USC Division of Student Affairs Mission & Goals 2014-2017
“Empowering students to transform the world.”
Based on the aforementioned mission, the Division of Student Affairs has three major goals. These goals place students at the center.
The goals include:
- SUPPORT the academic, professional and personal success of students
- EDUCATE students to advocate for themselves and others, develop and broaden their knowledge of diversity and be agents of change.
- ENGAGE students in transformative co-curricular experiences to develop them into effective leaders, ambassadors and global citizens.
Student Engagement Strategic Initiatives
1. Build a best-practice based student leadership development curriculum. Quality leadership development contributes to well-rounded campus leaders and prepares students to become moral, ethical, and responsible participants in the larger global setting. Self-awareness and the ability to motivate and empower others are essential traits for the development of exceptional leaders. Student Affairs is committed to a modern and comprehensive leadership development curriculum based upon best practices utilized in higher education and corporate America.
2. Cultivate a culture of High-Impact Practices. High-Impact Practices (HIPs) are techniques and designs for teaching and learning that have proven to be beneficial for engagement and successful learning among students from many backgrounds. These practices take different forms, and directly contribute to the students’ cumulative learning process. Student Affairs is focused on building a curriculum and culture of High-Impact Practices.
3. Ensure that ALL student populations have access to the USC experience. Over the past 20 years, the university has evolved to include a more diverse student population. Emerging populations present new expectations and opportunities which must be examined and addressed. In the spirit of engagement, Student Affairs will ensure that all students have access to the complete USC experience.