On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas, I am pleased to present our Annual Report for the 2011-2012 academic year. We value and celebrate the accomplishments of the departments, staff and programs that make up the Division of Student Affairs
In 2009, Chancellor G. David Gearhart realigned the Division of Student Affairs with the Division of Academic Affairs in support of his Students First vision for the University of Arkansas. Since that time, we have endeavored to enhance our efforts of establishing the institution as a premiere student-centered campus. In doing so, we adopted a self-developed challenge of moving all our programs from being good to great. I am pleased to share that the Division of Student Affairs is rapidly establishing departments and programs as models for peer institutions and as leaders in best practices.
Several changes transpired this past year, including the establishment of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) as an independent department. This new department, led by Angela Oxford, has established itself as a national leader in student-related service efforts, including being one of 5 schools nationally to be invited to the White House as a finalist in the Campus Champions of Change Challenge for our Full Circle Food Pantry. In addition, CCE’s Alternative Spring Break initiatives and Community Literacy outreach program are models.
In support of our continued investment in becoming the premiere strengths-based organization in American Higher Education, we appointed the first Director of Strengths Based Initiatives, Adrain Smith. In just the first year of operation, much has been accomplished in the division and many new partnerships have been forged within the campus and the community. While tremendous visibility is evident in our work with students, we continue to make strengths investments daily in our full-time, graduate and undergraduate student staff.
Following a year’s revision of the Code of Student Life in 2010-2011 with respects to both academic and behavioral aspects of the code, the Office of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct began operationalizing the new code in 2011-2012. Under the direction of Dr. Monica D. Holland, the recreated department saw record numbers of cases and built tremendous confidence in the new conduct system. To assist, the Division of Student Affairs added an additional support staff member to help facilitate the timely adjudication of cases to support the learning goals of the office.
These are just a few highlights from a very successful year. The following pages contain highlights from the great works of the staff comprising this Division. More information about any particular program or service is available through each department.
Please take some time to look around the site, which will help you to understand what the Division is about and how we are “strengthening students for success.”
Daniel J. Pugh, Sr., Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students
The Division of Student Affairs
We believe that learning, both inside and outside the classroom, is central to the University of Arkansas Experience and that the Division of Student Affairs is a significant partner in the development of a campus learning community. We recognize that this campus learning community is impacted by the individual's unique learning style and life experience. We believe our values (listed below) strengthen and enrich this learning environment.
- We are student centered
- We are an inclusive community
- We treat all individuals with dignity and respect
- We encourage and model civility in all relationships
- We provide friendly, helpful, and responsive service
- We embrace our role as scholars and educators
- We present the highest ethical standards based on trust, honesty, and integrity
- We are committed to the pursuit of professional excellence
- We strive for the acquisition and use of knowledge
- We act as partners and collaborators in all endeavors
The Division of Student Affairs will maximize the University of Arkansas Experience by challenging, supporting, and encouraging each student to become intellectually engaged, more self-aware, and strongly bonded to the university.
The Division of Student Affairs' mission is to help students achieve their goals through the provision of high quality support services and comprehensive programs that stimulate, enhance, and extend student learning; empowering University of Arkansas graduates to become active, engaged citizen leaders in Arkansas and throughout the world.
- Foster the development of an inclusive community
- Enhance student learning
- Promote professional and personal development
- Increase and responsibly manage resources
- Promote innovative programs and services
- Advocate rights and responsibilities
- Encourage the application and use of new and emerging technologies
“Strengthening Students for Success”