The Dean of Students Office at Wayne State University creates a dynamic campus community that develops and serves our diverse residential and commuter student population, as well as our global community by enhancing the academic experience through co-curricular programming, developing tomorrow's leaders through leadership programming and student organizations, and instilling school spirit and pride through campus activities. In support of the 2006-2007 University strategic plan, there are six core areas which guide student life, promote student retention, and are in partnership support with the academic mission of graduating a well rounded and prepared civic leader. These six core areas are: 1. Leadership Development 2. Student and Campus Activities 3. Student Support 4. Faculty Relationships 5. Residence Life 6. Student Organizations 1. Leadership Development-Engage students in leadership and volunteer opportunities to increase their knowledge and skills to be successful campus and community leaders. 1.1 Develop an Emerging Leaders Program to identify and develop new student leaders. 1.2 Introduce one new leadership program per year targeted to assist veteran student leaders further grow and develop their knowledge and skills. The development of these programs will be based on an annual student leaders needs assessment. 1.3 Continue to recognize student leaders and faculty advisors for excellence in programming and leadership through the Campus Life Leadership Awards. Expand the recognition program each year by adding awards that focus on student retention and success attributed to campus life and student life activities. 1.4 In partnership with the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Career Services, develop a student life transcript that allows students to document and communicate their campus leadership involvement. 1.5 In partnership with the Office of Career Services, develop a student assistant training program focused on leadership development and customer service. 1.6 Expand student involvement in signature programs Alternative Spring Break-Detroit and Leadership Orientation in Urban Detroit. Create Alternative Break programs, to include leadership and service opportunities during other University break periods, including Thanksgiving break and winter break. 2. Student Activities 2.1 Conduct a yearly quality of student life and campus activities needs assessment to gauge student interests, ideas, and attitudes related to campus life. 2.2 Continue to provide exciting and provocative student activities that engage students in the University. Through the campus life needs assessment, identify one new all campus student activity to introduce each year. 2.3 Continue to establish University traditions through campus life programs. Create a campus life traditions website and lore in partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations. 2.4 In partnership with student leaders, the Athletic Department and the Office of Marketing and Communications, develop a more cohesive and branded school spirit program. 2.5 Establish a Dean of Students Student Advisory Council to advise and discuss pertinent student issues and concerns. 2.6 Establish a Dean of Students Community Advisory Council comprised of local civic leaders missioned to engage students in the activities of the city of Detroit. 2.7 Through student assessment, identify successful and influential forms of marketing and promotions of student life and campus activities. Identify cost saving measures to significantly eliminate printed promotional materials and work with the Office of Marketing and Publications and the Office of Special Events to establish a comprehensive University and city events calendar. 2.8 Develop promotional avenues whereby students may send student life and campus activities event information to each other through social networking sites and any future emerging technologies that allow for interactivity between the Dean of Students Office and students. 2.9 In partnership with the Associate Vice President for Community Outreach, establish a plan to better engage extension center students into the fabric of student life and campus activities. 2.10 Electronically monitor the use of Dean of Students Office online promotions, services, and support to determine usefulness and effectiveness. Annually assess whether to continue, improve, or eliminate those that are unused and/or ineffective. 2.11 Create and sponsor activities that focus on student engagement in city attractions. Assess these events to monitor student interest in such activities. 2.12 Highlight local happenings through consolidated electronic communications so students can become integrally connected with city cultural and social activities. 2.13 The primary fund source of student organization activities is the Student Council. Special Event Fund events (events with budget allocations greater than $2,000) will be required to have an assessment component to them. Additionally, each year, in conjunction with the Student Council, the Dean of Students Office will conduct an evaluation of these Special Event Fund events to evaluate participation in, and awareness of, major Student Council sponsored campus events. 2.14 In support of the Healthy Campus Initiative, assess campus health programming needs and program in support of such needs. 3. Student Advocacy and Support 3.1 Through the annual student life and campus activities needs assessment, identify and implement additional student life support services. 3.2 Enhance the Dean of Students Office's role as a student advocacy center by developing low cost, electronic resources to assist students with concerns, questions, and needs they have. 3.3 Continue the flow of communication with offices key to student life and campus activities through the ongoing Student Update and Information Team committee to help identify students who need increased assistance and/or attention as well; identify student life concerns that require attention and action; identify problem areas/processes/issues within the University that need attention. As chair, the Dean of Students will administer these issues and concerns and coordinate their successful resolution. 3.4 Model the successful parent information helpline by establishing a similar one for students. Establish it through low cost electronic means that meet the electronic habits of students (text messaging, instant messaging, online chats, etc.). 3.5 Conduct an annual assessment of parent involvement and information services. Use this as a tool to offer one new resource to parents and family members each year. 3.6 Establish a student life and campus activities parents advisory council. 3.7 Use low cost electronic resources to educate and inform parents and family members of important university resources and common student life issues. 4. Faculty Relationships 4.1 Increase the amount and level of involvement of faculty in student life and campus activities. 4.2 Assess faculty interests, attitudes, and concerns about student life and campus activities. 4.3 Educate the campus community about student life and campus activities issues by partnering with the Office of Marketing and Publications to establish a student affairs column in Life@Wayne. 4.4 Increase the number of faculty serving as advisors to student organizations. 4.5 Develop resources and support for faculty advisors through electronic resources as well as workshops and programs. 4.6 Increase the number of faculty that participate in Dean of Students Office sponsored events. 4.7 Develop faculty recognition program for excellence in supporting student life and campus activities. 4.8 Continue to partner with and educate faculty on Student Code of Conduct policies and procedures to increase knowledge and enforcement of said policies in the classroom and create a thriving academic environment. 5. Residence Life 5.1 Create an on-campus living environment that promotes increased student success and retention. 5.2 Conduct beginning and end of academic year assessment of residence hall students to determine needs, interests, and concerns leading to the continued development and implementation of an on-campus living environment that promotes increased student success and retention. 5.3 Establish the residence halls as a national leader in academic success programming through strengthening partnerships with other university offices to embed academic programs into the fabric of daily living. This will involve weekly programs for residents, including tutoring, workshops, advising, and financial aid planning. 5.4 Develop a faculty and staff residence life advisory committee to focus on student academic success and campus life engagement. 5.5 Partner with the Office of the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Programs and General Education to begin offering academic classes in the residence halls. 5.6 Develop relationships between faculty and students through the Learning Communities program, themed floors, and other programs to increase the support for students and their academic lives. 5.7 Focus the resident advisor programming model on student academic success through programs paying attention to academics and health for a well-rounded and involved individual. 5.8 Develop a resident advisor training program that is a national model for training and preparing residence life paraprofessionals to focus on academic success. Training will take place each August, January, and April, with weekly in-service programs throughout the academic year. Training will be assessed tri-annually (August, January, and April). 5.9 Continue to develop a comprehensive resident orientation program to lead residents to safe and successful residence hall living. Work with the Office of Orientation and the iStart program to merge this resident orientation into general new student orientation. 5.10 Develop the residence hall student councils to serve as social networking entities for residents and provide quality community building programs for residents. Involve the residence life system in the Association of College and University Housing Officers. Involve students in attending regional and national hall council conferences. 5.11 Annually review the residence hall judicial system with an annual report of cases, a meeting to discuss the process, and benchmark reviews of processes and issues with the residence hall judicial system nationally. 5.12 Partner with the Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution program to establish a peer mediation program in the residence halls. 5.13 Facilitate partnerships between student organizations and resident advisors to promote on-campus programs and student organization involvement. Involve student organization leaders on the residence life advisory committee. 6. Student Organizations Services 6.1 Introduce 2 new online student organization services each year, to include education on completing all university financial and event planning forms. 6.2 Introduce a quarterly student organization leaders roundtable to allow student leaders to come together and share concerns, ideas, and programs and discuss leadership skills. 6.3 Develop one new program per year that meets the needs of student organizations based upon their yearly organizational goals they submit to the Dean of Students Office through their online recognition process and a needs assessment survey. 6.4 Through partnership with the Detroit Orientation Institute and the Dean of Students Office's Leadership Orientation in Urban Detroit program, assist student organizations with involvement in the Detroit community. 6.5 In partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations, establish an alumni advising structure for student organizations and develop alumni constituency groups focused around student organizations. 6.6 Develop an online system whereby interested students can quickly and effectively learn about student organization involvement opportunities and become involved in student groups. 6.7 There is a need to better unify the fraternity and sorority community. The Dean of Students Office will lead this effort through: *Development of an office advising structure for fraternities and sororities. *Establishment of an all Greek council. *Establishment of a Greek organizations advisors council. 6.8 Assist the Student Council with leading efforts to establish a statewide organization involving the 15 Michigan public universities student council presidents. Establish this in conjunction with the Office of Government and Community Affairs and the President's Council of Michigan. 6.9 Assist the Student Council in further simplifying the budget allocation process. 6.10 Establish a Student Council website that provides services for involvement and resource acquisition from the Student Council. 6.11 Develop a Student Council program that involves first-year students in campus governance. 6.12 Assist the Student Council in evaluating its effectiveness among its constituency and lead the Student Council to make adaptations based on this assessment. 6.13 Maintain the business operations of The South End student newspaper.