February 27, 2017
The Annual Knowledge Community Conference Publication: Embracing Technology Throughout the Profession
As we prepare for the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference, NASPA has released the 2017 Knowledge Communities Publication which highlights the various ways Knowledge Communities create and share knowledge. Each of the Knowledge Communities provides an article focused on the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference theme of "The Four I's": Integrity, Innovation, Inclusion, & Inquiry. The 2017 conference will provide an opportunity to examine how student affairs must continue to evolve to meet the needs of the changing higher education landscape.
Student affairs professionals can no longer afford to consider information technology (IT) anything other than a strategic resource for the provision of student services and programs. NASPA and ACPA have made this clear for the profession through the inclusion of Technology as one of the 10 Professional Competency areas. As they would with the other competencies, professionals throughout all student affairs areas should evolve their technology use and application as a shared responsibility with our IT colleagues. This article provides recommendations for several key groups within student affairs.
Student affairs professionals must deliberately evolve their understanding and use of technology at all phases of their careers and at all levels throughout the profession. The integration of technology into operations is a shared responsibility of both IT and student affairs. By investing in technology as a resource to be leveraged in all areas of student services and programs, we may gain a deeper knowledge of technology’s potential to recruit, engage, and graduate our students.
Ed Cabellon - Assistant to the Vice President, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Bridgewater State University
Leslie Dare - Director of Technology Services, Division of Academic & Student Affairs North Carolina State University
Matt Miller - Social Media Marketing Specialist, Marketing Communications Seattle University
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier - Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief of Staff, Division of Student Affairs Northwestern University
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