1. LA-Term Budget
Los Angeles Term has always been a program designed around experiential student learning, and because of that it has sometimes lacked in administrative organization, such as budgeting. Because of this, and as part of a course assignment, I teamed up with a colleague and decided to create an annual budget for LA-Term. We took on the project primarily because there had never been a budget created for our department and even our supervisors had no idea how finances were distributed, spent or accounted for. In order to create this budget, we met with the associate director and went over each event, site visit, and trip during each semester. We itemized each expense throughout the year and came up with a detailed list of our entire budget. This gave our director a strong starting point to create and expand the current allotted financial plan.
2. LA-Term Orientation
During our orientation for LA-Term, the grad assistants were given the opportunity to create and lead several workshops and programs in order to help the students adjust to Los Angeles easier. The first program I directed was called Public Transportation 101. This program helped students better understand the city of Los Angeles by forcing them to only use public transit around the city for a whole day. It was also a great opportunity for each student to interact with one another (Astin, 1984). Students did this by taking turns sharing in the leadership of each group by serving as their group’s guide one at a time. The second program was a workshop on the different technologies used within the program. I taught students how to find bus/train schedules through several websites as well as showed them several resources available in our new LA-Term website.
3. Clubs & Organizations
While working in Communiversity (students activities office), I oversaw all student clubs and organizations on campus. One of my first big changes to the program was dividing all of the clubs into three separate facets: new clubs, clubs and organizations. Depending on certain aspects such as time, student following and purpose on campus, all new clubs could eventually move on to become clubs and possibly even orgs—each with different privileges and financial allocations. This was designed primarily to keep newer clubs from prematurely receiving too many benefits from the office, therefore handicapping more reputable, established clubs from accomplishing loftier goals in bettering the campus community.
Here are the definitions, examples and rules within the APU’s 2008-2009 Clubs and Organizations Contract.