Student Life Assessment

Student Life programs at Rocky Mountain College enhance the College’s educational offerings by assisting students with co-curricular experiences and positively contributing to their intellectual and personal growth.

Specifically, student life departments and programs:

  1. Promote student success;
  2. Encourage healthy lifestyle decisions;
  3. Facilitate access to campus and community resources;
  4. Assist students to develop positive campus and community relationships;
  5. Foster an understanding of campus culture and expectations;
  6. Provide a safe and healthy learning environment.

The Rocky Mountain College Office of Student Life has developed a comprehensive assessment model intended to facilitate effective program review and continual process improvement. Foundational documents and criteria for success for each program are listed below.

Office of Student Activities

Mission: The Rocky Mountain College Office of Student Activities creates programs that contribute to the cultural, intellectual and social life of the College community.

Objectives:

  1. Create, organize, and implement co-curricular and extracurricular programs.
  2. Ensure programming that reflects evolving campus and student needs.
  3. Celebrate existing RMC traditions and create new traditions appropriate to the College culture.
  4. Develop student leadership and create opportunities for students to engage their environment as leaders.

Students who engage in student activities programming will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for students of diverse identities and beliefs;
  2. Form meaningful and mutually supportive relationships with peers and other members of the College community;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to work toward a common objective as productive members of a team;
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of RMC traditions and to participate in the growth of those traditions; and
  5. Describe social issues that impact their collegiate experiences and identify safe behaviors that promote individual and community safety.

Office of Residence Life

Mission: The Office of Residence Life provides students with a residential living community that supports the academic experience through community responsibility and by facilitating opportunities for success.

Objectives:

  1. Facilitate and encourage student responsibility within the College community.
  2. Provide for the safety and health of the residential community.
  3. Support and contribute to student success.
  4. Develop student leadership and create opportunities for students to engage the campus and community as leaders.

Students who reside in on-campus housing will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how their personal choices affect their living environments;
  2. Articulate their role in the development and maintenance of a healthy living/learning community;
  3. Form meaningful and mutually supportive relationships with peers, paraprofessional, and professional staff members that contribute to their success;
  4. Practice safe behaviors in relation to their personal property and choices and follow safety procedures; and
  5. Identify academic and co-curricular resources that contribute to their academic success.

Leadership, Engagement, & Achievement Program (LEAP)

Mission: The Leadership, Engagement, & Achievement Program (LEAP) improves student success and persistence through student support programming, leadership development, and assessment.

Objectives:

  1. Develop programming that supports the success of at-risk student populations.
  2. Provide collaborative interventions and advocacy for students.
  3. Develop student leadership and create opportunities for students to engage the campus and community as leaders.
  4. Provide leadership and resources for assessment initiatives.

Students who participate in LEAP initiatives will be able to:

  1. Form mutually beneficial peer relationships that enhance their student experience and academic progress;
  2. Identify academic support resources available and utilize appropriate programs to improve academic standing;
  3. Engage in student leadership roles that develop them as critical thinkers and provide them with well-rounded professional skills; and
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of how their individual barriers, motivations, and strengths impact their academic experience.

Office of Campus Safety

Mission: The Office of Campus Safety provides for a safe environment by encouraging personal responsibility, promoting a well-informed and proactive College community, and employing prevention initiatives and systems. 

By keeping the College community educated and aware of safety practices and situations, the Office of Campus Safety contributes to the overall learning environment that promotes critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and informed citizenship.

 Objectives:

  1. Employ policies and procedures that ensure a safe and secure College community.
  2. Promote community awareness and personal responsibility.
  3. Develop educational programming that reinforces campus and personal safety.
  4. Develop and maintain relationships with community partners that support campus safety.

 Rocky Mountain College students will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of their responsibility for creating a safe campus environment;
  2. Employ safe behaviors in relation to their personal property and choices; and
  3. Be able to articulate how their actions and the actions of those around them affect the broader campus community.

Chaplain and Office of Spiritual Life

 Mission: The Chaplain and Office of Spiritual Life provides for the spiritual growth and well-being of the College community. 

Objectives:

  1. Address the diverse spiritual needs of the College community.
  2. Support the exploration and practice of faith.
  3. Represent the College’s denominational heritage

Students who engage in spiritual life programming will be able to:

  1. Articulate their spiritual beliefs and integrate those beliefs within the context of the academic community;
  2. Articulate how their spiritual beliefs inform social engagement;
  3. Identify opportunities for engagement that address social responsibility;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for students of diverse spiritual identity and beliefs; and 
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of spiritual life support services, resources, and programming.

Office of Outdoor Recreation and Intramurals

Mission : Rocky Mountain College Outdoor Recreation and Intramurals provide recreational programs that challenge the individual and contribute to student wellness.

Objectives :

  1. Promote a lifelong interest in recreation and healthy lifestyle choices.
  2. Develop skills that empower students to recreate independently.
  3. Foster community engagement.
  4. Facilitate learning opportunities through outdoor recreation and intramural sports activities. 
  5. Develop student leadership and create opportunities for students to engage their environment as leaders.

Students who engage in intramural and outdoor recreation programming will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the value of recreational activities on their physical, mental, and spiritual wellness; 
  2. Articulate the importance of an individual's impact on the broader ecosystem;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for individuals of diverse identities and backgrounds; and
  4. Independently apply leadership techniques within their broader communities.

Office of Community Involvement

Mission: The Office of Community Involvement encourages lifelong dedication to community service and shared responsibility. 

Objectives:

  1. Establish community partnerships that support the mission of the College.
  2. Cultivate an awareness of community needs. 
  3. Provide service opportunities for the College community. 
  4. Ensure Rocky Mountain College is an engaged neighbor.

Students who engage in community involvement programming will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of service opportunities in the local community and at the national and international level;
  2. Articulate the value of participating in social and educational interactions with people who are different than themselves; 
  3. Describe how community service informs their chosen career and academic experiences; and
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of being an engaged citizen.

Career Services

Mission: Rocky Mountain College Career Services provides guidance to students and alumni, assisting them to develop the skills and qualities needed to achieve their educational and professional goals.

Objectives:

  1. Serve as a career development resource to students, alumni, faculty, and outside organizations.
  2. Provide structure and guidance to students as they move through the career development process.
  3. Facilitate connections between students, faculty, and potential employers.

Students who utilize career services resources will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to represent themselves in a professional manner;
  2. Describe the career development process and successfully employ career-planning strategies in their job/internship search;
  3. Articulate the connection between their academic experiences or curriculum to a professional setting; and
  4. Define and build a professional career development network.

Office of Counseling Services

Mission: The Office of Counseling Services promotes student wellness and success through educational programming, individual and group counseling services, and specialized referrals that maximize student success.

Objectives:

  1. Encourage healthy lifestyle decisions through preventative mental health education and services.
  2. Positively contribute to academic success/achievement by assisting students addressing mental health issues.
  3. Provide referral services within the community.
  4. Assist students to develop positive interpersonal relationships and campus connections.

Students who utilize campus counseling services will be able to:

  1. Examine personal concerns that may interfere with their ability to succeed in college or their personal lives;
  2. Identify support resources available and utilize appropriate programs to improve their academic and personal lives;
  3. Form supportive relationships that improve their student experience and academic achievement; and
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of healthy lifestyle behaviors. 
 
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