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Strategic Plan for Housing & Residence Life

Mission

Providing resources and opportunities for student learning and success by collaborating to build inclusive residential communities and experiences.

Vision

Strive to provide excellent opportunities for engagement and development in safe and inclusive communities through operational services, sustainable practices, and co-curricular learning and living environments grounded in best practices.

Value Statement

The Office of Housing and Residence Life values the education, success, and experiences of students and staff, through the following: Student Development and Support Support the development of student resiliency through problem solving, conflict resolution, personal responsibility and advocacy, critical thinking and wellness. Liberal Education Engage in learning through creative and critical thinking, self-awareness and active citizenship. Diversity and Inclusion Provide inclusive and supportive environments where diverse voices and experiences are welcomed, celebrated and personal growth is encouraged. Sustainability Triple bottom line sustainability which includes economic, environmental, and social equity.

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 1.A.1

Housing and Residence Life will execute programs that build community and engages students in understanding citizenship

Baseline

Community programming reports.

Progress

2020 Status
Achieved
From Pre Test to Post Test there was a 22% decrease in responses of "Somewhat Confident." From Pre Test to Post Test there was a 23% increase in responses of "Very Confident". Overall in the pretest 59% of student responses were "Confident" or "Very Confident". In the posttest 86% of student responses were "Confident" or "Very Confident" that is an increase of 27% in competency of material/information.

2019 Status
Achieved
Overall in the pretest 69% of student responses were "Confident" or "Very Confident". In the post-test 86% of student responses were "Confident" or "Very Confident" that is an increase of 17% in competency of material/information.

Objective 1.A.2

Create engaging experiences for Resident Assistants through engagement with the Residential Curriculum.

Baseline

Pre and post test learning outcome evaluation.

Objective 1.A.3

Housing and Residence Life will execute programs that challenge and support academic success.

Baseline

Pre and post test learning outcome evaluation.

Progress

2020 Status
Achieved
2020 Academic Success Summary: From Pre Test to Post Test there was a 33% decrease in responses of "Somewhat Confident." From Pre Test to Post Test there was a 31% increase in responses of "Very Confident". Overall in the pretest 66% of student responses were "Confident" or "Very Confident". In the posttest 98% of student responses were "Confident" or "Very Confident" that is an increase of 32% in competency of material/information.

2019 Status
Achieved
Overall in the pretest 60% of student responses were "Confident" or "Very Confident". In the posttest 88% of student responses were "Confident" or "Very Confident" that is an increase of 28% in competency of material/information.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Housing and Residence Life will execute programs that raise awareness and understanding of diverse and inclusive practices enhancing cultural competence.

Baseline

Pre and post test learning outcome evaluation.

Progress

2020 Status
Achieved
Overall in the pretest 62% of student responses were "Confident" or "Very Confident". In the post test 91% of student responses were "Confident" or "Very Confident" that is an increase of 29% in competency of material/information.

2019 Status
Achieved
Overall in the pretest 78% of student responses were "Confident" or "Very Confident". In the posttest 87% of student responses were "Confident" or "Very Confident" that is an increase of 9% in competency of material/information.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 2.A.1

Through a robust residential curriculum, Housing and Residence Life will provide engaging experiences for resident assistants.

Baseline

Pre and post test learning outcome evaluation.

Progress

2020 Status
Substantial Progress
2020 New Staff Summary: From Pre Test to Post Test there was a 26% decrease in responses of "Somewhat Confident." From Pre Test to Post Test there was a 38% increase in responses of "Very Confident". Overall in the pretest 63% of student responses were "Confident" or "Very Confident". In the posttest 95% of student responses were "Confident" or "Very Confident" that is an increase of 32% in competency of material/information.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
This is a new measure. Our progress is that we now have a very solid plan.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 3.B.1

Housing and Residence Life will meet the needs of gender non-conforming students by providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment in which students can thrive.

Baseline

Number of students requesting Gender Inclusive Housing (August 2016-August 2017)

Progress

2020 Status
Substantial Progress
We continue to meet 100% of the requests we receive with placements. The limited information that we can look at is our requests from the 2018-2019 year and comparative information that we have to the 2019-2020. We have seen a double in the requests for GIH to this point. We believe that this number will continue to grow and our system is set up to be able to approve and place all requests.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
We continue to explore the best way to capture and assess this information. What we do know that the requests continue to increase and we continue to be able to accommodate the students in those requests. We believe that this number will continue to grow and our system is set up to be able to approve and place all requests.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 3.C.1

Residential students will report feelings of safety and security on campus.

Baseline

Student's self-reported feelings of safety through annual nationally benchmarked survey.

Progress

2020 Status
Substantive Progress
Review of assessment tools has been completed. Purchase of the survey software is not complete.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

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