Division of Student Affairs: Planning Assumptions

University Mission

The University mission states the purpose for which the University exists and, therefore, is the seminal document from which all planning must originate.

California State University, Northridge exists to enable students to realize their educational goals. The University’s first priority is to promote the welfare and intellectual progress of students. To fulfill this mission, we design programs and activities to help students develop the academic competencies, professional skills, critical and creative abilities, and ethical values of learned persons who live in a democratic society, an interdependent world, and a technological age; we seek to foster a rigorous and contemporary understanding of the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines, and we believe in the following values:

  1. Commitment to teaching, scholarship, and active learning.
  2. Commitment to excellence.
  3. Respect for all people.
  4. Alliances with the community.
  5. Encouragement of innovation, experimentation, and creativity.

University Priorities – Road Map to the Future

Read the Road Ahead summary of strategic directions and priorities.

Charged by President Beck to build consensus around the vision of an equitable and just future for CSUN, the Road Map to the Future Steering Committee undertook a three-phase, inclusive process led by Provost Walker to determine campus priorities and frame big ideas. Comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, the Steering Committee was integral to the effort, and CSUN is grateful for the tireless dedication of these individuals.

Division Strategic Priorities and Annual Objectives

Division planning is responsive to the President’s Priorities and Planning Principles through the development of long-term strategic priorities (3-5 years) and annual objectives. Long-term priorities are established by the Vice President of Student Affairs in consultation with the Student Affairs Leadership Team and are informed by the division mission, university expectations, and external influences. Long-term strategic priorities are revised annually. Annual objectives are established through the Student Affairs Management Council. They evolve from departmental planning and are influenced by emerging needs, expectations, and opportunities.

Departmental Goals and Objectives

Departmental planning is guided by its unique mission and the Division strategic priorities and incorporates appropriate professional standards, accreditation requirements, and identified emerging needs, expectations, and opportunities. Department goal statements express the long-term direction and expected achievements of the department. Department objectives within each goal identify the annual initiatives to be achieved in support of department goal accomplishment.

Department goals and objectives inform the development of Division strategic priorities and annual objectives.

February 2022

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