While each of our departments play a unique role in the student experience, it is vital that we acknowledge that we exist within the structure of a larger entity. Our assessment vision seeks to accomplish this by ensuring alignment between the Departments, the Division, and the University at large while allowing our departments to establish their priorities and methods of alignment.
The Division of Student Affairs seeks to uphold the Mission, Vision, and Goals of the University of Louisville. As such, the Mission, Vision and Goals of the Division of Student Affairs are heavily influenced by the Mission, Vision, and Goals of the University to ensure alignment.
Furthermore, as the university develops plans to achieve its goals through Strategic Planning, Accomplishment Tracking, and Student Success Initiatives, these plans become engrained into the assessment plan of the division and our departments through the development of outcomes to address our contribution to the university’s broader mission.
The Division of Student Affairs is comprised of several departments who share a common mission: to serve our students. As such, the Division has identified common objectives to which each of the departments is expected to contribute. These objectives ensure that the departments are continuing to contribute to the impact of the Division as a whole.
Each of our departments serve a unique purpose. As such, the departments develop their individual Mission, Vision, and Goals while ensuring alignment with the Division’s Mission, Vision, and Goals. The departments use their Mission, Vision, and Goals to develop individualized outcomes. This allows each department to evaluate their services, identify possible areas for improvement, and address these areas based on their internally established priorities.
As a means for achieving their goals, many of our departments develop programs, events and/or experiences for students. These experiences are expected to produce a benefit for the participants. While the exact benefit is highly dependent on the program, event and/or experience, it is necessary that we can demonstrate that these experiences are having the desired impact.
While every university’s organizational structure is unique, it is vital that there is some consistency in the role that similar departments play across higher education. To address this need for consistency, professional associations often develop standards to establish what shared qualities are to be expected. Our Division ensures alignment to these standards via the Program Review Process. The goal of a program review is to identify areas of improvement for the department. The department is then expected to act on these areas and demonstrate their improvement.