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Student Organization Success Framework

Student Org Success Framework

The Student Organization Success Framework is a resource designed to help student organizations pursue excellence. The Framework identifies individual, organizational and community outcomes where any organization can develop. Using these resources, organizations can identify where they want to grow, then use the Framework to connect with resources across campus.

Use of the Framework is not required, but highly encouraged. Organizations who choose to use the Framework may find they are better prepared to recruit and retain members, engage in collaborations, effectively transition leadership as well as be eligible to apply for Leadership Awards or other recognition opportunities.


How Does My Organization Use The Framework?

All organizations can use the Framework to help make their group better, stronger and more successful! The Framework outlines three key areas for individual, organizational and community excellence. To get started, we recommend: 

Step 1: Check out the Student Organization Success Framework and familiarize yourself with the outcomes. Each outcome contributes to the ongoing success of your student organization
Step 2: Download the Organization Self-Assessment to evaluate organization practices at a developing, successful or exceptional level
Step 3: Discuss the results of your Self-Assessment to identify areas of strength as well as areas for growth
Step 4: Build an Action Plan of next steps, using related university resources.

For more information about how to use the Framework, check out the How-To Guide.


Want Hands-On Help with the Framework?

Not sure what to do after completing the self-assessment? Looking to work through your action plan? Want to connect with someone as invested in the growth and success of your organization as you are? The Student Organization Success Coaches are a cohort of students who are here to work with you and your organization through consultations on the Framework Outcomes and other needs. 

If you are ready to meet with a Coach and request other support or resources from Student Activities, please use the Student Activities Request Form! Our team of trained coaches, facilitators, and staff members are excited to support you, your organization, department, or group. 

Interested in becoming a Student Organization Success Coach? Check out the website or email csls@osu.edu for more details!


Individual Outcomes

Successful student organizations create opportunities for their members to learn about their own strengths and abilities, gain confidence and build a sense of community. The Individual Outcomes include:

  • Consciousness of Self
  • Leadership Efficacy
  • Wellness
  • Social Perspective Taking
  • Social Change Behaviors

Organization Outcomes

Successful student organizations have structures and processes in-place to manage their overall operational effectiveness. The Organization Outcomes include:

  • Purpose and Goals
  • Membership Recruitment and Retention
  • Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Fundraising and Philanthropy
  • Leadership Transitions
  • Self-Governance
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Collaboration
  • Responsiveness and Innovation
  • Awareness of and Comfort with Difference
  • Advising Partnerships

Community Outcomes

Successful student organizations foster engagement and contribute to communities larger than themselves. The Community Outcomes include:

  • Citizenship
  • Connection to the University
  • Connection to and Belonging in the Student Organization Community
  • Risk Reduction