SDPA Mission Statement

The office of Student Development and Public Affairs (SDPA) fosters student, faculty, and staff success through programs and integrated services that advance academic endeavors, while providing student engagement opportunities designed to enrich student life.

SDPA enhances the student experience by:

  • Assisting students in achieving and maintaining good academic standing in order to persist and attain educational goals
  • Building connections to MSU through meaningful relationships with faculty, staff, and other students
  • Developing intellectual, ethical, and healthy emotional characteristics through significant co-curricular involvement
  • Enhancing an inclusive campus community that is welcoming and respects individual differences
  • Engaging students through activities that will prepare them for future education, civic engagement, and productive careers
  • Supporting students in their understanding and demonstrated value of academic integrity
  • Demonstrating and participating in the Public Affairs mission

SDPA enhances the faculty experience by:

  • Assisting with the design and development of courses that promote active learning experiences for students
  • Enhancing the effective use of educational technology across all modalities
  • Contributing to the creation and support of student-centered learning environments
  • Increasing student learning through student-centered assessment strategies
  • Providing professional development and continuous improvement activities that enhance teaching, advising, and service
  • Promoting activities that support scholarship, teaching, and research opportunities related to Public Affairs