Mission and Goals

The Radford University Division of Student Affairs is committed to the learning and development of students and their academic and individual success.  We foster a campus culture and environment where students’ perspectives are valued, citizenship and personal responsibility are cultivated, and students are engaged in a vibrant co-curricular experience that nurtures excellence and success.

Strategic Plan for the Future of Student Affairs – 2012 to 2018

Student Affairs staff engaged in a comprehensive long-range planning effort to identify immediate, mid-term, and longer-term programmatic initiatives to advance the mission and strategic priorities of Radford University. 

These priorities were translated into a Student Affairs Strategic Budget Plan with seven-year projections to facilitate Division and University fiscal planning and to identify the range and scope of investment opportunities.  The plan addresses the following four Division-wide goals as strategic priorities: 

  • Create, Enhance and Implement a Distinctive and Diverse Co-Curriculum;
  • Promote Student Retention and Success;
  • Provide Safe and Inviting Student-Focused Facilities;
  • Strengthen Staff Retention and Excellence.

Student Affairs Goals

1. Create, Enhance and Implement a Distinctive and Diverse Co-Curriculum

A. Stimulate and nurture a campus culture characterized by inquisitiveness, active engagement, diverse perspectives, cross-cultural awareness, character development, personal responsibility, and global citizenship

B. Provide collaborative, campus-wide programs that are benchmarked through best practices

C. Provide a dynamic range of educational, civic, and social activities

D. Sustain an inclusive array of student organizations that cultivate leadership and empower self-governance

E. Engage students, faculty administrators, staff, alumni, and community in partnerships and alliances

2. Promote Student Retention and Success

A. Provide programs/services that are benchmarked through best practices

B. Build student skills and expectations for responsible decision-making, risk reduction, personal and academic development

C. Extend student orientation and transition programs prior to and following matriculation

D. Expand early intervention programs to enhance student academic preparation and social integration

E. Promote physical and emotional wellbeing and healthy lifestyles

3. Provide Safe and Inviting Student-Focused Facilities

A. Prepare Fitness Wellness Center staffing and operation plan

B. Build support and consensus for Hulbert Center expansion

C. Incorporate an array of housing options (traditional, suite, apartment, graduate) into facility renovation and new construction that prepare students for increasingly independent living

D. Build living/learning options and integrate programming considerations into housing renovation planning

4. Strengthen Staff Retention and Excellence

A. Create a stimulating professional climate that enables Student Affairs to recruit, hire and retain a talented and diverse administrative and support staff dedicated to excellence

B. Foster a culture of evidence where inquiry, self-reflection, personal assessment, and continuous improvement are expected and supported

C. Encourage, support, and fund continuing staff development and professional association involvement and leadership

D. Benchmark and initiate classification and compensation studies for classified and administrative/professional staff