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San Diego State University

Annual Report

Welcome from Vice President James R. Kitchen

photo: James R. KitchenThe 2010/2011 academic year was a time of transitions at San Diego State University. As the Vice President for Student Affairs, my leadership team and I had to struggle once again with the reality of a diminishing state budget. However, I am very proud of the many accomplishments that our division achieved with dedication and ingenuity, in spite of limited resources. 

Through collaborations and strategic planning, we have helped make SDSU a better place for the students we serve. I hope you’ll take the time to read of the many accomplishments outlined in this annual report.

In reviewing our accomplishments, a number of key activities rose to the top. All were focused on the key initiatives of:

  • Student success
  • Advancing research and creative endeavors
  • Community engagement
  • Diversity and internationalism
  • Sustainability

Student Affairs’ programs and services are based on meeting the needs of all students at all levels, as we strive to nurture in SDSU students the kind of change, growth, and development that will help them meet their highest educational aspirations.

During the last academic year, the biggest transition for the university was the retirement of President Stephen L. Weber, who left after 15 years of stewardship and service. As the year ended, SDSU welcomed its eighth president, Elliot Hirshman. Dr. Hirshman brings a style of leadership focused on the mission of creating an environment in which all students can succeed. I look forward to working with him as we continue the momentum of SDSU’s recognition as a premier, urban research university – a university where students thrive, grow and prosper.


James R. Kitchen, Ed.D.

Mission Statement

The Division of Student Affairs is a student-centered partner in the SDSU learning community. Education is enhanced, both inside and outside of the classroom, through quality support services and programs that advance student learning and development.

The Division contributes to academic and personal success, encourages independent civic responsibility and promotes the welfare of all students. Student Affairs helps connect students to the university and to their future, building alliances that foster retention and loyalty beyond graduation.

Vision Statement

The Division of Student Affairs plays a vital role in the personal growth, wellness, intellectual development, academic achievement and career success of each individual student by:

  • Fostering a campus culture that encourages each student to articulate his or her own goals for success
  • Enhancing the learning environment and expanding learning opportunities for all students inside and outside the classroom
  • Promoting a campus climate that values, accepts and learns from our rich diversity
  • Developing leaders who believe in and lead others toward supporting civility, mutual respect and diversity in our society and workplaces
  • Expanding the opportunities for students to participate in local, regional and international experiences
  • Building and expanding the human, technological and physical resources that support growth and development