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The Campus Conversation and Student Affairs

Dear Colleagues,
 
During the 2013-14 school year, the Campus Conversation on Undergraduate Education brought together faculty, staff and students to answer some of the questions we all should be asking as we serve our students:
 
  • What kind of undergraduate experience will cultivate our students’ capacities for critical thinking and complex reasoning?
  • How can Illinois, a public institution with a land-grant mission and global reputation, help its students develop into leaders who can address the many challenges of the future?
  • What does our campus understand the value of an Illinois education to be and how do we articulate that value to the public? 
     
While the Provost’s office organized the Campus Conversation, Student Affairs staff played an active role in all five working groups as well as the steering committee.
 
For Student Affairs, changes that come out of the Campus Conversation likely will build on the kinds of transformative co-curricular experiences we already provide to our students.
 
The final report on the Campus Conversation will be released as the Fall semester begins. In the meantime, I encourage you to spend a little time reading the First-Round Report.
 
As you read, I think you’ll find yourself nodding your head in agreement – and thinking ahead to how Student Affairs can do an even better job of preparing our students not only for career success, but for a rich and meaningful life.
 
C. Renée Romano
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
August, 2014
 
 

 

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