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ERIC Number: EJ810318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0560
Closing the Gap with Student Affairs Staff: From Margin to Mainstream
Ahren, Chad
New Directions for Higher Education, n143 p83-91 Fall 2008
Changing enrollment profiles have introduced differences in demographics, ability, and interest among the learners in higher education classrooms. As a result, faculty must now accomplish their jobs in a fluid environment with new teaching strategies. Their partners in this work are student affairs staff, who usually educate students in a far less formal capacity: heavily involved in planning the cocurriculum and complementing student academic experiences, this group tends to student needs outside the classroom. In order to provide as effective an education as possible, faculty and student affairs staff must complement each other. History and literature suggest, however, that attaining this relationship is a difficult task that involves considerations of culture, expectations, understanding of student learning, and not-so-simple logistics. This article explores these issues, outlining the challenges of collaboration and the opportunities to make it happen. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Support Staff; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A