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ERIC Number: ED545488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 321
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2675-5930-2
Exploring Collaboration between Academic and Student Affairs with a Focus on Institutional Mission, Structure, Processes, and Relationships
Zummo, Janice
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Research on collaboration between academic and student affairs in higher education suggests that student affairs must change to enhance outcomes of collaborative efforts. The purpose of this case study was to investigate perspectives of both academic and student affairs professionals within the context of a campus on which collaborations occur regularly. The conceptual framework of systems theory guided this study of how each area's perspective of 4 systemic elements support collaboration: mission, organizational structure, institutional processes and practices, and the relationships between and among academic and student affairs professionals. Case study methodology provided a means to study collaboration at a small, liberal arts college selected based upon the recommendation of a panel of experts. Research questions framed the manual identification and coding of themes. Multiple data sources including interviews, document review, and observations allowed for triangulation of the data and were documented on data analysis tables. While much of the literature indicated that student affairs was primarily responsible for enhancing collaboration, the findings of this study suggest that mission, structure, processes and practices, and relationships create a framework that facilitates collaboration between academic and student affairs. This research may contribute to positive social change by increasing academic and student affairs professionals' understanding of how and why they collaborate to enrich the experiential learning and reflective practices often embedded in colleges' missions and, thereby, lay the foundation for students to enact social change as reinforced through the holistic learning processes in which they participated. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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