ERIC Number: ED370508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
New Perspectives for Student Affairs Professionals: Evolving Realities, Responsibilities and Roles. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 7.
Garland, Peter H.; Grace, Thomas W.
The efforts of college and university student affairs professionals, who aim to improve student life, integrate new student groups, and attract and retain students, are becoming critical to institutions attempting to maintain enrollments of qualified students, ensure academic achievement, place graduates, and develop supportive alumni. Changes in student affairs contexts and clienteles are evidenced in uneven success with students from underrepresented groups, demographic shifts, expanding use of information technologies, increasing violence, the burden of debt, and new emphasis on accountability. An expanded role for student affairs is demanded, which would require creatively and collaboratively integrating the theory and practice of student affairs, integrating the academic and student affairs communities, and integrating campus and society. Challenges for the student affairs professional in this new role include developing vision, streamlining the administrative decision making process, developing comprehensive strategies, and recommitting to student development. The new role for student affairs calls for changes in the programs and services offered, the professional skills employed by student affairs professionals, and the content of the preparation and continuing development of professionals. (Contains approximately 250 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrator Responsibility, College Students, Educational Change, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Integrated Activities, Professional Education, Program Administration, Responsibility, School Holding Power, Staff Role, Student Development, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Theory Practice Relationship
ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1183 ($18).
Publication Type: Books; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.
Note: For a digest of this report, see HE 027 467.