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.
Embracing the value of collaboration
Through a model that embraces the value of collaboration, the Student Affairs Division has established seven teams and one task force within its staffing structure to address issues related to:
- Academic & Student Affairs Collaboration
- Community Standards & Expectations
- Men's Involvement Task Force
- Student Engagement
- Professional Development
At Longwood, we are about the business of educating the whole student to become a citizen leader dedicated to the common good.
2012-13 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 ensure program quality and to meet the increasing demands for accountability, each department within Student Affairs completes assessment on an on-going basis that focuses on University mission aligned student learning outcomes as well as program and service objectives. The Assessment Team works in conjunction with the Associate Dean and Vice-President for Student Affairs to oversee and facilitate the division's on-going assessment, research, and evaluation efforts.
- ATOD Team
The purpose of the ATOD Team is to utilize an environmental approach for Longwood's alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs education/prevention efforts.
- CARE Team
The CARE Team is comprised of representatives from academic and student affairs who meet regularly to discuss and develop interventions for individual student behavior before it escalates and becomes detrimental to the individual student or the Longwood community. The Team examines available information about the student and situation, including strategies already implemented to deal with the behavior, when developing alternate possible interventions. The Team also looks at patterns of student behavior to identify the need for new policy or programmatic response (e.g. sexual assault, alcohol abuse, misuse of medical withdrawal, etc.).
- Community Standards & Expectations 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.
- Men's Involvement Task Force
The purpose of the Men's Involvement Task Force is to better understand male students and their experiences at Longwood. Through collaboration, strategies and interventions will be implemented to improve the male experience, health, involvement, and self-understanding.
- Professional Development Team
As advocates of life-long learning, the Professional Development Team (PDT) has been established 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 seeks to provide a platform where curriculum and co-curricular opportunities focused on student learning and personal growth are available to all students. The Student Engagement Team will examine student behavior through institutional data to identify student participation in curriculum and other educationally purposeful activities. Through intentional collaboration the student engagement team will promote and facilitate purposeful student engagement throughout the campus community.