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    Dr. John Jones III

    I began my journey as a Blazer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the summer of 2015 with the task of rebuilding a Division of Student Affairs that would be the epitome of excellence in providing extraordinary student experiences – one that would inspire and empower our students to serve as leaders in a diverse society. As a student affairs professional dedicated to enhancing the student experience and advancing student success, that was an exciting challenge, and one I have taken on full throttle.

    It is my goal to create a Division of Student Affairs that will become a 21st century model. What we do at UAB will impact, I hope, not only our students, but the Student Affairs profession as a whole. I know that is a lofty aspiration, but we are prepared to do what it takes to make it our reality.

    As we started rebuilding this Division from the ground up, we began by asking ourselves what would be our vision. Overwhelmingly, the response was that we wanted to be a place where students, Student Affairs professionals, faculty and staff can create a synergy that will give birth to transformational experiences.

    We are a division of professionals who want to give our students an opportunity to take the lessons they learn in the classrooms and put them into action. We do that by providing them with learning environments and learning experiences. We also give them the support they need to thrive with housing, dining, wellness and counseling and advocacy. We are in the business of “transformation.”

    After we drafted our mission, vision and values, we honed in closer and asked what would be our priorities and the guiding principles to what we do. As we build a 21st century model, the words “excellence,” “engagement” and “innovation” continued to come up and were written into our plan for success.

    Throughout the process of creating our strategic plan, it was important to me that each member of the Division had a voice. We started with planning sessions with our directors, and once we had a draft, we took it to the Division. We brought out flip boards and handed out Sharpies. Each person was asked to share. We hosted forums, group sessions and discussions and made everything available on a shared drive. We gathered everyone’s feedback and reviewed and considered every single comment.

    Now, after nearly a year of planning, meeting, discussing and writing, we are ready to share our “living” roadmap in providing extraordinary student experiences. Although this is the first step of many, on our journey to becoming that 21st century model, we know that our “living” plan will continue to evolve as our students develop and change. I cannot wait to see how what we do creates a ripple effect of transformation for our students and our campus community.


    John R. Jones, III

    John R. Jones, III
    Vice President
    UAB Student Affairs

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    The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a comprehensive public university located in downtown Birmingham, which is Alabama’s largest city. It is one of three campuses in the University of Alabama System (University System), together with the University of Alabama, established in Tuscaloosa in 1831, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, created in 1966. UAB was established as a separate campus of the University System, also in 1966.

    Institutional Profile UAB is well on its way to achieving its vision of being one of the most dynamic and productive comprehensive universities—and the preferred academic medical university—of the 21st century. UAB’s faculty has garnered international recognition for excellence in education, health care and research. Its educational programs provide a high-quality, diverse curriculum in an intensely collaborative setting to undergraduate and graduate students. A premier academic medical center, UAB delivers world-class clinical care to its patients. In addition, UAB provides a variety of services and programs to meet the needs of the professional and business communities of Birmingham.

    UAB offers innovative academic programs that equip students for the demands of today’s global “knowledge economy,” including, 51 baccalaureate programs, 52 master’s programs, 37 doctoral programs, three first-professional and two certificate programs. These programs are offered through the College of Arts & Sciences and the 10 schools of Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Graduate School, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry and Public Health.

    UAB provides undergraduates the types of leading-edge, closely-mentored research opportunities found primarily in graduate programs at other universities. In the past two years, the University has significantly expanded its novel undergraduate program in the neurosciences and started new majors in public health and biomedical sciences, and is developing majors in cancer biology, informatics and immunology. The acclaimed UAB Honors College also offers advanced research and scholarship experiences to more than 1,250 high-ability undergraduates through such offerings as the Science and Technology Honors Program.

    UAB continues to attract the best and brightest students from Alabama, the nation and nearly 100 countries around the world. In fall 2016, the University enrolled its largest freshmen class ever, an increase of 6.56%. This class has an average ACT of 25 (placing them in the top 21 percent nationally) and average high school GPA of 3.65.


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    University of Alabama System

    1. The careful management of resources is achieved through strong and responsive governance. The System maintains an effective process for the review and approval of academic and financial matters at the institutions and System levels and strives to achieve the most effective and efficient use of resources by encouraging inter-institutional cooperation whenever possible and appropriate.
    2. The System promotes opportunities for equal access for all qualified students and values diversity among its students, faculty, staff, and administration.
    3. The System encourages collaboration with elementary/secondary schools, community colleges, and other institutions of higher education whenever possible and appropriate and supports the PK-Ph.D. concept as a way of helping to ensure high-quality programs, services, and student performance at all levels of education.
    4. The quality of education is regularly assessed with the goal of improvement. The System promotes careful planning, review, and evaluation to ensure the best possible results from the programs, services, and activities of its institutions.
    5. The System recognizes that its component institutions differ in mission, role, scope, and academic characteristics, and is committed to maintaining institutional diversity
    6. To achieve selective excellence, the System recognizes that academic resources may be concentrated according to different patterns at different institutions and with different results.
    7. The System helps stimulate the continuing awareness of ethics and human values.
    8. The System assumes an active role in advocating for and responding to the needs of its component institutions.
    9. The System recognizes the linkage between a quality system of higher education and future economic opportunities for its students and acknowledges its vital role in promoting the economic advancement of Alabama.
    10. The System supports its institutions as they engage in high-quality, innovative, and relevant research that involves the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge.
    11. The System recognizes the need to serve citizens beyond the boundaries of the campuses through outreach programs and services.
    12. The System is committed to providing high-quality health care through its hospitals and clinics as it engages in preeminent medical education, research, and health related programs.
    13. The strength of the System depends on the quality of its leadership. A commitment to seek, appoint, and support administrators, faculty, and staff who ascribe to sound academic principles and possess professional and personal characteristics that ensure solid and positive growth of all aspects of the System is essential.

    University of Alabama at Birmingham


    UAB’s vision is to be an internationally renowned research university — a first choice for education and health care.


    UAB's mission is to be a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state and beyond.

    In the past year, UAB has produced groundbreaking discoveries and innovations, delivering on our promise of “knowledge that will change your world.” Our overarching mission pillars embody our commitment to educate, advance research and discovery, care for the sick, respond to the needs of our community and use knowledge to establish Alabama as a progressive economic center that can change the world. We are investing in mission-critical infrastructure and institutionwide initiatives that undergird the support of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community. Every school and department is identifying top priorities and actively collaborating to achieve them. We are aligning our greatest strengths for the benefit of UAB, Birmingham, Alabama, and beyond.

    Overarching Mission Pillars

    1. Provide education that prepares diverse students to lead, teach, provide professional services and become the prominent scholars and societal leaders of the future.
    2. Pursue research, scholarship and creative activities that spur innovation, make UAB a vibrant cultural center and expand UAB’s capability to continually discover and share new knowledge that benefits society.
    3. Deliver the highest quality patient care that reflects our ability to translate discoveries into revolutionary therapies in one of the nation’s largest academic medical centers.
    4. Encourage partnerships that improve education, the arts and humanities, health, economic prosperity and qality of life through service at home and around the globe.
    5. Foster and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship that contributes to the economic development and prosperity of the city of Birmingham, the state of Alabama and beyond.