Highlights for Student Affairs Strategic Priority: Engagement
Goals: Develop new students to committed alumni; improve physical environment

Lower Sproul

ASUC Student Union Has New Name and Charter; New Home on its Way

The ASUC Student Union (the Berkeley Art Studio, Event Services, the LEAD Center, and Facility and Fiscal Administration) participated in writing a new charter document signed by the Chancellor and the ASUC President that officially changed the organization’s name from the ASUC Auxiliary to the ASUC Student Union. The new charter expands the group’s scope and charge to more fully reflect its duties as the campus student union, which is currently under construction and slated to open in fall 2015.


New Student Services Overhauls Cal Student Orientation (CalSO)

New Student Services implemented programmatic overhauls to Cal Student Orientation (CalSO) to empower students to succeed and ease their transition to life at Berkeley. The Golden Bear Express initiative provides charter buses from and to Los Angeles for incoming fall 2014 Pell Grant-eligible students and their families so that they can attend CalSO events on campus.  In partnership with the university’s Advising Council and all undergraduate colleges’ advising offices, all students attending CalSO will have individualized advising with academic advisors from their intended colleges.

Public Service Center

Public Service Center Launches Research Justice Symposium

The Public Service Center held the first Research Justice Symposium in April 2014, as part of its partnership with the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) program; the symposium featured 40 workshops and engaged 100 students, faculty, and community partners in dialogue about university-community partnerships, focusing on how this work can support movements for social justice. The Center also distributed more than $500,000 in student scholarships, work-study funding, AmeriCorps awards, and stipends to students with financial need from low-income backgrounds, enabling them to participate in service; engaged 4,500 students in more than 200,000 hours of service; and launched five new courses through the ACES program.


Student Affairs Strategic Planning Initiative Sets Two-Year Goals

After 18 months of intensive review by engaging multiple stakeholders, conducting rigorous data analysis, and soliciting internal and external feedback on the initial findings, the divisional Strategic Planning Initiative will be pursuing two Dream Big goals. Student Affairs will collectively harness our talents and focus to ensure that 1) students have a sense of belonging and community, and 2) staff experience a cohesive and supportive culture. Over the next two years, each department will actively participate in translating these concepts into tangible and measurable programs and services to transform the Student Affairs experience for students and staff.


Student Families See Boost in Child Development Services from ECEP 

Two major milestones marked the increase of overall service capacity for student families in our campus community: The August 2013 licensing and opening of the newly remodeled Clark Kerr Infant Toddler Center and the May 2014 ribbon-cutting for the new $4.9 million Dwight Way Child Development Center (opening in August 2014), which anticipates LEED Silver certification as a model for best-in-class green building practices. In addition, the Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP), with the support of its newly launched Advisory Committee, restructured and hired additional highly qualified managers, including a new Executive Director, to improve support for teachers and families. To help with future improvements, the team will continue to focus on greater campus collaboration, staff training, and operational efficiencies.

Learning & Development

Learning and Development Launches New Model, New Programs

Learning and Development launched several new organizational strategies aimed at creating more effective employee engagement and student satisfaction, including an employee team-building and organizational consulting model that builds organizational capacity to achieve culture and service goals at the same time; a front line leader onboarding program, designed to bring new mid-level leaders into the organization with the necessary performance management skills and knowledge of Student Affairs culture; and Drive your Career, a one-day program that helps employees identify and plan toward the right career fit for their skills and interests. 


Capital Projects Fast-Tracks Seismic Retrofits for 12 Residence Halls

In an unprecedented construction team effort, Capital Projects completed a seismic retrofit for 12 high-rise residence halls. The goal: minimum disruption, maximum safety. The team fast-tracked the complex project during summer months and completed the final work in October 2013. Funding for the project came directly from RSSP reserves. 


Increase in Newly Admitted Students Creates “Triple Header” for Facility Services

2013 proved to be a "triple header" for Facility Services. The team converted 30 building lounges to temporary bedrooms and 35 double rooms to triples to accommodate a welcome—but unanticipated—increase in newly admitted undergraduates. The resourceful solution was to rent or repurpose furniture. Anticipating next year’s influx, Facility Services then took the initiative to permanently convert 200 double rooms to triples with new furniture purchases.