Strategic Planning and Assessment

The Student Affairs Assessment Committee works annually to systematically collect, review, and use information about the effectiveness of services and programs provided by each unit comprising the Division of Student Affairs for the purpose of improving student learning and development. The committee also consults with departments to assist in the effective implementation of assessment plans.

For more information about Student Affairs Planning and Assessment, contact the Division of Student Affairs at 419-372-2147 or

The Division of Student Affairs will transform student success by providing comprehensive, intentional programs and services that focus on expectations, support, assessment/feedback, and involvement.

A - Track usage/participation in programs and services with a goal of achieving 90% targeted usage/participation goals.
B - Track student retention in Divisional programs with a goal of higher retention and GPA averages for students who participate versus those who do not participate in Divisional programming.
C - Document learning outcomes using the AAC&U value rubrics with a goal of two signature program assessment projects per Divisional department/office annually.
D - Leverage technology opportunities to advance student success initiatives.

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to creating an atmosphere that celebrates diversity and respects all students, staff, and faculty. We strive to advocate for all students, especially for those who belong to under served populations. We hold ourselves and each other accountable for challenging biases, norms, and privilege and for becoming multi-culturally competent professionals. We work toward a vision of a university, guided by the Division’s Diversity Plan, where all individuals feel valued,w engaged, and a sense of belonging to the university community.

A - Recruit, hire, and retain student and professional employees that are representative of demographics of student population.
B - Provide education on cultural competencies to students and staff as measured by the attendance with a goal of a 5% increase annually.
C - Administer a climate survey every two years.

The Division of Student Affairs will identify, leverage, and develop strategic partnerships.

A - Establish collaborations internally and externally, that increase revenue, recruitment or retention of students.
B - Support academic partnerships as measured by the number and type of Student Affairs collaborations with academic affairs.
C - Encourage professional development and participation by members of the Division of Student Affairs as measured by the number of presentations, publications completed, and services to professional organizations.
D - Cultivate fundraising opportunities in an effort to measure partnerships and alumni/donor gifts to Student Affairs.
E - Foster intentional partnerships with the local community to create an environment that is collaborative, welcoming, and inclusive for all members of the BGSU community.

The Division of Student Affairs will maximize and sustain resources for success both now and in the future.

A - Increase revenue generation by 5% annually through entrepreneurial activities, alumni/donor gifts, grants, and sponsorships.
B - Evaluate existing facilities and create a long term plan for capital improvement and sustainability.
C - Review programs and services to identify ROI through an established matrix that focuses on student engagement and retention

The Division of Student Affairs will develop communication strategies and infrastructure to engage and inform stakeholders, and increase the understanding of the impact of student affairs.

A - Develop an annual report that highlights the key performance indicators from each Divisional department/office and establishes a marketing plan for key statistics from the report.
B - Strengthen communications with students and others regarding stakeholder matters of interest and impact.

Critical and Constructive Thinking

  • Critique ideas and concepts by both peers and leaders inside and outside the classroom
  • Ability to evaluate information, ideas, and arguments to formulate personal meaning
  • Create, identify, and analyze life choices
  • Explore and respect the values of others
  • Apply knowledge in practical ways
Examining Values
  • Determine and clarify personal values
  • Explore values and recognize the implications of our values through involvement
  • Assess personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Make value-based decisions
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn and grow through others
Solving Problems Creatively
  • Be open to multiple options or diverse alternatives
  • Ascertain possible outcomes through research in academic, career, and personal settings
  • Think critically and proactively with regards to failed choices or solutions
  • Formulate a plan for alternative solutions or decisions
  • Being strategic with regards to planning and adapting to changing environments

Effective Communication

  • Research, integrate, support and defend ideas
  • Produce clear and concise written communications (i.e., email, proposals, memos, fiction)
  • Develop correct sentence, paragraph, and document structure for written pieces
  • Apply professional standards and citations to written documents
  • Analyze audience needs to determine appropriate and thorough presentation methods (hands-on activities, support materials, group work, etc.
  • Provide effective presentations to engage the audience through the utilization of technology (audio, visual, tactile, etc.)
  • Demonstrate a confidence presentation style through the application of credible knowledge, clear annunciation, and the ability to read verbal/non-verbal cues
  • Proactively apply methods for gathering feedback on the clarity of the message and the accuracy of audience understanding

Engaging Others in Action

  • Role model active engagement and contribute to the success of organizations
  • Motivate and encourage the interaction of others
  • Balance participation between personal life and academic and career endeavors
  • Learn, develop, and demonstrate leadership skills
  • Role model good team member behavior and lead by example
  • Facilitate engaging discussion and manage group conflict resolution
  • Develop unique and innovative solutions to personal and team challenges

General Knowledge

General Knowledge Development
  • Utilize technology to advance knowledge and skills in all disciplines
  • Accept responsibility for the well-being of oneself, family, and community
  • Apply discipline knowledge to real world settings
  • Relate co-curricular experience to educational experience and vice versa
  • Be aware of issues and events that have an impact on people at local, state, national, and global levels

Specialized Knowledge

Career and Specialization Development
  • Develop an expertise in a particular disciplinary area or major
  • Advance the knowledge and core concepts of a chosen profession
  • Apply expertise in chosen discipline to solve problems in societal and work related situations
  • Develop a meaningful and personal career action plan
  • Recognize opportunities to apply specialized skills in different areas

Personal Development

Exploration of Purpose
  • Understand the consequences for one’s actions on local, state, national and global levels
  • Act with diplomacy and respect for oneself and others
  • Develop meaning and purpose through self-exploration
Ethics and Values Exploration
  • Improve cultural competence through the interaction and inclusion with others different from oneself
  • Explore one's strengths and weaknesses as they relate to values and ethics
  • Develop character through the explorations of personal values and ethical decision making
  • Explore and apply wellness across the lifespan
  • Learn and practice preventative health behaviors
  • Demonstrate responsible practices that contribute to environmental wellness
  • Appreciate balance in all aspects of wellness
  • Develop financial literacy for self and organization
  • Accept responsibility for one's own actions (understanding deadlines, punctuality, take initiative, keeping one's word)
  • Develop and assess personal plans for growth and development
  • Commit to life-long learning by challenging self to higher standards.
  • Demonstrate ethical integrity

Civic and Community Involvement

Values-Driven Decision Making
  • Work with other to make decisions for the greater good of the community
  • Show understanding of the value of committed involvement in local, state, national, and global opportunities
  • Promote sustainability through environmentally conscious decision making
Community Involvement
  • Demonstrate active and civic involvement by giving back and sharing knowledge
  • Identify and implement the practices of sustainability
  • Appreciate and model the importance of volunteerism in achieving shared objectives
  • Practice good citizenship by holding active membership, ownership, and commitment to community groups, programs, BGSU, etc.
  • Become an advocate for important social issue that relates to personal and community values
Understanding Diverse Perspectives
  • Acknowledge, respect, and be open to difference
  • Make an effort to understand the ideas, values, and beliefs of others
  • Advocate for social justice
  • Understand one's own personal identities and appreciate that of others
  • Learn to seek similarities to bridge differences between self and others
  • Build multicultural competence through developing intercultural relationships

Synthesis of Advanced Accomplishments

  • Apply academic knowledge and co-curricular experience to further career and personal goals
  • Be able to research, collect information, experiment and summarize findings
  • Synthesize and associate the connection between, learning, experiences, and skills
  • Integrate knowledge to assess strengths and develop of personal autonomy
  • Apply knowledge through personal actions, group participation, audience and group awareness, and leadership
  • Develop life skills and demonstrate the ability to use personal resources and strengths for career development
  • Develop a portfolio to capture and showcase personal accomplishments (E-portfolio, certifications, work experiences, projects, awards, etc.)
  • Recognize and identify new ideas to transform knowledge into actions to benefit the greater community
  • Create a career action plan that continuously seeks opportunities for expanding personal and professional development
  • Recognize and enhance one’s strengths and weaknesses to develop a sense of personal autonomy and empowerment
  • Through the reflection of experiences, explore and refine personal priorities and values through oral and written communication
  • Develop the ability to articulate and discuss the reflection of shared and individual experiences in group settings
  • Develop the ability to assess and evaluate organizational and personal performance to enhance success