ERIC Number: ED293390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
A Perspective on Student Affairs. A Statement Issued on the 50th Anniversary of the Student Personnel Point of View.
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc.
The roles and expectations for student affairs professionals are considered. The history of student affairs as an integral part of U.S. higher education is briefly reviewed, along with changes in students and institutions that are influencing the educational environment. The following assumptions and beliefs of student affairs professionals are considered: the academic mission of the institution is preeminent, each student is unique, each person has worth and dignity, bigotry cannot be tolerated, feelings affect thinking and learning, student involvement enhances learning, personal circumstances affect learning, out-of-class environments affect learning, a supportive and friendly community life helps students learn, the freedom to doubt and question must be guaranteed, effective citizenship should be taught, and students are responsible for their own lives. Services that student affairs staff are expected to provide directly to institutions and students include: assess the educational and social experiences of students to improve institutional programs; assist students in successful transition to college; help students explore and clarify values; and design opportunities for leadership development. (SW)
Descriptors: College Students, Educational Change, Higher Education, Role Perception, Standards, Student College Relationship, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, 1700 18th Street, N.W., Suite 301, Washington, DC 20009 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc.
Note: Funding also provided by Marriott Education Services.