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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. Then use the results of the Self-Assessment to identify areas of strength as well as areas for growth.

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

For assistance using the 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 (or schedule an individual meeting in spring semester) to share feedback and brainstorm possible incentives for using the Framework

To participate in the pilot implementation group, email Jen Pelletier at pelletier.17@osu.edu to arrange an individual meeting with a student org staff member.

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

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 thegrowth 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. 

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