Mission and Goals

Student Affairs and Advancement plays a significant role in preparing Michigan Tech graduates to make a difference in our world. We seek direction from our mission, vision, and values to provide innovative student-centered activities, programs and services; promote civic engagement and responsibility; and develop strong leadership and team-building capabilities, critical thinking, and ethical awareness.

Our Mission

We prepare students to create the future and we make their success our highest priority.

Our Vision

Create Possibilities. Inspire Learning. Exceed Expectations.

Our Values

The success of Michigan Tech students is the most important measure of our progress.  Given this, we are committed to inspiring:

  • An engaged community that actively seeks improvement through acceptance and understanding.
  • Students to achieve world-class scholarship through academics, research, and continued learning.
  • The exploration and creation of all possibilities through innovative use of their skills and knowledge.
  • Individuals to hold themselves accountable, and to act with integrity, honesty, and diligence.
  • The tenacity required to make ethical choices and to persevere through all obstacles.

Our learning outcomes

Students engaged in programs, initiatives, and experiences offered by Student Affairs and Advancement will:

  • Understand and act as ethically and civically engaged leaders.
  • Develop communication skills necessary to adapt and engage effectively in groups.
  • Acquire and demonstrate personal responsibility and accountability.
  • Obtain and apply intercultural knowledge to thrive in our global society.
  • Exhibit a sense of pride and affinity for Michigan Tech.


Our goals for 2013-2014

Given the University's Strategic Plan and our mission, vision, and values, the Division of Student Affairs and Advancement will focus efforts on the following goals over the course of the next year:

  • Embrace the new organizational structure and identify new opportunities for collaboration.
  • Educate faculty, staff and students about the importance of philanthropy and foster a culture of giving that exemplifies the impact of this important lifelong practice.
  • Expand and improve methods of communicating with students that will better inform, serve, and support student success.
  • Develop a robust technology plan that will guide the vision and prioritization of technology based projects, initiatives, and resources.
  • Explore opportunities for the development of private/public partnerships for on-campus housing options.
  • Reevaluate our assessment efforts and determine if we are collecting and leveraging the correct data and using it to make informed decisions.  
  • Launch the new wellness model and refine existing initiatives that support and embrace student wellness.

Some of our strategies to help us reach these goals include the following

  • Refresh and re-energize our committees.
  • Expand Development Officers’ involvement in assigned departments to elevate the fundraising role of all campus leaders.
  • Open the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success and associated programs.
  • Fully launch university strategic communications plan.
  • Expand use of technology through the strategic prioritization of project development under Student Affairs Information Systems.
  • Define a 1-5 year renovation and maintenance plan for on-campus housing.
  • Develop strategic tuition/discount strategy as a part of an updated comprehensive university enrollment plan.
  • Continue to increase the number of female students.
  • Launch MyMichiganTech for current students, new graduates/others and establish policies and procedures for its use.
  • Review assessment strategies working toward greater distribution, accessibility, and usability.