Universities exist for the education of their students and for contribution of knowledge
to society. To this end, "student development" exists to facilitate students' ability
to gain all that they can from their academic endeavors. Student development also
exists to contribute to knowledge about students' growth and development. Implied
within these two reasons for existence is an applied/supportive mission and a research/scholarship
We want it to be immediately apparent that the campus is committed to the holistic
development of its students. Tolerance of diverse views and equal opportunity for
all must be evident. The university's values are probably most significantly reflected
in the attitudes students hold toward the university, and their subsequent behavior.
The Student Development area will continue to serve as a consultant to classroom faculty
and staff to help further the growth of the "Student First" concept.
There are numerous goals for the Student Development area, many of which are reflected
in the individual departmental statements. The number one overriding goal for all
departments is greater cooperation and collaboration between the departments. The
second overarching goal is the development and dissemination of scholarship regarding
student development in order to serve the public interest in general, and that of
University of Memphis students' in particular.
In addition to departmental goals, Student Development Department will seek to increase
communication with students, faculty, and other staff/administrators. We anticipate
voicing the Student Development perspective, sharing research and scholarship, and
providing a forum for others who contribute to the holistic development of students.
Further, to facilitate staff excellence in all endeavors, staff will engage in student
development research and present at local, state, regional, and national meetings.