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Student Affairs Realignment

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Final Realignment Plan
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Purpose

The purpose of the new realignment structure for Student Affairs, effective July 1, 2018, is to provide a higher level of customer service and support to our students and Student Affairs colleagues. This realignment is the result of months of assessment, collaboration, and deliberation with Student Affairs Department Heads, Directors, and the Leadership Team. The final realignment plan takes into account the input that was provided via three plans proposed by Student Affairs Department Heads and Directors and seamlessly integrates new focus areas into functional areas. The result, an organizational structure reflective of you and the ways you will continue to do your best work to grow and support Illinois students.

The following is a very brief description of the changes outlined in the new structure.

  • The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will also oversee the following new focus areas or those areas with a name change:
    • Academic Partnerships (new focus area)
    • Senior Executive Director for Administrative Services (title change)
    • Assistant/Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Engagement (new focus area)
    • Associate Vice Chancellor for Auxiliary, Health, and Wellbeing (name change)
    • Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Inclusion (name change)
  • The Director for Business and Strategic Initiatives was renamed to Senior Executive Director for Administrative Services to reflect additional duties and responsibilities. The position will oversee the following new focus areas:
    • Budget and Finance
    • Human Resources
    • Assessment and Planning
    • Shared Services: Technology/IT
  • The Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students will oversee a new Ombudsman (a new focus area)
  • An Assistant/Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Engagement position was created. The position will oversee the following:
    • The Career Center
    • Illinois Leadership Center
    • Minority Student Affairs
    • Testing Center
    • Students Who Are Parents (a new focus area)
    • New and Transfer Student Programs
    • Veterans Student Support Services
    • Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
    • Illinois Student Government (a new focus area)
  • The Associate Vice Chancellor for Auxiliary Services was renamed to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Auxiliary, Health, and Wellbeing. The position will oversee the following new focus area:
    • Health and Wellbeing
      • McKinley Health Center
        • Health Education
      • The Counseling Center (changed reporting lines)
        • Alcohol and Other Drug
    • Campus Recreation
  • The Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations was renamed to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Inclusion to align with other university counterparts throughout the country. The position will oversee the follow new focus areas:
    • Gender Equity Education
      • LGBT Resource Center
      • Women’s Resources Center
      • Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention and Wellness
    • Religion and Spirituality

Submitted Questions from Student Affairs Team Members

  1. Will employees lose their jobs due to the realignment?
    No one will lose their job as a result of this realignment process.
  2. Will Administrative functions move toward a shared service model (HR, Assessment, Business, Budget/Finance)?
    A shared service model will not take effect on July 1. However, this model is something that we would like to phase in over the next year or so.
  3. Has there been consideration in taxing Greek organizations to maintain a recognized organization with a house?
    Taxing Greek organizations was not part of the realignment effort. Please contact Fraternity and Sorority Affairs for more information about Greek organizations.
  4. Why is the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence office formation/staffing not considered critical considering the dire staffing situation at the WRC?
    Staffing of the Women's Resource Center is considered critical. The staffing plan is currently under review with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
  5. Why isn't sexuality included in the name of the new Gender Equity Center?
    The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs is open to reviewing the name of the Gender Equity Center to ensure the focus area best represents the services and support provided as well as the individuals who will utilize the area.
  6. Why are the new positions being funded mostly by University Housing?
    All Student Affairs units will contribute to the funding of positions. Funding is based on a percentage of the units operating budget. Please contact your director or department head with specific questions.
  7. Where does Student Affairs see itself addressing needs of students with disabilities?
    Student Affairs is dedicated to ensuring the success of students with disabilities. We will continually seek opportunities to collaborate with campus and Student Affairs colleagues to advance services and support for our students with disabilities.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please start by reviewing the video above. If you still have questions, direct them to your Director or Department Head.