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March 19, 2020 at 1:30 PM - Student Affairs Committee

Call to Order
Roll Call/Declaration of Quorum
Action Items
A. Recommendation for Selection of Student Trustee
Speaker(s):  Carol Clark
Background Information:  Public Chapter 869 (2016) also known as the Focus on College and University Success (FOCUS) Act established that the trustees select a nonvoting student member to be appointed to serve on the Board for a term of one (1) year. The Board voted on the selection process at its Dec. 1, 2017, meeting.

Today, the Student Affairs Committee will review the materials of the finalists and vote for one (1) student whose name is being forwarded to the full board for confirmation at tomorrow’s board meeting. The student trustee will serve a one-year term beginning on May 10, 2020, (the day after Commencement) and running through the 2020-21 academic year.
Description:  Proposed Implementation Date: Upon approval.

Item Details: Applications of the finalists are attached.
Information Items
A. Residence Life Curriculum
Speaker(s):  Eric Norman, Vice President for Student Affairs
Background Information:  Students who live on campus should feel more connected to APSU and their fellow students.  Pascarella and Terenzini (1991) found that living on campus is "the single more consistent within college determinant of the impact of college."  With Resident Assistants and Area Coordinators, there is a direct opportunity to engage residential students in meaningful experiences to learn about themselves, others, and develop skills on how to be a successful student at Austin Peay State University. This is accomplished through intentional conversations on: Self-Awareness, Life Skills, Interpersonal Abilities, Collaboration, and Global Citizenship.  Upon completion of their on campus experience, our students will be proficient in skills that will make them successful in their careers, be engaged, responsible citizens both locally and globally.
Item Details:

Self- Awareness: Understanding how characteristics and personality traits contribute to both personal and professional success.  Students can demonstrate self- awareness by reflecting an understanding of how their identity including emotions and personality traits, influence their behavior, others and their environment.

Learning Objectives:
  • Students will be able to describe aspects of their identity.
  • Each student will be able to recognize their own emotions.
  • Each student will be able to articulate how their unique traits, characteristics and emotions impact their behavior and influence their interpersonal interactions.
Life Skills: Students who develop a broad range of life skills will be better prepared for life during and after college. Life skills include financial literacy, physical health, emotional wellness and positive habits. Learning life skills prepares students for independence, provides balance and supports their ability to contribute their communities.

Learning Objectives:
  • Students will be able to articulate foundations of financial literacy.
  • Students will be able to describe habits to sustain a healthy physical lifestyle.
  • Students will be able to determine how to support their own emotional wellness.
  • Students will be able to practice positive habits to support independent living.
  • Students will be able to practice positive habits to support their academic success.
Interpersonal Abilities: Effective interpersonal ability cultivates approachability, shapes relationships and assists with navigating difficult conversations. A mark of interpersonal abilities includes sharing one's perspective while recognizing the differing and diverse opinions of others.

Learning Objectives:
  • Students will be able to approach others and initiate conversations effectively.
  • Students will be able to build relationships to develop their personal and professional lives.
  • Students will be able to articulate their own perspective while recognizing other perspectives.
  • Students will be able to apply conflict resolutions skills.
Collaboration: Students can effectively engage and collaborate with others by understanding the elements of teamwork. Students who develop leadership skills including consensus building, cooperation, providing constructive feedback and accountability can become better team members. Students who learn how to work well in teams are better prepared to manage the challenges of group dynamics and community involvement professionally and personally.

Learning Objectives:
  • Each student will be able to collaborate well with others.
  • Each student will be able to communicate constructive feedback to others.
  • Each student will be able to explain their individual contributions to a larger team.
  • Each student will be able to articulate the benefits and challenges of working on a team.
Global Citizenship/Engagement: After graduation, students must navigate increasingly complex global landscapes locally, nationally and internationally. Students can learn to express their own worldview informed by diverse perspectives. Students will consider local, national and international contexts, while exploring the benefits and challenges of being an engaged citizen.
Global Citizenship/Engagement: Through intentional activities and experience students will recognize, honor and advocate the needs, ideas, thoughts and values of others by appreciating and understanding that their differences are a strength.

Learning Objectives:
  • Each student will be able to describe their worldview on global issues.
  • Each student will be able to respectfully engage with diverse viewpoints.
  • Each student will be able to reevaluate their understanding of global issues.
  • Each student will be able to communicate the benefits and challenges of being an engaged citizen.
Fall 2019: 93% of students who attended at least 1 Residence Life facilitated program returned for the Spring 2020 semester.

Residence Life staff received additional instruction during Spring training regarding the Residential Curriculum and proper classification of programs and Intentional Conversations.
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