- Adopt a proactive model for student activities, consistent with best research and consistent
with EU institutional mission.
- Clarify learning goals and outcomes in conjunction with the mission of EU.
- Develop a thoughtful program of assessment of learning goals.
- Significantly reduce bureaucratic processes for all aspects of student life including
student activity approval, student club activities, recreation and sport approvals, announcements
to students about upcoming events, and student conduct.
- Immediate discontinuation of processes that restrict clubs and organizations from
- Discontinue the current lengthy centralized and multi-signature student activity approval
process managed by a committee which approves the events and required announcement
approval process with required template to allow student groups to individualize
activity announcements and thus learn how effective marketing of events
and activities impacts attendance.
- Increase opportunities for Peer Mentoring and Leadership.
It is clear the Student Affairs programs are not meeting the needs of the students or the
University as they are currently constituted and performing. Student Affairs programs and
service offerings are working at cross purposes with faculty and curriculum objectives.
The effective integration of Student Affairs support services into the learning programs
and objectives of the University is the appropriate responsibility of the Provost. To assist
her in setting the strategic direction of Student Affairs at Zayed University, it is critical that
she has the resources and counsel necessary to do so. The Student Affairs Advisory Council
is an essential unit necessary to bring the primary stakeholders [students, faculty, Deans
and University administration] into the process of setting the direction for Student Affairs.
This group – in collaboration with the Provost and the Assistant Provost for Student Affairs
– should set benchmark metrics for Student Affairs’ program performance and establish a
systematic process for evaluating the efficacy of SA services. Phase II staffing level recommendations
should be calibrated to meet essential student service needs and additional
staff added and/or redeployed based on the strategic direction established by the Provost in
consultation with the Student Affairs Advisory Committee.