The Mental Health Focus Area supports ongoing efforts to address the mental health issues that students face. As the stigma surrounding mental health continues to dwindle, student affairs practitioners will continually be facing and adapting to new challenges. NASPA provides support for those individuals in the form of specialized conference experiences, Knowledge Communities, and extensive research on the subject.
Careers in Student Affairs provides a comprehensive look at being a higher education administrator. Integrating perspectives from both research and practical application, this reader-friendly book…Buy
Using the CAS Professional Standards is a practical text designed to highlight multiple ways to apply the standards and guidelines published by the Council for…Buy
Gun violence – whether rampage shootings, homicides or suicides – is a potential reality all campuses have to face. This book provides leaders in higher…Buy
This updated set of Professional Competency Areas is intended to define the broad professional knowledge, skills, and, in some cases, attitudes expected of student affairs professionals regardless of their…Buy
Helping skills are an essential component of today’s student affairs practice. On a day-to-day basis, it is student affairs professionals who often work directly with students in need of…Buy
While campus health topics such as substance use, risky sexual behaviors, depression, and violence have captured the attention of student affairs professionals, there is another health issue that has…Buy
The transition from graduate school to a full-time position in student affairs can be filled with both opportunities and challenges. In order to be successful, new professionals must understand…Buy
It is critical that we understand the huge role financial support at both the Federal and state level plays in supporting degree completion for students attending college with financial challenges. We simply cannot advance as a nation if economic prosperity is the only pathway to a college degree. The Trump administration budget reduces funding to the very programs that support low-income student success and increase access to higher education for historically marginalized and underrepresented students.
Engaging with our representative democracy is essential to maintaining the health and function of our nation’s government. Whether you’re just getting started on your journey to becoming an engaged participant or looking for a resource to share with those who are starting theirs, this post will lay out some specific suggestions for learning and engaging in local, state, and national policy conversations. Student affairs professionals are sometimes hesitant to engage in active advocacy because of uncertainty about where their role as campus employee ends and their rights as a citizen begins. While we can’t offer legal advice or guidance, we have provided some tips and suggestions for engaging politically as an institutional employee.
The higher education landscape is changing rapidly, from declining state funds to campus unrest and even to the dismantling of student affairs divisions and the closing of colleges. Such changes cause concern about how we can remain relevant as administrators and prepare ourselves for career advancement opportunities that may not even be clearly defined within the contemporary higher education environment. The new book Careers in Student Affairs: A Holistic Guide to Professional Development in Higher Education provides an array of theory, research, and practical advice to help guide individual adaptation to the changing environment.
Catch up on this week’s trending student affairs and higher ed news, including: the highs and lows of DeVos’ first 100 days; White House would slash Student Aid and NSF; the broken promise of higher education; why colleges recruit athletes with sexual assault in their pasts; a veteran’s ground war with Stanford; Congress seeks to establish new student data system; and solving the mystery of underachievement.