Mission

Student Affairs supports Longwood's mission to prepare citizen leaders by providing educational and co-curricular opportunities designed to challenge and support students as they learn and develop. Through intentional collaboration with campus partners, we create an engaging, diverse and inclusive community that positively influences student learning, development, and success. Student Affairs functions in partnership with Academic Affairs and Student Success to integrate knowledge gained in both curricular and co-curricular settings and teach students competencies, skills, and values needed to serve and lead lives of purpose and meaning.


Vision

With a growing student population currently of 4,500, Student Affairs is committed to providing transformative student learning experiences that equip students as citizen leaders and life-long learners capable of achieving personal excellence within an ever-changing and increasingly diverse global society. At Longwood, every student counts and by addressing the holistic needs of each, we aim to optimize individual potential, healthy choices, a passion for learning and serving, and a respect for differences.

 

Core Values 

  • Student, staff, and faculty wellbeing
  • Proactive and value-added programs, policies, and procedures
  • Responsible stewardship of resources and personnel
  • Collaboration and open communication
  • Civil discourse and restorative justice


Structure

Longwood's mission to prepare citizen leaders for the common good guides Student Affairs' commitment to the development of the whole student. Through intentional learning opportunities - teaching, mentoring, activities, service, counseling, and advising - our team of professionals is dedicated to challenging and supporting students through multiple forms of reflective and integrated learning while promoting community, pluralism, civility, honor, and integrity.

Student Affairs 2018-19 Org Chart (pdf)

 

Strategic Goals and Objectives:

  1. Focus on holistic, high-impact, student-centered, and learning-centered programs and practices
    1. Identify the unique needs, abilities, and interests of emerging and existing student populations and develop strategies and recommendations for programs and policies to ensure success for all.
    2. Ensure accessibility of services and programs by adopting non-traditional working hours and universal access practices, when appropriate.
    3. Provide an integrated approach to health and well-being that highlights the connection between individual well-being and student success.
    4. Assist campus constituents in discerning the difference between students in distress and students in crisis, and provide appropriate referral and resources information.
    5. Work with institutional and survey data to discover and address factors that influence student success and retention.
    6. Serve as coaches, supervisors, mentors, providers, educators, and advisors to help students make meaning of their college experiences increasing the chances of a successful transition to and from college.
    7. Develop policies, procedures, programs, and opportunities for all students that will foster self-efficacy and emotional resiliency.  
  2. Model and promote personal and social responsibility, intercultural competencies, and global awareness
    1. Encourage and provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage with and contribute to their local communities.
    2. Develop a variety of methods to inform students of their rights, responsibilities, expectations for conduct, and provide multiple opportunities/resources for education and assistance.
    3. Sponsor training and instruction for students, faculty, and staff related to risk management, ethical decision-making, bystander intervention, well-being, and healthy choices.
    4. Develop programs and practices to increase awareness and appreciation of students’ varying cultural, gender, sexual, ethnic, disability, religious, and spiritual identities.
    5. Continue to support student participation in experiential and transformative learning opportunities to increase global awareness and consciousness.
    6. Sponsor trainings and programs for the campus community to increase empathy and cultural awareness and competencies.
    7. Provide sexual assault and misconduct prevention, education, and remediation that is current with federal and state legislation.
  3. Collaborate with partners to foster integrated and reflective learning, purposeful engagement, and academic success
    1. Designate resources and establish campus-wide working groups to foster, encourage, and highlight collaborative partnering across key strategic issues; acknowledge staff participation on University and Community committees and task forces.
    2. Collaborate actively to provide transformative, value-added experiences so students explore purposively and succeed academically.
    3. Increase the capacity for aligning out-of-class experiences with Civitae Core learning outcomes advancing opportunities for more formalized integrated and reflective learning.  
    4. Collaborate with partners to support an early alert program and appropriate interventions for at-risk students.
    5. Explore possibilities for high-impact practices that will enhance academic success and provide increased opportunities for student/faculty/staff interactions outside the classroom.
    6. Students will develop transferrable skills and learn-by-doing by engaging in experiences outside the classroom including research, service learning, community and civic engagement, internships, alternative break options, Brock experiences, and/or study abroad.
    7. Develop creative strategies for using spaces in ways that will encourage student assimilation and affinity with each other and the University.  
    8. Collaborate actively with partners to coordinate and offer complementary curricular and co-curricular opportunities for student leadership development.
  4. Strengthen a culture of continuous improvement committed to excellence
    1. To increase financial stability, generate alternative sources of revenue by pursuing grant opportunities and designating signature projects that would attract giving and philanthropy; explore ways to share and minimize expenses.
    2. Develop a grant program to fund innovative assessment initiatives and projects; reward staff who provide written evidence of continuous improvement and excellence by using assessment data to inform change.
    3. Explore alternative and proactive means of recruiting, hiring, and retaining a more diverse staff.
    4. Promote and support more holistic choices for students and staff by adopting creative, non-traditional staffing and operational expectations.
    5. Create expectations and provide incentives for solution-oriented, data-driven decisions.
    6. Employ externally-defined professional standards to systematically evaluate all programs and services as a means of improving student learning and institutional effectiveness.
    7. Develop area-wide assessment and reporting expectations that are aligned with Longwood’s institutional mission and accreditation expectations and employ varied assessment measures, performance indicators, and benchmarking.
    8. Adjust program expectations based on shifting student demographics and emerging populations; utilize new technology and other delivery modes without losing personal connection with students.