Division of Student Development

Welcome to Student Development

As a residential college, Albion is concerned with the growth and development of the whole person in a number of interrelated realms: intellectual, personal, social, spiritual, emotional, physical, vocational. A primary goal of the Student Development Division is to encourage students to develop a greater sense of responsibility: responsibility for their own education, responsibility for their own decision-making, responsibility for formulating defensible positions on important issues—indeed responsibility for determining their own identity and life’s direction.

Under the direction of the Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students, the six departments and two programs within the Student Development Division of the College provide programs and services that support the academic mission of the College and that encourage and enhance a full educational experience for each individual student. To learn more about the departments and programs within the Student Development Division, please visit the websites for these offices and programs.

Mission Statement

The Albion College Division of Student Development engages students in an inclusive, safe, healthy and enriching residential learning community.

Vision Statement

The Division of Student Development prepares our students to positively impact their current and future communities.

Learning Goals

  • Inclusion: Cultivating students’ awareness and understanding of their own distinct identities, increasing their connection to others and understanding how all identities belong together in community.
  • Safety: Partnering to create a safe living, learning and working community for students and others. 
  • Health and Wellness: Providing programming and educational opportunities that will integrate the seven dimensions of wellness into a student’s daily life that will help them persist and thrive. 
  • Community Engagement: Providing opportunities for active involvement and learning that positively shape the quality of a student’s relationship with themselves, others and the larger campus community. 
  • Leadership: Exploring personal values and ethics, learning tangible leadership skills and applying leadership skills in co-curricular experiences.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Inclusion: Students will be able to…
    • Identify aspects of their own identity and culture
    • Listen while withholding judgment about the new or unfamiliar
    • Approach other people with curiosity and care while demonstrating empathy
    • Engage in civil discourse while considering perspectives that are different from their own
  • Safety: Students will be able to…
    • Identify their own basic safety needs
    • Understand that they have responsibility for the safety of themselves and others
    • Practice safety strategies and demonstrate help-seeking behaviors
    • Navigate systems and structures to meet their needs in order to help build a safe community 
  • Health and Wellness: Students will be able to…
    • Identify behaviors that promote their own health and wellness
    • Understand how to balance their health and make lifestyle choices and decisions to thrive
    • Navigate the public health system in order to access appropriate resources
  • Community Engagement: Students will be able to…
    • Choose to learn something new with others
    • Identify strategies and experiences to build shared values and make collaborative decisions as part of a team
    • Recognize the similarities and differences that contribute to a successful community
    • Develop opportunities for active and positive contribution to the campus community
  • Leadership: Students will be able to…
    • Identify the core values that motivate them and others
    • Understand basic leadership theory, strategies and skills
    • Identify their own personal leadership style and ways to contribute to a successful team
    • Apply leadership theory and strategies in their co-curricular experiences