Strategic Planning and Assessment

HOUSING AND RESIDENTIAL LIFE – STRATEGIC PLAN 2015 - 2017       

MISSION              

Offering various and diverse living and learning experiences, the Office of Housing and Residential Life is an integral part of the educational mission of Sacramento State. As such, the department strives to create a welcoming and stimulating environment that prompts students to participate in co-curricular activities that promote life and leadership skills, social responsibility, and academic success.  

VALUES                

Teamwork: Committed to working collaboratively to provide a positive, caring environment; where we take pride in the quality of our work.

Innovation: Committed to continuous improvement in the quality of the residential experience with an increasingly global perspective.

Professionalism: Being accountable for ethical conduct that reflects positively on the University and the department.

Quality Customer Service: Committed to excellence in serving our customers, and in the quality of our programs.

Integrity: Conducting the Housing and Residential Life operation in an honest, ethical and trustworthily manner. Leading with courage, accountability; positive role modeling.

Respect: Providing our highest regard for the worth and rights of others, including respect for their ideas, values and contributions.

DASHBOARD

  • Housing and Residential Life is a non-general fund, self-support program
  • 1,700 on-campus beds housing a mix of first-year through graduate school students
  • 43 full-time employees, 44 paraprofessional staff; approximately 100 student assistants
  • Operating budget of ~$12.5 million
  • First-Year Experience Program and Residential Theme Floors
  • Faculty Mentor Program 
  • Full Summer Conference Program 
  • Phase II 416 bed residence hall scheduled to open in fall 2017

ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES

Goal 1: Enhance Student Learning and Success

Strategies and Indicators of Achievement:

  • Increase the persistence rate to the second year for first time students living on campus and on Academic Probation. In order to do this HRL will meet with the Academic Advising Center to come up with 2-3 strategies for fall 2015 directed at increasing the persistence rate.  HRL/Academic Advising Center will use 2014/15 persistence rate as a baseline.
  • Increase the average cumulative GPA for first time students living on-campus at the end of their frosh year.  In order to do this HRL will meet with the Academic Advising Center to develop at least two academically themed programs per semester with learning outcomes.  HRL will use 2014/15 GPAs as a baseline.
  • Strengthen the experience for students living in the housing theme communities.  In order to do this HR will develop at least two learning outcomes specific to each of Housing's theme communities in collaboration with the WELL (Health and Wellness Community), SO&L (Service and Leadership Community), Center for Diversity and Inclusion (Global Awareness & Social Justice community) by September 4, 2015. 

Goal 3: Commit to Engaging the Community by Building Enduring Partnerships to Strengthen and Enrich the Region

Strategy and Indicator of Achievement:

  • Increase the number of housing residents participating in the campus/community Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Great American River Clean Up by 10% using FY 2014/15 numbers as a baseline. In order to do this the program coordinator for the River Clean Up will meet with the residence life staff one month in advance to discuss the program to get student and staff buy-in. 

Goal 4: Engage Students in a Comprehensive University Experience

Strategies and Indicators of Achievement:

  • Student Assistants working in HRL will increase their leadership abilities including knowledge of diversity and social justice concepts after working in the department after one year. In order to do this HRL will develop a student assistant training program along with a pretest/posttest during the 2015/16 academic year with a launch date of fall 2016.
  • Identify a faculty member who will teach and hold office hours in the new residence hall opening in fall 2017. In order to do this HRL will meet with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies during the 2015/16 academic year in order to plan for and identify a faculty member by May 2017.

Goal 5: Excel as a Place to Learn, Work, Live, and Visit

Strategy and Indicator of Achievement:

  • Increase the satisfaction rate for students living in the residence halls.  In order to do this HRL in collaboration with Campus Labs will develop a ‘satisfaction survey’ during the 2015/16 academic year to be administered every other year to housing residents. HRL will launch the survey in spring of 2017 and use the results as a baseline moving forward.  HRL will continue to administer the ‘EBI’ survey on ‘off years’.

Goal 6: Promote a Strong University Identity

Strategies and Indicators of Achievement:

  • Promote university and departmental pride/school spirit within the housing complex and grounds.  In order to do this HRL will complete the following actions during the 2015/16 academic year:
    • Meet with the Athletic Department in summer and fall of 2015 in order to develop banners using the athletic logo. These banners will be attached to select light poles in the housing complex by summer 2016.
    • All building renovations and upgrades will include the use of the athletics logo and other CSU, Sacramento brand imagery and colors in specific areas of the residence halls.
    • HRL will designate three Green and Gold Fridays each semester where staff are encouraged to wear school colors and promote Sac State in creative ways in their work space.