ERIC Number: ED441193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Student Learning as Student Affairs Work: Responding to Our Imperative. NASPA Monograph Series 23.
Whitt, Elizabeth J., Ed.
This monograph uses a set of questions and propositions to form a framework for thinking about the research, ideas, and suggestions that are presented concerning the current landscape of student affairs work. The questions include: (1) In what ways must the student affairs landscape be altered to become more learning centered? (2) In what ways do current student affairs assumptions, expectations, and practices inhibit or foster student learning? (3) How can successful partnerships be formed with academic colleagues to achieve instructional goals for student learning? (4) How do we know students are learning? and (5) What do student affairs staff need to know to foster student learning? In Chapter One, Rosalind Andreas and John Schuh discuss the challenges to higher education in the late 1990s and the imperatives to student learning that are attempting to address these challenges. George Kuh and Karen Arnold, in Chapter Two, review the purpose of undergraduate education as a means to illustrate the critical role assumptions and beliefs play in shifting to a learning-oriented view of student affairs work. In Chapter Three, Marcia Baxter Magolda defines, and redefines, student learning in the context of student affairs practice. Chapter Four provides a brief review of the research by Tom Miller and Elizabeth Whitt on learning outside of the classroom. Lee Upcraft and Ernest Pascarella, in Chapter Five, offer a model for assessing and measuring learning outcomes. The monograph concludes with a description of steps that student affairs staff can take to implement the student learning imperative. (Contains 155 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: College Students, Colleges, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Higher Education, Learning Experience, Outcomes of Education, Research, Student Personnel Services
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc.