The USU focused its student development in three areas:
With 56 full-time staff positions, 38 full-time and part-time temporary staff and 423 student assistant positions, the USU is the largest single employer of students on the campus. Its goal of being the premier employer of students on campus goes beyond the numbers. Its intention is to create purposeful learning experiences that support students’ personal and professional development.
The USU student work experience includes student supervisor positions, self-appraisals and evaluations, tiered employment and promotion opportunities, the ability to “test into” higher positions, and opportunities to gain certifications and attend professional conferences. The corporation also has embraced StrengthsQuest® the Gallup organization’s groundbreaking development tool that helps participants operate from a model of empowerment versus deficiency. The intentional use of such instruments is to hone leadership (talents or skills) and create as many leaders as possible.
The Board of Directors’ majority membership is comprised of student leaders who provide strategic direction to the corporation. Its student subcommittees, where student employees can serve, review policies and make recommendations for future Board action. Current subcommittees address facilities, services, finance, human resources, auditing and strategic planning.