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Culp, Marguerite McGann, Ed.; Dungy, Gwendolyn Jordan, Ed. – NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, 2014
More than a third of all undergraduate students are 25 or older, and their presence on college and university campuses is growing. However, institutions of higher learning are struggling to meet the needs of, and improve persistence and completion rates for, this significant student population. "Increasing Adult Learner Persistence and…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Nontraditional Students, Undergraduate Students
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McCarty, Richard W. – New Directions for Student Services, 2009
Dialogue on religion and sexuality is difficult because these topics consist of deeply seated concepts of self, as well as one's relationship to other selves in the world. This chapter offers practical steps for creating and navigating difficult dialogues with respect to sexuality and religion. It suggests that partnership with departments,…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Religion, Sexuality, Student Personnel Workers
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Lechuga, Vicente M.; Clerc, Laura Norman; Howell, Abigail K. – Journal of College Student Development, 2009
As student affairs professionals increasingly move toward developing their students into active citizens that are committed to both social justice and systemic change, it is important for these students to have a keen awareness of the basic concepts that underlie social justice. The authors argue that fundamental knowledge about the concepts of…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Experiential Learning, Student Personnel Workers, Student Personnel Services
Mather, Peter C.; Bryan, Stephen P.; Faulkner, William O. – College Student Affairs Journal, 2009
Mid-level managers comprise a large proportion of student affairs organizations. They are often the most overlooked when it comes to professional orientation and institutional introduction when entering new positions. Accordingly, information is presented from the professional literature that speaks to the characteristics and unique needs of this…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Middle Management, Staff Orientation
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Taylor, Simone Himbeault – Planning for Higher Education, 2008
The purpose of this article is to frame--and reframe--the work of student affairs. Evolving paradigms have defined and advanced this work, which is dedicated to total student development and the betterment of society. The article promotes integrative learning as a new framework for student affairs. This paradigm, grounded in theory, research, and…
Descriptors: Student Development, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Models
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Beemyn, Brett; Curtis, Billy; Davis, Masen; Tubbs, Nancy Jean – New Directions for Student Services, 2005
Colleges and universities are beginning to consider the needs of transgender students, but few understand how to offer support to this segment of the campus community. This chapter address issues and provides suggestions for student affairs professionals.
Descriptors: Student Personnel Workers, Student Personnel Services, Sexual Identity, Social Bias
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Helfgot, Steven R. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2005
In a professional world characterized by change, uncertainty, and increased pressure to demonstrate that what they do really matters, community college student affairs professionals need clear definitions, a shared understanding of critical professional issues, and professional values that are consistent and congruent. This chapter provides those…
Descriptors: Values, Definitions, Community Colleges, Student Personnel Services
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Culp, Marguerite M. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2005
Student affairs practitioners must reconceptualize traditional support services in order to use the resources allocated to them more effectively, meet the needs of today's students, and increase their value to community colleges. This chapter identifies student affairs programs that are vital to the community college's mission, describes best…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Student Personnel Workers, Services, Resource Allocation
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Dale, Paul A.; Drake, Tonya M. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2005
As community colleges embrace learning-centered practices, student affairs professionals have an opportunity to recommit to building and maintaining partnerships with their academic colleagues. This chapter explores the development, nature, and culture of learning-centered partnerships between academic and student affairs professionals, identifies…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Services, Community Colleges, Student Personnel Workers, Partnerships in Education
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Culp, Marguerite M. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2005
This chapter identifies eleven factors that, when present in a community college, substantially increase the probability that student affairs professionals will be able to create programs that matter to the institution's core mission. The chapter also provides student affairs practitioners with tools to assess the climate in student affairs as…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Workers, Student Personnel Services, Community Colleges, Evaluation Methods
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Kisker, Carrie B. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2005
This chapter, aimed at both new community college student affairs professionals and experienced practitioners hoping to further develop their skills, provides resources and information about the expanding focus on student learning, translating student development theory into practice, and assessing student learning outcomes.
Descriptors: Student Development, Community Colleges, Student Personnel Services, Outcomes of Education