Education and continuous learning lift morale, provide hope, foster creativity, empower leaders, and contribute to the personal development essential for our own success as well as the success of our students.

Our belief in the value of education and learning provides a foundation for the  division’s work. The goals for student learning, outlined below, provide a unifying language and sense of direction for the work of the division; moreover, these goals provide a focus for our divisional assessment efforts. Learning outcomes will vary from department-to-department as they are operationally defined over time, but the pursuit of these goals will enable us to discern our strengths and those areas in need of improvement. This information ultimately will enable divisional staff to focus more productively on students’ learning outside of the classroom. To this end, our challenge is to become increasingly intentional in the delivery of services and programs that foster learning in areas that are crucial for success in an ever-changing world.

In summary, the Division of Campus Life wants to provide students with an environment in which they can learn and be challenged in ways that propel their growth as students, scholars, and citizens of the world. We hope to create opportunities where students can easily experience and appreciate the uniqueness of Lafayette College’s campus life. This includes being part of a community whose deeply held values include respect for each other no matter who we are, what we believe, or where we’re from; a healthy curiosity about the world around them; and the belief that every person has an important perspective to bring to a conversation, activity, or event. Campus Life means that learning happens inside the classroom or during a lab project as much as it takes place in late-night conversations in your dorm, a campus-wide event such as All-College Day, or by volunteering in the community. Campus Life means every student can tap into his or her potential by easily finding the educational, psychological, religious, emotional, or spiritual resources they need to grow.

The information provided below has been prepared by the Student Learning and Assessment Committee of the Division of Campus Life and illustrates more fully the learning goals of the division.

Mission

  • We are educators who advance the mission of the College by facilitating student engagement and success.
  • We fulfill our mission by embodying professional excellence, promoting student-centered learning, and cultivating community.
  • We uphold the highest standards of operational excellence through our commitment to ongoing professional development, continuous improvement, collaborative practice, and responsible stewardship of resources.
  • We create an environment where students accept responsibility for learning and are valued partners in the advancement and implementation of programs and services.
  • We strive to foster a safe, equitable, and interconnected community where people care about each other and the world around them. (July 2013)