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Division of Student Affairs embarks on Strategic Planning Process

Monica Chapman | Jul 29, 2017

Ohio University’s Division of Student Affairs (DOSA) recently embarked on a strategic planning process that will help to maximize the support services provided to OHIO students. The two-year process will culminate in March 2018 with the publication of DOSA’s new strategic plan, which will redefine the division and guide its future endeavors.  

“By identifying a common vision and mission, division leadership seeks to unite staff, highlight its collective strength and promote a culture of care—care for students and for one another,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Pina.

The division has committed to engaging with a broad range of students, faculty, staff and community partners to redefine the scope of OHIO’s student services. To date, project lead Jenny Hall-Jones,senior associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, has met with all 13 of the division’s departments and hosted two open forums for external constituents.

A complete schedule of upcoming forums and feedback sessions can be viewed here. Those who cannot attend the open forums are invited to submit feedback by emailing studentaffairs@ohio.edu .

“My hope is that meaningful participation in the planning process will foster a stronger realtionships and end product,” said Hall-Jones. “To date, we’ve gained a lot of valuable insights from division staff and our University partners, and we will mold our strategic planning process around that feedback.”

According to Hall-Jones, the spring employee listening sessions have informed DOSA’s eight strategic planning principals:

•       Develop a sense of community and trust

•       Assessment of our current position

•       Define the must-haves

•       Everyone’s voice in DOSA matters

•       Students centered

•       Communication, transparency & marketing are key

•       A living, breathing document that is relevant

•       The end result should hit a sweet spot

“Not only will these thoughts guide our planning strategies, they will also impact the ways in which we implement the final plan,” Hall-Jones said. “Our goal is a strategic plan that enhances the student experience by guiding the work that the division undertakes. Ideally, it will also help division employees realize our collective impact.”


DOSA Open House


DOSA Open House