Office of Leadership and Transitions

The Office of Leadership and Transitions oversees New Student Programs (FOCUS and Welcome Weekend), Student Leadership selection, training, and development, the Graduate Assistant Program, Assessment Initiatives for the Student Services Division, and a variety of other campus-based programs and initiatives. 


FOCUS: The FOCUS (First Year Orientation and Christian University Success) Program exists to help smooth the transition to CBU for all incoming students. Through the FOCUS program, students develop life skills, deepen relationships, and learn the basic information needed to successfully navigate through CBU.

Welcome Weekend: The purpose of Welcome Weekend is to connect students to the University through opportunities to meet staff, faculty, and other students as well as hear information that is foundational to helping new students succeed during their time at CBU. Please click here to learn more about Welcome Weekend.

Student Leadership: Each year, CBU selects approximately 285 student leaders to serve in the following areas:  ASCBU, Community Life, FOCUS, International Center, Residence Life, and Spiritual Life. Student Leaders have the opportunity to receive training and development throughout their year of service as they serve their peers. 

Graduate Assistant Program: Each year, CBU selects approximately 20 graduate students to serve in various Student Services departments.  The Graduate Assistant role is designed to supplement one's graduate studies, preferably in the student's particular field of study. Graduate Assistants are selected in the spring to start serving a 10-month term in July for the following academic year. Please click here to learn more about the Graduate Assistant Program.

Assessment Initiatives: Each of the Student Services departments is responsible to provide programs and services that support the student learning that takes place in the classroom. Each of the departments has defined student learning outcomes that encompass the foundation for all programming and services offered out of the various departments. These outcomes are focused on spiritual development, relational development, leadership development, worldview development, and understanding of diversity in students.