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STRATEGIC PLAN 2016-2019

MISSION

The Tulane University Division of Student Affairs cultivates a socially responsible community to support students in leading lives of integrity, developing to their full potential, engaging with each other in meaningful ways, and achieving academic excellence.


CORE VALUES

LIVE IN COMMUNITY

True to our motto, Non sibi, sed suis, (Not for one’s self but for one’s own) we believe we have an obligation to one another. We pledge our best efforts in creating an educationally purposeful, open, just, disciplined, thoughtful and caring Tulane. We advocate for each other and are responsible and accountable participants in the New Orleans community in which we live. This resilient city is rich in culture and traditions which we celebrate, respect, and value.

BE PERSON-CENTERED

People are at the center of our work and deserve our finest efforts. We are committed to an individual and developmental approach that honors our multiple and intersectional identities and inspires us to be our best.

LEAD LIVES OF INTEGRITY

Each of us has the capacity to cultivate a purposeful and principled life, leading by example. We strive to foster the highest potential within individuals and hold ourselves to sound personal and professional ethical principles. We are each responsible for our actions, and expect this of others.

ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY & INNOVATION

The world is rapidly changing. Responding to the complex issues of the 21st century relies on our ability to ignite creativity and innovation within our education and our work. We foster environments characterized by original thinking, where diversity, creativity, risk, and experimentation can flourish.

EDUCATE THE WHOLE PERSON

We view education from a comprehensive and holistic perspective. We believe students are best educated in an environment where their intellectual development is integrated with their physical, social, emotional, creative, and spiritual growth. We believe higher education has the ability to liberate individuals when considered comprehensively, and we seek to contribute to this transcendent approach to education.

COMMIT TO HEALTHY LIVING

Much like the resilient New Orleans community in which we live, we are committed to a future of growth, health and well-being. Individually and collectively, by attending to mind, body and spirit, we are better prepared to serve as effective agents of change in the world. We promote care and concern for others and demonstrate respect for the inherent dignity and worth of all people.

MODEL INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE

Multicultural educational experiences and relationships are essential to increasing social and cultural understanding and generating innovative knowledge for the 21st century. We work to foster a sense of well-being and belonging among people of all backgrounds. We engage with each other and the diverse communities of New Orleans with humility, self-awareness, flexibility, respect, and reciprocity. And, we cultivate spaces where authentic dialogues promote transformational learning.

OVERVIEW

The Tulane University Division of Student Affairs’ three year strategic plan is grounded in the mission, core values, and strategic directions of the Division which emerged from a yearlong planning process involving our internal and external stakeholders.


STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS

ENHANCE THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL TULANE STUDENTS

Through dynamic collaboration with partners, we create experiences that challenge and support all students as they travel from matriculation through graduation. We deliver purposeful learning experiences to prepare students for the complexities of the 21st century.

GOALS

• Provide meaningful, innovative, and integrated learning experiences for all Tulane students;

• Build integrated student experiences that promote community and foster Tulane traditions; and,

• Advance strategic partnerships with critical stakeholders through key initiatives and programs that support student retention, persistence, and graduation.

 

CREATE A MORE DIVERSE & INCLUSIVE TULANE UNIVERSITY

We believe that every student should have a sense of belonging and purpose. To that end, we work diligently to create a cohesive community where individual identities are honored and where we learn from one another based on our differences and commonalities. We cultivate spaces where authentic dialogues promote transformational learning. We provide members of our community with courage and the tools to intervene when we witness bias, discrimination, harassment, or other forms of harm.

GOALS

• Foster a sense of belonging and purpose for all Tulane students; and,

• Demonstrate an active and intentional commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.

 

COMMUNICATE OUR SHARED IDENTITY & IMPACT AS TULANE STUDENT AFFAIRS

The Division of Student Affairs provides a wide array of programs, services, facilities and experiences that support and inspire students at all levels and through all stages of their development. Our diversity of functions stands as a foundation for our unified identity as an essential resource and advocate for students. We communicate and model this shared identity through consistent internal and external communications characterized by transparency, consistency, respect, and integrity.

GOALS

• Create and promote a shared Division of Student Affairs identity; and,

• Enhance internal and external communication strategies for communicating our impact as the Division of Student Affairs.

 

PROMOTE THE HEALTH & WELLNESS OF THE TULANE COMMUNITY

We are committed to comprehensive health and wellness, and to creating a resilient community of care and concern. With an emphasis on self-care, work-life balance and health parity, we strive to promote personal and social responsibility for individual and collective health and wellbeing.

GOALS

• Promote integrated health and wellness for all Tulane students; and,

• Increase health and wellness engagement among faculty and staff.

 

MAXIMIZE & ENHANCE CAPACITY TO MEET STUDENT NEEDS

Student Affairs engages in continuous improvement and responsible resource stewardship informed by qualitative and quantitative assessment practices, enabling data-driven decisions to maximize our ability to meet the needs of all Tulane students.

GOALS

• Improve the quality of the programs and services offered by the Division of Student Affairs;

• Pursue Divisional staff excellence;

• Strategically position Tulane Student Affairs through assessment of operations and continuous improvement of key facilities; and,

• Increase private support of Student Affairs