2012 MSU Assessment

Missouri State University Division of Student Affairs Commitment to Student Learning, Quality Services and Assessment


The individual departments and staff members of the Division of Student Affairs are dedicated to actively supporting the University Public Affairs Mission, the objectives of the 2011 – 2016 Long Range Plan (Fulfilling Our Promise), and the assessment goals of our Institutional Quality Initiatives established for continued and successful accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.


Overarching Learning Domains (LD’s) have been defined by the Division of Student Affairs for our units involved in student development and student learning.   The LD’s reflect the purposeful actions of the Student Affairs Departments.  The Learning Domains are:



Examples of Sub-domains



Educated Persons

Develop skills necessary for gaining knowledge (curricular and co-curricular)

Apply discipline knowledge to situations inside and outside the classroom environment

Assess information, ideas, and arguments (critical thinking)

Solve problems within context

Integrate co-curricular experience to educational experience and vice versa


Write, speak, and listen coherently and effectively

Prepare and deliver presentation(s)

Influence others through persuasive communication

Leadership Development

Demonstrate ethical integrity

Compare information from a variety of sources to form a decision or opinion

Develop and demonstrate leadership skills

Model active engagement and contribute to the success of organizations

Cultural Competence, Diversity

Associate how one’s identity and culture shape one’s perspective

Analyze the advantages and challenges of diverse society

Demonstrate an effort to understand the ideas, values, and beliefs of others; be open to difference

Develop multicultural competence through establishment of intercultural relationships

Seek involvement in diverse interests and with people different from oneself

Social Responsibility, Citizenship

Demonstrate an awareness of issues and events that have an impact on people at local, state, national, and global levels

Demonstrate an understanding of the consequences for one’s actions on local, state, national, and global levels

Develop an understanding of and commitment to developing positive change

Appropriately challenge the unfair, unjust, or uncivil behavior of other individuals or groups

Collaboration and Negotiation

Work cooperatively with others

Contribute to achievement of group goals or shared vision

Employ conflict resolution and mediation strategies

Interpret individual and group dynamics

Self-Awareness, Wellness

Assess personal strengths and weaknesses

Determine and clarify personal values

Balance participation between personal life and academic and career endeavors

Explore and apply dimensions of wellness across the lifespan


The Divisional commitment to assessment is approached by the various Student Affairs Units through evaluation and assessment of Learning Outcomes and/or Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s).  Intentional programming or delivery of services follow the philosophy of Yogi Berra, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll wind up somewhere else.” Therefore, each Student Affairs Unit has an established mission and/or purpose statement which supports the Divisional Mission as well as the University Mission.  To provide specific, documented support to the Mission, the Long Range Plan and the accrediting initiatives, each unit has a purposeful assessment plan approved by the respective members of the Vice President of Student Affairs direct reports (see organizational chart).