February 4, 2010
Delegates' Agenda Program Receives NASPA Excellence Award
Webster University's Delegates' Agenda Program has been selected as a NASPA Excellence Award Bronze Winner. The NASPA Excellence Awards were created to recognize the contributions of members who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services and effective administration.
For over 10 years, student leaders at Webster University have come together early in the fall and spring semesters to share their goals and ideas for improving various aspects of campus life. From this discussion, each semester their list of issues generates the "Delegates Agenda." This agenda has helped frame the important issues that students are most interested in working on and create a dialogue with administrators about these issues. The student leaders make professional presentations to the president and the vice presidents to advocate change for these chosen issues. In the past few years a large number of improvements have been made directly related to items that were addressed in the Delegates Agenda. Webster University is committed to offering a personalized education to its students. This is a unique opportunity for students to work with the administration to bring necessary change on campus.
Ted Hoef, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students submitted the program to NASPA for consideration. "John Ginsburg (Director, University Center & Student Activities) and Sarah Tetley (Assistant Director, Housing & Residential Life) are two members of my staff who put in a great deal of effort into the program," said Hoef. "It is due to their good work with our student leaders that the program has achieved this level of success."
NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education - is the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy, and practice. With more than 11,000 members at 1,400 institutions, NASPA is the foremost professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students.
With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University is a worldwide institution committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Founded in 1915, Webster offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through five schools and colleges, and a global network of more than 100 campuses. Since opening its first campus overseas in Geneva in 1978, Webster has become a recognized leader and innovator in global education, with an international presence that now includes campuses in London; Vienna; Amsterdam and Leiden, the Netherlands; Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu, China; and Bangkok and Cha-am, Thailand. Webster also has educational partnerships with universities in Mexico and Japan.