Enrollment Management and Student Affairs divisions to merge 

The Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Enrollment Management will be merged into one division, known as the division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (EMSA), effective June 1. This division will oversee the entire student journey from recruitment through graduation.  

“The changes we are making across the leadership and structure of student affairs, enrollment management, and auxiliaries are in service to the goal of creating a campus for our students that focuses on their needs, including providing them with community, a sense of belonging and a continuum of connected services that create a caring, supportive experience,” said UCCS Chancellor Jennifer Sobanet.  

The EMSA division will consist of three areas: Enrollment Management, Health and Wellness, and Student Support and Engagement. 

  • Enrollment Management will include the Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Orientation, Pre-Collegiate, Recruitment, and Registrar departments. 
  • Health and Wellness will include Disability Services, Health, Recreation, and Wellness. 
  • Student Support and Engagement will include Dean of Students, First2Go, MOSAIC and LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Residence Life, Student Life and Leadership, and Veteran and Military Affairs. 

Dr. Homer Wesley will lead the newly created and consolidated division as the Interim Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. The search for a permanent Vice Chancellor for this division will launch in the fall semester.   

There will be one new position created through this reorganization: an Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Support and Engagement, who will be responsible for supporting the development of a more engaging and supportive campus culture. An interim AVC will be named in the coming days. A search for a permanent AVC will be held in the future. 

In addition, departments that have historically fallen under the umbrella of Auxiliary Services will now be part of the Administration and Finance Division. These areas include the University Center, Event Services, Retail Services, Family Development Center, Dining and Hospitality Services, Housing Operations and the UCCS Farm. 

As part of this reorganization, the Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management position will not be refilled. Additionally, the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs position has been eliminated. 

“This reorganization was approached in a way to protect our student-facing team members as much as possible,” said Chancellor Sobanet. “These decisions are never easy and we are working closely with everyone directly impacted to help and support them through this transition.”  

Merging these two divisions should save the UCCS campus approximately $400,000 every year, after some savings are reinvested in areas to enhance student success and the student experience.  

After former VCSA Carlos García announced his retirement, Chancellor Sobanet met with the Student Affairs division in a series of listening sessions. These listening sessions resulted in extensive feedback across the campus recommending a reorganization. While these changes were not originally intended to support budget reductions, the division, just like the campus, had to find cost savings as part of the larger effort to achieve the overall budget reduction target for fiscal year 2024-25 of $4 million across the entire campus. 

“The foundational focus of our mission is to ensure that every student who chooses to attend UCCS receives an outstanding education in an environment that welcomes and includes them,” said Chancellor Sobanet. “These immediate efforts and the ones we will work on together throughout this multi-year process will set our institution up for long-term success – a success we can all share.”