing
grade of C or better (unless given special permission from
the instructor), and preventing students from re-registering
for courses in which they presently have an Incomplete, enhancing
efforts toward the Graduation Initiative
- In collaboration with CMS, developed and put into production
the Major Course Substitution process. While there was limited
faculty participation, the process is built and working,
allowing those advisors who do participate in the Substitution
process to enable their students to have a more accurate
Degree Progress Report. This is also an effort toward the
- This year marked the opening of one of SSU’s newest living/learning
communities (LLCs), based on a social justice and diversity
theme. Forty first-time freshman joined MOSAIC (Making our
Space an Inclusive Community). This successful pilot linked
two courses in the fall semester and two in the spring semester.
A second year LLC has been created to allow continuing students
the possibility of participating in MOSAIC as MOSAIC Mentors
Sophomore Year Experience
- This year marked the pilot of SYE—2Engage LLC for continuing
students. Fifty students participated in a living and learning
program that addressed the major pillars of sophomore/junior
concerns: academics, career, life purpose, leadership and
involvement, and was linked with Univ. 237: Career Life Planning.
Given its success, it has been expanded in 2010-11. All continuing
students, approximately 1,300, will participate regardless
of which village they choose to live. Coordinated efforts
with Alumni Office, Development, Advising Career and EOP
and department faculty will continue.
Freshman Interest Groups (FIG) and First Year Experience (FYE)
- These LLCs continued to be strong, with residents of these
programs earning the highest GPA of any first-time freshman
(3.25 in their first semester). Between the two programs
45 faculty remain involved and engaged in the residential
community. For 2010-11, FYE has been expanded to 192 students
due to popularity, and FIG has added its 10th program: Pre-Nursing.
- More than 1,000 programs and 75 trips were offered to residents
by Weekend Programming, CSAs, CO-OP leaders, the Healthily
Living and Adventure buildings, FIG, FYE and 2 Engage. Continued
collaboration with Rec Center, ASP and student life remained
strong, as did new programs with Student Health Center on
H1N1 and CAPS. Within our focus areas many programs on Human
Awareness and Diversity, Sustainability, Citizenship and
Civility, Life Skills Academic Initiatives, Mind Body and
Spirit and Alcohol and Drug Education were presented.
- 4 Year Leadership Model, with the refinement of the job description,
training, duties and expectations for our 2nd year CSAs.
With the addition of a 3rd year CSA and Graduate CSA positions,
Res Life has continued to expand the student leadership opportunities
within the department. Residential Life is home to 90 student
Student Health Center
- Achieved accreditation from the Accreditation Association
for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) for the maximum three-year
time period for the seventh consecutive cycle.
- Provided cost effective, student centered health care, including
the provision of approximately 16,000 separate face-to-face
medical visits as well as thousands of immunizations, diagnostic
lab and x-ray tests, medications, and health education, telephone,
and outreach encounters.
- Provided leadership, direct medical services, public health
interventions, prevention programs, and immunizations related
to the H1N1 flu pandemic.
- Enhanced key partnerships with Sonoma County Department of
Health Services, the SSU Nursing Department, Residential
Life, University Affairs, and others in light of the new
challenges posed by the H1N1 flu pandemic and other campus
life and health related issues.
- Provided educational, internship, leadership, mentoring,
and outreach experiences for students. Supported diversity
efforts through the SHC laboratory, pharmacy, health education,
and the Student Health Advisory Committee. Encouraged individual
supportive relationships between SHC staff and students,
as well as involvement in Student Affairs and Enrollment
Management collaborations and strategic planning efforts.
University Support and Preparation Services
Project METEOR established in local schools
- Project METEOR identifies and encourages young girls to pursue
and succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM))
fields through high school and into college. Project METEOR
is funded under the Women’s Educational Equity Act through
the Office of Innovation and Improvement within the U.S.
Department of Education and has just completed year one of
McNair Scholars enrolled the first cohort of 16 participants
in graduate schools throughout the nation
- The McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program prepares
underrepresented SSU undergraduates for the transition to
graduate school and the eventual Ph.D. assisting with the
national goal of diversifying the professoriate. The McNair
Scholars program is funded by the Office of Postsecondary
Education, U.S. Department of Education.
Pre-College Programs served a record number of Upward Bound students
- The four SSU Upward Bound projects (Sonoma County, North,
Lake and Math/Science) served 252 potential college students
providing academic instruction, advising and skills designed
to bring about success in college. Upward Bound programs
are funded through the federal Office of TRIO Programs within
the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of
Academic Talent Search modified operations to comply with new
- The Talent Search program, in response to new regulations
brought about by the Higher Education Opportunity Act, has
modified the academic component. The project will now track
A-G completion and be responsible by new objectives to meet
a higher percent of A-G completion. This will be accomplished
through tutoring programs, algebra and geometry summer residential
programs and other modifications to ensure success of participants.
Academic Talent Search is funded through the federal Office
of TRIO Programs within the Office of Postsecondary Education,
U.S. Department of Education.