Core Theme II - Learning
- The Weber State University Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Tutoring Programs were awarded certification from the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE). Our SI program is the first in the nation to be awarded this certification.
- Housing & Residence Life opened a new 160-bed residence hall in August 2011, the first new housing in a decade. WSU received a major gift from the Stewart Education Foundation for the second residence hall, Stewart Wasatch Hall, which will open Fall 2012. This facility will be the largest residence hall in the new Wildcat Village and includes an innovative dining service, fitness center, and other community building spaces.
- 188 residents participated in living learning communities in University Village. These included a Global Village Community and a Health Professions Community. Students living in these communities continually perform better academically than their peers.
- The Nontraditional Student Literary Journal Epiphany just published its fifth edition. Epiphany received a total of 65 submissions and published 24 pieces, 17 of which were from separate authors. This year a new section was added on Multiculturalism and Diversity, which included six published pieces from 15 submissions.
- A joint venture between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, which focuses on creating new on-campus jobs for students, has created nearly 100 new student positions. Through a fund created by these two divisions, new positions are matched at 50%, which has lead to the program being called the "50/50 Student Employment Funding Program." The program incorporates a supervisor training component and two trainings for the student employees regarding customer service and teamwork. Approximately $100,000 was spent on the program in its first year.
- More than 120 students employed by the Division of Student Affairs participated in a comprehensive staff development program focused on improving learning outcomes in the areas of communication, responsibility and accountability, intrapersonal competence, problem solving, and critical thinking.
- The Multicultural Student Center restructured its peer mentor program, now called STEPS (Student Training Employment Programs and Services) to engage student employees in aspects of teamwork, leadership, accountability, customer service, and community engagement. On October 12, 2011, more than 250 students participated in National Depression Screening Day, a fun and informative way to heighten awareness of mental health issues on campus. The cornerstone of the event is mood screening and consultation for any concerned student. Informational brochures, presentations, multimedia shows, games, and activities were also available for all attendees.
- Weber State University held the Stress Awareness Fair on March 6. More than 700 attendees experienced multiple campus and community resources that assist with stress management, including massage, financial counseling, therapy animals, and various wellness-oriented services. This event is a collaboration between the Counseling and Psychological Services Center, Student Wellness Program, and Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance.
One focus area of the Student Affairs Division this past year was to intentionally engage students in meaningful learning and leadership opportunities.
In addition to launching an entire website focused on student engagement, called Cat Connections, many large events were held to provide involvement opportunities for students. A few of the larger events are highlighted below.
Usage and Satisfaction
- The annual Wildcat Block Party, held during the first week of fall classes, is one of WSU’s largest events with more than 6,500 students in attendance. It is an opportunity for students to connect with campus and community entities with over 140 booths and activities.
- During Welcome Week, Student Involvement and Leadership and the Weber State University Student Association (WSUSA) sponsored an evening back-to-school event with more than 6,000 students in attendance.
- “Homecoming 2011: A Wildcat Tradition” brought in more partnerships than ever before. Events included a pep rally, the annual lighting of the W, an outdoor movie at the Davis campus, and a dance. Attendance at events outside of the football game exceeded 9500 individuals.
- The First Annual Clubs and Organizations Club Carnival on April 11 was the biggest accomplishment for clubs and organizations during the year. A total of 167 booths were represented at the fair, and approximately 10,000 students attended. At the end of the 2011-12 academic year, there were 229 registered clubs and organizations.
- This year, the Convocation Speakers Committee’s focus was to collaborate with academic departments and other areas of campus. Speakers brought to campus were a collaboration with the following departments: Political Science, English, Athletics, Campus Recreation, and Education. Speakers included former NFL football player, Herschel Walker, poet, Amiri Baraka, educator, Chris Emdin, fitness guru, Chris Powell, and Matisyahu, famous Jewish reggae singer.
- During the 2011-12 academic year, 16,220 unique WSU students were served through Student Affairs programs and services. There were a total of 882,199 interactions with these students. Satisfaction was measured through 51 separate survey questions regarding services, and the mean satisfaction score was 4.39 on a 5-point Likert scale.