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Why Does Student Affairs have Teams within its Staffing Structure?
"Academic learning and student development are processes that must be put together in a format that requires all the resources of the academy to function together in an integrated manner on behalf of students."
The Student Affairs staff at Longwood University embraces the foundational premise of the document Learning Reconsidered 2, which states that academic learning and student development should no longer be considered as separate and distinct processes defined in curricular and co-curricular terms. All academy resources should function together in an integrated manner on behalf of students and furthermore, engaging students outside the classroom cannot be addressed from individual departments or "silos" within Student Affairs. Consequently, six teams within our staffing structure have been established to address issues related to: academic and student affairs collaboration; outcomes assessment and learning; community standards and expectations; student engagement; professional development; and wellness. At Longwood, we are about the business of educating the whole student to become a citizen leader dedicated to the common good. Through collaboration with our campus partners and each other, we can better support, challenge, and assist each student along his or her journey.
At Longwood, we are about the business of educating the whole student to become a citizen leader dedicated to the common good.
2013-2014 Student Affairs Team Structure
- Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration Team
The Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration Team provides opportunities that are conducive to collaboration among faculty / staff / campus partners and initiatives that enhance student engagement throughout the learning environment.
- Assessment Team
To enhance student learning and ensure program quality, each department within Student Affairs completes ongoing assessment that focuses on mission aligned student learning outcomes as well as strategic program and service objectives. The Assessment Team works in conjunction with the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs to oversee, support, and facilitate on-going assessment, research, and evaluation.
- ATOD Team
The purpose of the ATOD Team is to utilize a comprehensive approach for Longwood’s alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs education/prevention efforts.
- Community Standards Team
The Community Standards and Expectations Team examines current policies, procedures, and practices for effectiveness and consistency with industry standard, "best" practices; identifies and recommends to the Vice President for Student Affairs policies, procedures, and practices that need to be revised; and promotes the integration of Student Affairs within other areas of campus life.
- Professional Development Team
As advocates of life-long learning, the Professional Development Team (PDT) works with the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs to plan and facilitate intentional, on-going professional development opportunities for the Student Affairs staff and select campus partners.
- Student Engagement Team
The Student Engagement Team will assist students in connecting to the campus community through campus organizations and programs. We will work together to collaborate on campus programs to provide a diverse array of opportunities for the students.