Incorporate counseling Office center guidance and collaboration with Committee on Accessibility.
Move the Financial Aid function from the Registrar’s Office to Student Affairs.
Reduce excess staffing levels to be consistent with benchmarks. Focus on fewer, more effective events consistent with guidance from Advisory Council.
Merge Student Success with Student Affairs. The merging of Student Success with Student Affairs allows for a more focused and efficient deployment of Office resources designed plan for improving their academic performance and avoid the risk of academic failure.
Eliminate mirror management structure in Student Life and Career Services. The mirror management structure supporting Student Affairs operations on the Dubai and Abu Dhabi campuses is an inefficient and duplicate application of management oversight and direction. It leads to inefficiency of management resources, runs the risk of inconsistent application of management practices, program planning and direction.
Policies and procedures need to be developed which will establish and maintain the Counseling Center’s scope on education, not treatment. Student Counseling Center services must be focused on crisis intervention, psycho-metric and educational screening, and referral services. Subcontracting standards for outsourcing student psychological services to a certified community treatment facility should be established. Students experiencing serious psychological or psychiatric problems should be referred to a third-party resource outside the University. Students demonstrating delusional behavior, substance abuse, rape or other violence, bi-polar, suicidal or overtly aggressive behavior should be referred to a community clinical treatment resource and followed by the Counseling Center for the student’s readiness to return to the University.
Impact of Office changes
All advising and counseling activities into an existing committee structure to increaseThe move of Financial Aid to Student Affairs provides a central point for students
related to counseling, wellness, student success and financial aid. This move should result in the elimination of 2 positions of Financial Aid considering the current funding level.
The reduction of staffing levels supporting Student Affairs functions of student counseling, career counseling and student life will align staffing levels with benchmark data. provide for a more integrated and consistent management of Student Affairs services and programs.
The inclusion of Student Success as part of Student Affairs will allow for a more efficient and effective application of the range of services available to students to promote their academic and post academic careers.
Eliminating mirror management structure in Student Life and Career Services creates a single point of program direction and planning responsibility. This can ensure the uniform application of management practices, planning and communication and directives across both campuses. Maintaining a focus on crisis intervention and referral services in the Student Counseling Center will provide critical education and guidance to students, help students get needed treatment, and reduce legal risk to the university.