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2011 NASPA Annual Conference  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  March 12–16, 2011 CHARACTER U Tuesday March 15, 8:30 AM Dr Gerard Joyce – V.P. for Student.

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1 2011 NASPA Annual Conference  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  March 12–16, 2011 CHARACTER U Tuesday March 15, 8:30 AM Dr Gerard Joyce – V.P. for Student Life Dean Linda Zerbe – Dean of Students Dr. Gregg Amore – Associate Dean of Students for Student Development

2 DeSales University Character and Leadership

3 Welcome to DeSales University “Be who you are and be that well.”

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5 The Facts 53%47% 1,500 full-time day students 12.7% multi-cultural 29 states and 9 countries

6 MAJORS Business Science and Health Fields Performing & Fine Arts AccountingBiochemistryDance Business AdministrationBiologyMedia Studies FinanceChemistryTheatre International BusinessComputer ScienceTV/Film ManagementMathematics Mgmt. of Info. Tech.Nursing MarketingPhysician Assistant (5yr) Pharmaceutical Mkt.Sport & Exercise Science Sport Management Liberal Arts & Social Science CommunicationsMarriage & Family Std. Criminal JusticeMedia Studies Early Childhood EducationPhilosophy EnglishPolitical Science HistoryPsychology Law & SocietySpanish Liberal StudiesTheology

7 Student Profile

8 MEXICO PERU IRELAND ITALY GERMANY INDIA SOUTH AFRICA ROMANIA PHILIPPIN ES BRAZIL

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10 Our Charge in Student Affairs Research clearly shows that intentional student engagement outside of the classroom, especially programs with direct student interaction, leads to stronger connection to the institution and, ultimately, persistence to graduation (Astin, 1993) In Student Affairs at DeSales, we seek to provide meaningful opportunities for engagement with a focus on character development and framed within our Salesian mission.

11 S Strengths W Weaknesses O Opportunities T Threats

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13 “Be who you are and be that well.” -St. Francis DeSales

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15 Monthly Themes September – Patience October – Trust and Cooperation November – Perseverance February – Love March – Forgiveness April - Hope

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18 Character U. Curriculum Fall Semester, 2010 Dear Advisors, Pacers, and Mentors: Attached find the Character U. curriculum for the Fall, 2010 semester Wednesday afternoon (4:00–5:00 p.m.) sessions. Mentors need to meet for a full 50 minutes with their freshmen. They are to spend the first 30-35 minutes of the session on the material outlined in the curriculum for the day. Other topics that the freshmen raise can be covered in the rest of the session. Mentors are to meet with their freshmen each week, including those weeks when there is a keynote speaker. The keynote speech takes place from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. The curriculum session will follow from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Russell Gough’s Character Is Destiny book was not ordered for the freshmen this year. Mentors, however, will be given a copy of the book and need to read each chapter carefully in preparation for the weekly sessions. The curriculum is designed in such a way that you can discuss the questions Gough raises with your freshmen, even though they have not read the book. The Golden Counsels of Saint Francis de Sales booklet will not be distributed to the freshmen at orientation this year. Rather, mentors will bring copies of this booklet to each session, pass them out to the freshmen, and collect them at the end of the session. This process will insure that each person in the session has the booklet in front of him/her so he/she can read and discuss the material for the day.

19 Character U Mentor Journal Outline Name: Pod: First year students in attendance: First year students in attendance from other peas/pods: Topics discussed and debated: Spring service project ideas (if discussed): Issues raised by students: Situations that need attention:

20 Character U Positives Creates an opportunity for freshmen to identify and utilize appropriate campus resources. Creates an opportunity for freshmen to understand and develop team dynamics and an appreciation for interpersonal diversity. Demonstrates that as an institution we care about character development of students outside the classroom. Offers distinctly different alternatives to High School admissions counselors looking for institutions prepared to facilitate the adjustment of their students to college life. Creates opportunities for community involvement particularly for organizations where character is a priority. Exposes students to quality speakers on campus.

21 Character U Positives Provides a structure to continue to grow a unique identity. Creates opportunities for 50 students to acquire leadership, team building, and managerial skills and social/emotional growth. Stimulates University wide discussion on character and what that means. Provides a clearer moral compass for decision making. Creates numerous opportunities for student engagement. Provides a format for establishing relationships between professional staff and student leaders. Provides a format for establishing relationship among the newly developed student life team. Provides an early warning system for freshmen who may get off track. Helps to insure audiences for campus events sponsored by faculty, staff, and students. Established strong ties between freshmen and exemplary upperclassmen.

22 Validating & Developing Traditions Programs that grew out of Character U First-Year Experience Program  C.A.R.E. Team  DeSales University Character Code  Co-Curricular Transcripts  The L.E.A.DSU Program  Senior Success Series  DeSales Experience

23 DeSales University Character Code As a member of DeSales University, I will conduct myself in a respectful manner, with dignity and honesty, in the Salesian tradition of humility and gentleness.

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25 2011 NASPA Annual Conference  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  March 12–16, 2011 DeSales Student Life Assessment Character U

26 2011 NASPA Annual Conference  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  March 12–16, 2011 So What Does Middle States REALLY Want?

27 Constructing a student learning outcomes assessment program What are students learning in your programs? What is it you really want to know? Where are students engaged in activities/services/interactions that indicate learning may be occurring? – Why do you believe this to be true? 27

28 GoalsAssessmentsImprovements For Each Goal… (Institutional / Program) How is the goal being assessed? What are the results of those assessments? How have those results been used for improvement?

29 Instruments for Assessment Visiting Team CSEQ First Year Student Survey Peer Mentor Survey Mentor Reflection Papers (end of 1 st and 2 nd semester) Participation Tracking

30 First Year Student Survey Has Character U facilitated the formation of new friends? Has Character U helped you in your transition to college life? Do you have a comfort level with your peer mentor as a resource person? Has involvement in the Character U program helped you to feel more engaged in campus life? Would you say that you have more friends because of Character U? Do you feel the Character U experience has helped you in making better choices? Do you think Character U has helped you better understand teamwork? Has Character U helped you develop a better appreciation of diversity issues? Do you feel more connected to the DeSales Community as a result of Character U? Have you attended events and had experiences you would not have otherwise had without Character U?

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32 Peer Mentor Survey Have you grown personally because of being a peer mentor? Has your leadership improved by being a mentor? Do you have a better understanding of self by being a mentor? Do you have a better understanding of others by being a mentor? Has your teambuilding improved by being a mentor? Are you more confident socially by being mentor? Do you have additional friends by being a mentor? Do you feel more connected to DeSales by being a mentor? Do you have a fonder appreciation for DeSales? Are you more organized since becoming a mentor? Do you have better time management skills since becoming a mentor? Do you feel that you have been given more responsibility since becoming a mentor? Do you feel more connected to staff as a mentor? Do you feel more connected to faculty as a mentor? Has your role as a mentor developed your character? Have you developed a better understanding of the teachings of St. Francis de Sales?

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34 Peer Mentor Training Survey Please take time to fill out this survey so we can better serve future mentors. Please answer all questions honestly, all answers are confidential. The scoring is as follows: 1: Highly Agree 2: Agree 3: Disagree 4: Highly Disagree N/A: Not Applicable I am a first-year mentor. Yes No I had enough time as a mentor to move into my room. 1 23 4 N/A Comments: Lunch with my advisors was beneficial to me as a mentor. 1 23 4 N/A Comments: Planning the service projects during training has helped me with my first-year students. 1 23 4 N/A Comments: The mock meetings were valuable to me as a mentor and as a leader. 1 23 4 N/A Comments:

35 DeSales’ Student Life program will integrate Academic Affairs Student Learning outcomes by demonstrating: 1.Problem solving skills, critical thinking, and the ability to distinguish enduring wisdom from fashionable opinion. 2. Competence in research, information literacy, technology, and written and oral communication.

36 DeSales’ Student Life program will integrate Academic Affairs Student Learning outcomes by demonstrating: 3. Knowledge of Christian humanism in the Salesian tradition and its impact on the student's academic discipline and personal well being. 4. The ability to function effectively in society, respecting personal dignity and the common good according to Catholic social tradition, in local, national, and global communities.

37 DeSales’ Student Life program will integrate Academic Affairs Student Learning outcomes by demonstrating: 5. Quantitative reasoning through an understanding of mathematical concepts and their application to the natural world and society. 6. The scientific method and its application to the real world. 7. Knowledge of human culture as manifested in the liberal arts.

38 Ultimately…. We hold ourselves and our colleagues accountable for articulating and integrating the intentions of our work and then measuring the realities, resulting in designing and implementing strategies for improvement over time. How are we doing? How can we do better?

39 Alliances: * Character and Sportsmanship Council *Center for Leadership and Ethics *Kids of Character *Character Education Partnership

40 Questions?

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