- vice chancellor's video blog
- commitment to diversity
- student affairs advancement
- Student Affairs Committees
- Programs for Staff
- Programs for Students
- Strategic Plan
- Student Affairs Assessment
- Student Affairs Realignment
- Take the Wellness Pledge
Some recent messages from the Vice Chancellor:
February 2017: Change of national leadership and what it means for Student Affairs
September 2016: Update on the Campus Climate on Sexual Assault survey
Fall 2015: Summer Listening Tour with Student Affairs Staff
The Campus Conversation and Student Affairs
- 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?
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Strategic Planning Process Gathering Steam
There’s an old saying that goes, “if you’re not sure where you’re heading, any road will get you there.”
Student Affairs is updating our strategic plan this spring – our Roadmap for the Future – building on the Campus’ strategic plan. Our destination, of course, is to provide the best possible Illinois Experience for the 43,000 or so students we serve.
The steering committee, led by Ed Slazinik, has set an ambitious timetable with the goal of completing our division-wide plan by the end of this semester. Student and staff focus groups are winding down at the division level, and the data appear to be rich in insights that will help us serve our students even better.
Focus-group findings will be added to what we learned in the survey, as well a review of current trends in higher education, to help us plan future initiatives.
The end-product of this work will help us fulfill our vision: to be the global leader in transforming students’ lives. The plan will reflect our core values: Diversity, Leadership and Citizenship, Collaboration, Shared Governance with Students, the Holistic Student Learning Experience, Stewardship and Accountability, Innovation and Excellence, Honesty and Integrity, and Wellness.
And I can assure you that this is one strategic plan that won’t just sit on a shelf, gathering dust!
I hope you’re as excited as I am about this opportunity for us to collectively reflect on what we do well, determine what we need to improve, and draw the roadmap that will get us where we want Student Affairs to go.
C. Renée Romano
Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs
Student Affairs units flex to meet international students' needs
Our wonderfully diverse campus includes more than 9,400 students from other countries – nearly 5,000 of them undergraduates. These international students enrich our campus culture, and help our domestic students develop global perspectives.
The high percentage of international students also brings some challenges for Student Affairs. Undergraduates, in particular, may arrive on our campus with little experience away from home, limited English-language skills, and many needs for support.
Student Affairs staff members have stayed on top of enrollment trends, and continue to adjust programs and services for our students from other countries. Here are just a few examples of how program and services are adjusted for our international students:
In Student Legal Services alone, about 45 percent of the clients are students from other countries. The language barrier, the need to communicate with families overseas, and very limited understanding of the U.S. legal system are just a few of the factors that add to the complexity of legal issues for international students. Student Legal is developing a new set of protocols to clarify processes for both students and staff.
Beliefs and attitudes about counseling vary from one culture to the next. So when an international student needs mental-health services, extra effort and resources may be required. The Counseling Center has hired two clinicians who speak Mandarin, and four clinicians now work in outreach to our international students.
Employment-related issues usually are more complicated for international students. Sometimes, international students don’t want to follow family desires for their career. And some employers either can’t hire international students or don’t want to go through the Visa process. The Career Center offers a special series of career certifications for international students, to help them prepare for life after graduation.
University Housing, McKinley Health Center, the Dean of Students Office, Campus Rec, OIIR and other Student Affairs units also make a special effort to reach out to international students with programming and services designed to meet their needs. The examples are far too numerous to list here!
I’m proud of the way Student Affairs staff have embraced the cultural richness our international students bring to campus – and have stepped up to meet the program- and service-related challenges that come along with them. We will continue to assess the needs of all of our students, and adjust our programs to ensure that we are supporting their success to graduation and beyond.
C. Renée Romano
Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs
New website design - October, 2013
Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) framework - August, 2013
Some well-deserved recognition and the awards keep on coming - July and August, 2013
Five Days for Change (5D4C) - June, 2013
Honoring our colleagues (Outstanding Staff and Program Awards) - May, 2013