Student Affairs Assessment

Student Affairs Assessment

Strategic Goals and Objectives

Students talking in the Atrium

Goal #1: Building a welcoming, engaging and inclusive community that creates a sense of belonging for the students.


  • Foster school spirit and establish traditions
  • Offer curricular and co-curricular activities in conjunction with academic partners, creating a seamless learning environment.
  • Create more opportunities for student engagement through portable, personalized and targeted programming
  • Integrate themes of leadership and justice and diversity into the core of all student engagement activities.

Goal #2: Ensuring a spectrum of support services and resources that respond to changes in student needs


  • Develop a holistic wellness model that engages all aspects of wellbeing--social, mental, physical, and spiritual
  • Strengthen, streamline and communicate student policies and procedures
  • Attend to the needs of diverse populations

Goal #3: Building on infrastructure that supports excellence in divisional practice


  • Invest in the talent and skills of our staff
  • Establish clear programmatic outcomes and conduct regular assessments
  • Capitalize on entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Utilize facilities and spaces to build community
  • Develop communication strategies that engage and inform our stakeholders
  • Build sustainable systems and practices


Assessment Committee

Chair: Michael Sachs, Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students

Members: Audrey Thomas, Children’s Center; Chandrika Surajpal, Office of Accessibility Services; Chantelle Wright, Center for Career and Professional Development; Corey Berg, Athletics; Danielle Officer, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership; Elena Beharry, Counseling Services; Ingrid Cabanilla, Student Affairs; Jazmin Letamendi, Student Transition Programs; Jeffrey Aikens, Student Activities Association; Jessica Carson, Residence Life; Jessica Greenfield, Women’s Center for Gender Justice; Malaine Clarke, Health Services; Maria Vidal, Urban Male Initiative; Richard Pusateri, Military and Veterans Services; Rima Douglas, Community Outreach and Service Learning; Rosann Santos-Elliot, Strategic Initiatives; Sulema Ebrahim, Enrollment Management; Will Simpkins, Center for Career and Professional Development

Essential Skills

The skills we need to be successful as students are the same skills required of successful employees and entrepreneurs in today’s global, digitally-driven workplace. The Division of Student Affairs at John Jay College has identified five Essential Skills, based on national research into employers’ thoughts on college students as well as John Jay College’s mission “Educating for Justice.” These Essential Skills – Communication, Critical Thinking, Leadership & Teamwork, Social Justice & Civility, and Healthy Living – frame the services and programs provided through the Division of Student Affairs. The Essential Skills project in the Division of Student Affairs encompasses three activities: the calibration of all Student Affairs departments’ learning outcomes and activities to the five skill areas, assisting students in recognizing and building their competencies in these five skill areas, and validating and credentialing competency for individual students. 

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Essential Skills Team: Lynette Cook-Francis, Vice President of Student Affairs; Danielle Officer, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership; Rosann Santos-Elliott, Strategic Initiatives; Michael Sachs, Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students; Will Simpkins, Center for Career and Professional Development.