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 Tuesday, February 23, 2010 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Involvement matters
Julie Wong, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

The mission of Student Affairs is to empower student learning and success. We do this by encouraging students to become involved on campus throughout their collegiate experience. Why is this so important? Alexander Astin, a researcher and educator at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), studied 200,000 students and determined that success in college is related to involvement, and we want all of our students to be successful. The results of his study are in his book, “Achieving Educational Excellence.”

Astin defines involvement as any activity outside of the classroom that enhances and contributes to student learning, including:

  • Living on campus
  • Working on campus
  • Being involved in campus activities
  • Having significant interactions with faculty, staff, and peers
  • Being involved in research or other close professional relationships with professors

Research by Astin also indicates that students who are involved:

  • Earn better grades
  • Are more successful in their academic program
  • Are more likely to stay in school and graduate
  • Feel more satisfied with their college experience
  • Are more marketable when job searching and applying to graduate school
  • Develop valuable leadership and interpersonal skills that help their careers
  • Become stronger alumni

Below are a few highlights showing how CU students have become involved and engaged on campus this semester.

  • Over 20 clubs and organizations have joined together in CU Stands for Haiti to raise over $80,000 for Haiti Relief with an ultimate goal of $100,000.
  • 100 students registered the first week of launching the Forever Buffs Network, an opportunity for students to network with over 25,000 CU alums who have signed up to provide guidance and advice to other Buffs.
  • 47 organizations and over 750 students participated in the Volunteer Fair on Jan. 25, 2010.
  • 2,000 students participated in our Spring Career & Internship Fair on Jan. 27, 2010.
  • Over 200 students participated in the CU GOLD Leadership Conference on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010.
  • 80 student organizations and over 500 students participated in the Spring Student Involvement Fair on Feb. 12, 2010.
  • Over 200 of our top student leaders were recognized at half time during the Feb. 17 men’s basketball game vs. Oklahoma.
  • Every Tuesday, several students participate in “Rumor Has It,” a program to discuss issues affecting women at the Women’s Resource Center.
  • Each year, over 1,300 students participate in 34 club sports, from fly fishing to snowboarding.
  • Over 16,000 students participate in 16 intramural leagues from dodge ball to inner tube water polo annually.

Involvement is one of the most powerful keys to student success. Thank you for your support in helping us reach our goal of encouraging every student at CU to become involved and engaged in the CU community.

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