Student Affairs Strategic Planning (SASP) Process

In the Catholic tradition, the Student Affairs Division strives to create an inclusive, educational environment which motivates and supports student learning and personal development, serve the University community, and inspire students to make a positive contribution to society. Our philosophy and approach is to collaboratively work with Academic Affairs and all areas of the University to create an integrated learning environment.

The 2014-2019 strategic plan was developed through a collaborative process involving key stakeholders from all divisions of the university. Using three of the models proposed by Manning, Kinzie, and Schuh (academic-student affairs partnership, seamless learning, and ethic of care) as well as institutional priorities (diversity and inclusive excellence and changemaking), a consultant took us through an appreciative inquiry process to develop key themes shaping our work for the next five years. While this plan will be the focal point of our work, we will annually review its relevancy. For more information, click here.

Strategic Plan Themes and Long Range Goals

  • Healthy Mind, Body, Spirit, and Relationships: Integrate our wellness education and outreach efforts to help students develop optimal mind, body, and spirit through life-skill building, positive coping strategies, and an enhanced healthy USD climate.
  • Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
    • Student Access: Expand access to USD for all students, examine and improve processes to support student success.
    • We Belong Here: Develop a community where all students feel they belong and matter.
    • Inclusive Spaces and Places: Create informal space for students, faculty, and staff in or adjacent to every building across campus.
    • Empathic and Compassionate Campus Culture: Realign our campus culture with our mission, values, and Torero pride.
  • Local and Global Changemaking: Increase USD's identity as a changemaker institution and elevate USD community members' personal identification as changemakers.
    • Student Voice: Contribute to a changemaker culture through informal and formal opportunities for student voice and activism on-campus and beyond.

Annual Priorities


  1. Student Leader Training
  2. Student Staff Development
  3. Student Voice
  4. High Impact Practices
  5. Professional Staff Enrichment
  6. Campus Environment

If you have any questions or feedback about these documents or the strategic planning process, please contact Margaret Leary (

Rev. 10/23/15