ERIC Number: ED441196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Steps to Creative Campus Collaboration. Invited Paper.
The issues of what to do about the flaws in our current system of higher education are based in our beliefs about the purposes of higher education. Which educational approaches best serve our society in this era? What values, skills, and knowledge do we want students to examine or learn in their college experience? What processes of teaching and learning will help us meet our goals and fulfill our values? Finding answers to these questions may be difficult in the institutional culture that prevails today. Student affairs professionals are continually involved in teaching students, or helping them learn, but their educational role is often invisible or misperceived. This paper takes the position that the most meaningful and powerful learning must involve student and teacher engagement with information for the purposes of understanding the information itself, the process by which it has been discovered, and the implications it has for enhanced understanding of life's significant issues. Seven areas that document how faculty and student affairs are successfully collaborating to create optimal conditions for learning are identified and discussed. These areas are: (1) service learning; (2) learning communities; (3) extended orientation courses; (4) coordinate programs; (5) multicultural learning; (6) leadership education; and (7) distance learning. Such collaboration can result in new processes for discussing problems and generating solutions in order to better serve students. (Contains 18 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Distance Education, Educational Improvement, Higher Education, Leadership Training, Multicultural Education, Service Learning, Student Personnel Services, Teacher Student Relationship
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, 1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 418, Washington, DC 20009-5728. Tel: 202-265-7500; Web site: http://www.naspa.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc.