Student Development

Mission & Learning Outcomes


The Center for Student Development is dedicated to fostering student success and a sense of belonging for all students and families connected to New Paltz. Our goals are to; provide a positive transitional experience, maximize the retention and success of students, offer opportunities for leadership and social development to campus and the local community, serve as a primary link to campus for the parents and family members of our new and continuing students and foster a campus environment that promotes healthy and responsible decision making.

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of participating in orientation and other programs the Center for Student Development offers, students will learn to:

  • Name campus resources and offices that are available to help them in their transition to New Paltz
  • Identify transition issues they may encounter in their first-year
  • Describe community expectations and student responsibilities to the New Paltz community
  • Create a class schedule for the following semester
  • Utilize, NP Alert, Blackboard, etc.
  • Recognize the benefits of continued interaction with their Orientation Leader/Peer Mentor
  • Identify strategies for preventing sexual violence
  • Give examples of strategies for reducing high-risk drinking
  • Identify options for first-year engagement, including programming and leadership opportunities

Student OL/Peer Mentors & other Center for Student Development Staff will learn to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge on how to appropriately access campus information and resources, especially those that ease new student transitions.
  • Understand roles as orientation student staff, being aware of the specific tasks and expectations of this yearlong commitment.
  • Be knowledgeable about basic student development theory (concerning transition, homesickness, academic and social pressure, etc.)
  • Create a sense of community to establish a safe, inclusive, and supportine team environment that will encourage trust and teamwork skills.