An Intro to the Contemporary VPUL June 20, 2012 Dr. Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum Shifting demographics gender identity ethnicity religion socioeconomics family backgrounds sexual identity age generational cohorts disabilities international Penn Class of 2016 • 39% are US minorities. • 14% are first-generation college students. • Compared to next year’s junior and senior classes, the freshman and sophomore classes include more: • Black students (up by 24%) • Hispanic students (up by 30%) • Native American students (up from 36 to 53) • Between 2008 and 2011, the number of Penn students who received Pell grants increased 53%. Penn Compact Increasing Access Integrating Knowledge Local Engagement Global Engagement VPUL Mission As the University’s foremost provider of student services and educational access, the Division of the Vice Provost for University Life enhances the ability of Penn students and other community participants to reach their fullest potential through diverse academic, personal, and professional development experiences in support of the Penn Compact. VPUL Strategic Priorities • Addressing the evolving needs of our diverse student community • Fostering innovative practices in University Life • Enhancing student co-curricular learning and development • Promoting student health and wellness • Advancing student scholarly and career ambitions • Encouraging local and global engagement • Creating a culture of evidence-based assessment VPUL services support: • All 25,000 of Penn’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, along with more than a thousand community members • More than 500 student groups, including 50 fraternities and sororities • Seven federally-funded grant programs • More than 65,000 visits to the Student Health Service each year • Thousands of hours of student and staff community service • Thousands of programs, workshops, and events for students, faculty, staff, and community partners Academic & Career • Career Services • McNair Scholars • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship • PENNCAP/Pre-Freshman Program • Tutoring Center • Weingarten Learning Resources Center • Office of Learning Resources • Student Disabilities Services Penn Student Activities • • • • • • Campus & Community Office of Student Affairs University Life Arts Initiatives Civic House VPUL Facilities / Perelman Quad OSA / Fraternity and Sorority Life Naval ROTC Cultural Resource Centers • • • • • • Greenfield Intercultural Center La Casa Latina Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center Makuu: The Black Cultural Center Pan-Asian American Community House Penn Women's Center Equity & Access Programs • • • • • • Educational Opportunity Center Summer Mentorship Program / PLUS Talent Search Upward Bound Upward Bound Math Science Veterans Upward Bound Health & Wellness • Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives • Counseling and Psychological Services • Student Disabilities Services (WLRC) • Student Health Service • Health Promotion and Education • Student Intervention Services Challenges and Opportunities • • • • • Changing student populations Evolving student needs Rapidly changing technology landscape Fiscal constraints Push for assessment and accountability How do we best create an environment that helps students and core service audiences to flourish? Challenges and Opportunities • • • • • Better understanding our impact across functional areas Creating synergies and extending partnerships Staff training and professional development Expanding our development and fundraising infrastructure Effective, strategic planning, assessment, and reporting We best help students and core service audiences to flourish by working together and integrating knowledge. Because University Life at Penn Includes YOU!