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Student Organization Success Framework

Student Org Success Framework

Launched in autumn 2017, the Student Organization Success Framework is intended to help student organizations pursue excellence by strengthening individual members, managing organization operations and contributing to our larger community. The Framework identifies individual, organizational and community outcomes where any organization can develop. Using a self-assessment tool, 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 for organizations who want to improve the experience of their members, operational effectiveness and community engagement. 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 student organizations can use the Student Organization Success Framework to help make their group better, stronger and more successful! The Framework outlines three key areas for individual, organizational and community excellence. Within those three areas are specific outcomes, along with related university resources.

First, check out the Student Organization Success Framework and familiarize yourself with the outcomes. Each outcome contributes to the ongoing success of your student organization. 

Second, download the Organization Self-Assessment to evaluate organization practices at a developing, successful or exceptional level. Organizations may choose to complete the Self-Assessment with input from leaders, members, advisors and/or community members.

Third, use the results of the Self-Assessment to identify areas of strength as well as areas for growth. Access the online resource listing to connect with campus departments who can help you develop in specific areas. 

For assistance using Self-Assessment, or suggestions for action planning based on results, contact the student organizations team at csls@osu.edu or stop by our open office hours in the KBK Center for Student Leadership and Service - Mondays at 1-2:30 p.m. or Thursdays 10:30 a.m.-Noon.

Success Framework Pilot Experience

We invite those organizations using the Framework to participate in a "pilot implmentation group." Organizations who opt-in to the pilot will...

  • Review the Framework and complete the Organization Self-Assessment
  • Receive individualized consultation with Student Activities staff about your assessment results and available resources
  • Attend one meeting at the end of November to share feedback and brainstorm possible incentives for using the Framework

Meetings will be held:

  • Monday, November 27 at 5pm in Ohio Union, KBK Center Aviation Room
  • Tuesday, November 28 at 4pm in Ohio Union, KBK Center Ohio Firsts Room
  • Wednesday, November 29 at 6pm in KBK Center Aviation Room
  • Thursday, November 30 at 4pm in Ohio Union, KBK Center Aviation Room

Interested organizations should send at least one representative to one meeting. You do not need to attend all four.

To participate in the pilot implementation group, email Jen Pelletier at pelletier.17@osu.edu to RSVP for your preferred meeting time.

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