Our Mission

Provide educational and developmental opportunities for students to make informed decisions that support their success at Oregon State University. We are dedicated to providing an environment that will enable students to effectively engage in their academic and intellectual work.

Program Highlights

DOSL Central - DOSL provided leadership for and collaborated with the Academic Advising Council to develop the "Guidelines for Students, Faculty and Professional Staff Regarding Student Bereavement." The guidelines were approved by Faculty Senate in May of 2013.

Everyone Matters @ OSU

The Everyone Matters campaign is a six-month global social media campaign to foster inclusiveness and reduce intolerance. Faculty, staff, administrators, and students are encouraged to participate in the campaign by:

  • Everyone Matters at OSU partnered with Residential Life, RHA, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Valley Library and its Choose Civility campaign.
  • Over 1,000 commitment (to inclusivity and non-judgement) cards were filled out by students, faculty, and staff.
  • Campaigns via Facebook reached more than 45,000 users.

CSSA Leadership

The College Student Services Administration (CSSA) program at Oregon State University comprises a community of practitioners-scholars who strive to advance the field of student affairs through the preparation and continuing education of professional colleagues at the Master's level. The program's primary mission is to prepare individuals for professional administrative positions in student services departments at two- and four-year colleges and universities. The curriculum emphasizes administrative leadership and management of programs and services. The CSSA program is a master's program academically housed in OSU's new School of Education and professionally housed within Student Affairs.

  • This year, DOSL let the central coordination and the student support of the College Student Services Administration (CSSA) program and all Adult and Higher Education (AHE) undergraduate courses. We built relationships with the College of Education.
  • As part of the coordination of CSSA, DOSL also took leadership of all Adult and Higher Education (AHE) undergraduate courses including management of courses, faculty connections, etc.
  • We began to see a change within the program in terms of the first-year cohort. They began their tenure in the program with a social justice retreat, which led smaller groups within CSSA to begin and carry on social justice conversations such as the Christian caucus.
  • Much of the work with CSSA Leadership was relationship-based. Relationships needed in some cases to be built, in some cases mended, and maintained.

NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP)

The NASPA Undergraduate Fellows program is a semi-structured mentoring program for undergraduate students wishing to explore and better understand the field of student affairs and/or higher education. The mission of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program is to increase the number of historically underrepresented professionals in student affairs, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority background; those having a disability; and those identifying as LGBTQ.

  • The NUFP program experienced its largets year yet at OSU with 13 Scholars involved in various leadership roles on campus including various leadership roles within Student Life, University Housing and Dining, Diversity Development, and Women's Studies.
  • This winter, AHE 499: Explorations of Higher Education doubled in size from the previous year, proving to be the largest enrollment in the class' history.

DOSL Internships

At OSU educational experiences go beyond the classroom. The Dean of Student Life Office has provided opportunity for students to explore their interest of working in a student affairs office through short-term internships. This year, 18 interns have completed a range of projects from assisting in syllabus development, resource guide creation, CSSA related events including Campus Days and transition-related events.

  • The work in developing internships with DOSL Central for NUFP Scholars expanded. Kim McAloney attended a session at the NASPA Annual Conference that discussed intentional internship development around learning outcomes. Based on a few examples from the session, Kim was able to incorporate pieces into the internship structure to create a more holistic and educational experience for intens.
  • Kim McAloney has begun consulting regarding building student employment and internships around learning outcomes (LGGs) with the College of Engineering and the Academic Success Center. OSU Human Resources has asked Kim to be available for trainings and consultations as this model is a best practice at OSU.
  • DOSL Central had 18 interns (8 graduate students; 10 undergraduate students) throughout the year. Projects included course devvelopment, website conversion and management, social justice initiatives, CSSA Campus Days, NUFP summer interns, and NUFP program development.
  • DOSL internships were improved based on research done on self-authorship, leadership for a better world, sentipensante pedagogy, the CAS standards, and an OSU Career Services internship best practices rubric.
  • We developed a social justice initiatives intern for a CSSA student to assist with the incoming cohorts' social justice immersion and to work with the NUFP pre-conference for the Western Regional Conference.

Video(s) - Introduction to Student Life