Category Archives: Vice President for Student Affairs

APSAC grants awarded to Student Affairs professionals

APSAC - Administrative & Professional Staff Advisory CommitteeAPSAC, the Administrative & Professional Staff Advisory Committee, has awarded professional development grants to 20 staff members, including 8 from the Division of Student Affairs. Recipients typically use their funding for conferences, seminars, workshops, and continuing education.

Fall 2013 APSAC grant recipients from the Division of Student Affairs

Grants of up to $750 per individual are awarded twice per year. The next round of professional development grant applications, available to all administrative and professional staff, will be available in late January 2014.

Source: Purdue Today

Be Involved with B-Involved

Student Activities and Organizations launches B-Involved Initiative

by Jim Hintz
Associate Dean of Students


Student Activities and Organizations (SAO) in the Office of the Dean of Students has launched the B-Involved initiative, which will assist student leaders with managing their Purdue experience as well as connect students to more than 900 diverse student-led organizations’ programs and events.

The new B-Involved website at serves as a landing page for student leadership and involvement.  With the introduction of B-Involved, SAO now offers students a one-stop Web platform called BoilerLink, which offers students and student organizations features to help manage their organizations, recruit members, publicize events, and create historical records for smoother transitions. Organizations can post event fliers that are automatically fed to PurdueBoard, maintain membership lists, track service hours, conduct elections, upload pictures and communicate to members via email or text message. Student organization events and travel request forms are now hosted within BoilerLink.

The BoilerLink platform also offers customizable headers, fonts and toolbar colors among other features. Groups also can integrate their BoilerLink page with Facebook and Twitter.  In addition to organization management, BoilerLink allows students to explore various co-curricular opportunities and enhance their experiences outside the classroom. Students can explore and contact organizations to seek membership or participate in sponsored events. BoilerLink even recommends organizations and events based on the interest areas chosen by students.

Students also can track their involvement in campus activities by using BoilerLink to create a Co-Curricular Transcript. The CCT captures a student’s experiences that are not reflected on their academic transcript, including information on organization memberships, leadership positions, event attendance at major campus programs, and community service hours logged.

Students can self-report experiences, such as a study abroad program, an honor or award, campus employment or an internship, and provide reflection on what they gained from those experiences. The CCT can serve as a resource for students when applying for scholarships, having conversations with career counselors or potential employers, or creating their first professional portfolio.

For more information about B-Involved, BoilerLink or the Student Organization Leadership Development Workshops, visit, email, call (765) 494-1231, or stop by the SAO office in Schleman Hall, Room 250.

Seeking Co-curricular Experiences

Do You Have a Co-Curricular Experience that Meets an Embedded Outcome?

by Diane Beaudoin, Director of Assessment for the Office of the Provost

DSC_2341This fall launched Purdue’s Outcomes-Based Core Curriculum – a set of targeted learning outcomes designed to equip graduates with the skills needed for success in the 21st century global marketplace.  The outcomes are separated into two categories – foundational and embedded.  The foundational outcomes are met through a set of approved foundational courses that are portable across all majors and disciplines.  The embedded outcomes are met within each major and define the learning expectations of particular disciplines.  Embedded outcomes can be met through courses or experiences. Embedded outcomes include:  creative thinking, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, global citizenship and social awareness, intercultural knowledge, leadership and teamwork, quantitative reasoning, integrative knowledge, written communication, oral communication, and information literacy.  The Co-Curricular Council is seeking nominations of activities that meet the embedded outcomes.  The activities must be of sufficient rigor to meet academic requirements and must include a plan for assessing the degree to which students achieve the learning outcome.  The nomination form can be found at  If you are considering nominating an activity, but are unsure about the assessment piece, join a mini assessment academy being offered by Diane Beaudoin in the Office of the Provost (

Improving the First Year Experience

The First Year Experience Pilot Program in Housing and Food Services

by Kevin Maurer, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Assessment for HFS

Initiated out of the Foundations of Excellence self-study that focused on improving the first year student experience at Purdue University, University Residences is piloting a First Year Experience (FYE) program in two primarily freshmen residence halls, Owen and McCutcheon Halls.  The purpose of FYE is to provide first year residents with the opportunity to develop skills necessary to help them succeed academically, emotionally, and socially at Purdue.  Centered around seven themes—Academic Success, Career Decision Making, Civic Responsibility, Health & Wellness, Identity Development, Multicultural Awareness, and Relationships—FYE will ultimately expand to impact all first year on-campus residents.KevinMaurer

Student Satisfaction

Student Satisfaction Survey Results are In

by Andrew Zehner, Student Affairs Assessment and Data Analyst

Most assessment at Purdue focuses on learning outcomes, but there are other important assessment targets. Student satisfaction with on-campus services is one of these. Student satisfaction is vital because satisfied students tend to be more successful. Students become satisfied by experiencing campus resources. Engaged student get more help to stay healthy, happy and up-to-speed in the classroom. They also feel they belong at Purdue.

Students by Loeb Fountain (by Andrew Hancock/Purdue University)

The 2013 Purdue Student Satisfaction Survey looked at 109 different campus programs, services, resources and facilities. Thirteen campus offices took part in the project. The survey shows high satisfaction with campus services. Nevertheless, there is room for improvement in every department and urgent need to improve student awareness of on-campus resources and opportunities. The student satisfaction survey report presents results for every question, disaggregation by gender, ethnicity, residency, class and general attitude, plus hundreds of candid student comments and suggestions.