The Student Center is the community center of the university, serving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. By whatever form or name, a college union is an organization offering a variety of programs, activities, services, and facilities that, when taken together, represent a well-considered plan for the community life of the university.
The Student Center is an integral part of the educational mission of the university. As the center of the university community, the Student Center complements the academic experiences through an extensive variety of cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs. These programs provide the opportunity to balance coursework and free time as cooperative factors in education.
The Student Center is a student-centered organization that values participatory decision-making. Through volunteerism, its boards, committees, and student employment, the Student Center offers firsthand experience in citizenship, social responsibility, and values.
In all of its processes, the Student Center encourages self-directed activity, giving maximum opportunity for self-realization and for growth in individual social competency and group effectiveness. The Student Center’s goal is the development of persons as well as intellects.
Traditionally considered the “hearthstone” or “living room” of the campus, today's Student Center is the gathering place of the university. The Student Center provides services and conveniences the members of the university need in their daily lives and creates an environment for getting to know and understand others through formal and informal associations.
* Adopted by the Association of College Unions International general membership in 1996, this statement is based on The Role of the College Union statement, 1956.
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