Missouri State University

Student Development and Public Affairs

Welcome to Student Development and Public Affairs

Letter from Associate Provost

I am happy to welcome you to Student Development and Public Affairs at Missouri State University. Our unit is focused on student success. To support students academically, we provide the Academic Advisement Center; the Achievement Center for Intercollegiate Athletics; the BearCLAW (Center for Learning and Writing); Citizenship and Service-Learning (CASL); the first year seminar, GEP 101, First-Year Foundations; SOAR (Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration); the Partners in Education Program; and the Individualized Majors Program.

To support the teaching community, our unit provides many development opportunities for GEP 101 faculty and Master Advisors, along with extensive offerings through the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. A new program, operating as part of the Bear CLAW, is the Absent Professor Program which provides effective workshops by either substituting for faculty who cannot attend class or by providing workshops focusing on student success that supplement course material.

Through the Office for Assessment, we assess student learning by facilitating various campus studies, surveys, and exams used to support the academic mission of MSU.

Student Development and Public Affairs is also responsible for assisting the campus in achieving the goals of the Public Affairs Mission. We do so through providing grant opportunities for Public Affairs projects on campus, providing speakers for the Public Affairs Convocation series and Public Affairs Conference, and by spotlighting campus community members who live Public Affairs through their daily activities.

I hope you will explore our website to see the many and varied opportunities of support and enrichment available through Student Development and Public Affairs. My office is in University Hall. I am happy to talk with you and describe our services in more detail.

Dr. Rachelle Darabi, Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs
Dr. Rachelle L. Darabi

Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs
115 University Hall     (417) 836-8346

Our mission

To foster student, faculty, and staff success through integrated services and programs that advance academic endeavors and the Public Affairs mission, as well as, provide development opportunities that enable an enriching student-life experience.

 With a focus on our students, this mission is realized through:

  • Helping our campus community feel welcomed and recognized
  • Developing a connection to MSU through meaningful relationships with faculty, staff, and peers
  • Assisting students in achieving and maintaining good academic standing in order to persist and attain their educational goals
  • Helping students develop intellectually, ethically, and emotionally
  • Engaging with the campus community through significant co-curricular involvement
  • Preparing for future education, civic engagement, and productive careers
  • Understanding and participating in the Public Affairs mission

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