Division Accomplishments Related to University Initiatives

Initiative 1

Increase national recognition for WSU’s teaching excellence and leadership in the areas of undergraduate research, service learning, community involvement and student engagement.
  • WSU was awarded the Carnegie Classification in Community Engagement. The Community Involvement Center, which is a collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, played a key role in WSU attaining this designation.
  • WSU and Student Affairs Technology were recently recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education and Apple for the recent transition of many labs on campus from PC computer to dual-boot Mac labs.
  • Weber State University held the largest Deliberative Democracy Day in the country in March 2009. This national program, which increases student knowledge of critical issues facing our society, began at Stanford University and involved 16 institutions. It was a joint collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.
  • WSU was again named to the President of the United States’ Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
  • The Center for Diversity & Unity co-sponsored the WSU 9th Annual Gospel Music Festival, “Make a Joyful Noise,” in the Browning Center. Approximately 650-700 attendees heard ten gospel choirs and/or soloists perform.
  • Weber State University hosted the 2009 Utah Special Olympics Winter Games on January 30-31. Events were held at Powder Mountain and North Fork Park, and the opening ceremonies were held in the Shepherd Union.

Initiative 2

Revise master plan for the Ogden campus; secure funding for new construction at WSU Davis and the acquisition of new property
  • A housing master plan was developed for the housing area on 4100 South. It outlines plans to renovate existing facilities, provide new up-to-date facilities, and provide more living space closer to campus.
  • The Shepherd Union dedication was held on September 9, 2008 after a two-year renovation. The new union has provided a focal point for campus activities and helped foster student leadership and involvement. An average of 7300 people per day visited the Shepherd Union during the spring semester.

Initiative 3

Foster enrollment growth which moves the university toward its vision of 26,000 students in 2030.
  • Veteran’s Upward Bound instituted online instruction through a program called “Passkey” for pre-college veterans. This will allow students to work at their own pace and convenience. Veterans Upward Bound is in the process of creating an informational video in cooperation with WSU Multimedia Department.
  • In Fall 2008, WSU established a new GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program) partnership with the Ogden School District through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program allows WSU to further increase educational opportunities for students in Weber County. For 2008, the U.S. Department of Education received 283 applications and awarded 24 grants. The six-year grant works with every seventh grader in the district during 2008-09 and moves with those students through graduation in 2014. Thirty three current WSU students served as mentors and tutors in the GEAR UP program and worked over 2,384 hours.
  • The Multicultural Youth Conference in November was held in collaboration with WSU’s Major Fest and the Scholarship Day. Almost 300 students from 17 high schools participated in educational sessions and competed for scholarships offered by all of the university’s seven colleges. The amount of these scholarships combined is in excess of $50,000.
  • Of the Upward Bound students who were seniors, 100% graduated high school in 2009, and 88% intend to enroll at WSU. Upward Bound seniors have earned $373,164 in financial assistance for post-secondary education.
  • Of the 122 Educational Talent Search (ETS) seniors, 98% intend to enroll at WSU for fall 2009. ETS seniors have earned over $177,490 in scholarships.
  • The Multicultural Student Center and the Smart Start Program held a Summer Bridge Program on campus entitled “DREAMS” in August 2008. Fifty three new incoming first year ethnic minority students benefitted from the motivational and informational college transition sessions.
  • The Education Access and Outreach Department implemented the Gateway to Education partnership which involves providing community presentations, information at community events, a community education fair, advisement support, and parent programs in partnership with the Ogden School District and Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College.
  • The Utah Scholar pilot program was implemented in 2008-09 through the Community Involvement Center using faculty to mentor and teach math at Mount Ogden Junior High School. In collaboration with the Community Involvement Center, Education Access and Outreach is working to establish a college-readiness training program to be implemented fall 2009.
  • The Student to Student Outreach program expanded services into Davis schools and served a student cohort of 55 students.

Initiative 4

Enhance academic, student development and support services to retain students through graduation; develop innovative strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • The International Student Services Office assumed responsibility for international student admissions which will provide “one-stop” service for prospective international student applying and transitioning to Weber State University.
  • The Nontraditional Student Center established a literary journal called Epiphany which will be a bi-annual publication uniquely geared toward nontraditional students and gives a venue for unpublished nontraditional student writers to present their work. Epiphany will also provide an educational experience in real-world publication for both the writers and the student editors.
  • Utilization of the Nontraditional Hourly Childcare Center in the Shepherd Union increased 45%.
  • The Student Wellness program was initiated in 2008 in order to expand health education from primarily a drug and alcohol program to more needs-based/evidence-based programming. The Student Wellness program covers topics such as stress management, nutrition, life management, and relationships.
  • Housing occupancy for 2009-09 increased to 100% in University Village, married housing, and Promontory Tower. Thirty percent of these students have registered to live in housing for 2009-10.
  • Dining Services/Sodexo started the Off-Campus Solutions program which allows students to use their Wildcard to purchase food at participating restaurant within the local community.
  • The Davis Testing Center and Davis Computer Lab increased utilization with 83% of Davis campus students using the Testing Center and 72% using the Computer Lab.
  • The Student Affairs First-Year Student Taskforce expanded a mentor program targeting developmental math and English students. This group of students participating in this program had a retention rate of 82%.
  • The Student Affairs Division established a scholarship committee to streamline the way in it provides financial assistance to current and prospective WSU students.
  • Career Services collaborated with three MBA students from the Goddard School of Business. A grant was received for $3000 from the Small Business Group to pay for the redesign of their new website.
  • The Women's Center created a student advisory board to help develop leadership opportunities for students while implementing new and existing programs. The Women’s Center student volunteers and staff worked together to create the Women's Fair which brought community agencies, organizations, and businesses that deal with women's issues to campus.
  • Student Involvement and Leadership has extended the Emerging Leaders Program to a year long experience from a 35-week program in previous years.
  • The Wilderness Recreation Center (WRC) increased revenue for the Adventure Programs (trips, clinics, workshops, and classes) by 53% from FY 2008 to FY 2009. Program offerings are up 34% in the same period.
  • Student Veterans of America (SVA) is being initiated on campus as part of a coalition of colleges and universities across the United States. With the large number of veterans entering WSU, Veteran’s Services has developed a close working relationship with Continuing Education in order to help students select programs and maximize transfer credit from time working in the military.
  • Career Services sponsored the career fair, criminal justice fair, summer job fair, annual statewide teacher fair, and the second annual graduate school fair to provide students with knowledge of post-graduation opportunities.
  • With the addition of the Student Affairs Assessment Coordinator, the Student Affairs Division has significantly expanded its assessment and research including a new program review process, the use of a stream-lined model to track goals and student learning outcomes, the tracking of student cohorts using services within Student Affairs, and the use of the assessment tool called StudentVoice.
  • The Center for Diversity & Unity partnered with Dr. Forrest Crawford, Assistant to the President for Diversity, to sponsor a Martin Luther King, Jr. Colloquium entitled “The King Legacy: Past Actions, Present Results, Future Hopes” in the Shepherd Union. Additionally, the Center for Diversity & Unity partnered with the Marshall White Community Center to host the largest Annual Community Prayer Breakfast and March in their history with more than 250 participants.
  • On April 8, approximately 240 students attended the 2nd annual Stress Awareness Fair, sponsored by the Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CPSC). Attendees had opportunities to experiment with numerous stress management activities.
  • Housing and Residence Life and the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs partnered with a faculty member in Interior Design Technology to engage her class in a project to redesign the lobby of Promontory Tower, which is used by many WSU constituencies. The students provided full design services including coordination with the WSU Purchasing Department. Similarly, staff members from Health Services and Campus Recreation partnered with marketing faculty to have a class provide icons/logos for a new student wellness program.
  • The Community Involvement Center hosted a Volunteer Fair in the Union Building Atrium involving over 25 community service agencies. Students learned how to get more involved in community service opportunities.

Initiative 5

Extend the high-quality offering of WSU Online and WSU’s hybrid-delivery programs using leading-edge technology.
  • Student Affairs Technology established 2 new open student labs in the Shepherd Union Building and Elizabeth Hall with dual booting iMac computers. 14,200 students were served during fall 2008-spring 2009 with 204,950 overall sessions.
Department Accomplishments by University Initiative