Developments, Volume 10, Issue 3 (Fall 2012)

  • From the Editor: A New Era for Developments: A Goodbye from the Editor, Amanda Suniti Niskode-Dossett

    From the Editor: A New Era for Developments: A Goodbye from the Editor, Amanda Suniti Niskode-Dossett

    Amanda Suniti Niskodé-Dossett

    We are proud to present the Fall 2012 issue of Developments. The purpose of this publication is to stimulate your thinking and enhance your work.

    Writing this letter is particularly bittersweet because this my last issue serving as Editor. Working on Developments has been an incredible honor and privilege. As a reviewer, Associate Editor, and Editor I have seen the publication grow and develop because of excellent editorial board members and ...

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  • From One Dupont Circle: Quarterly Update

    From One Dupont Circle: Quarterly Update

    Gregory Roberts
    ACPA Executive Director

    Greetings to the Readers of the Developments Fall Issue

    Our great editorial staff continues to do an outstanding job with this quarterly publication. My sincere thanks and appreciation to Amanda Suniti Niskode-Dossett for her leadership as editor and John Garland’s as the associate editor. Thank you both for a job well done.

    If you recall my conversation with you this summer about the political issues facing our country and the upcoming election, I trust you have engaged in ...

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  • Assessment in Student Conduct Programs: Strategies, Resources, and Tools

    Assessment in Student Conduct Programs: Strategies, Resources, and Tools

    Kyle Tschepikow
    University of Georgia
    Jeremy W. Inabinet
    University of Georgia

    Most student affairs professionals today would agree that the principle aim of conduct administration is to educate students (Tschepikow, Cooper, & Dean, 2010; Waryold & Lancaster, 2008; Zacker, 1996). In fact, in their exposition on the professional philosophy of this functional unit, Waryold and Lancaster (2008) summarized, “the fundamental ...

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  • The Ethics of Student Confidentiality & Student Affairs

    The Ethics of Student Confidentiality & Student Affairs

    Shammah Bermudez
    ACPA Ethics Committee Member
    Delaware County (PA) Community College
    André Durham
    ACPA Ethics Committee Member
    University of Cincinnati

    Student affairs professionals typically have access to sensitive and confidential information. Students seek out student affairs professionals when facing any number of stresses, challenges, or crises. They often share deeply personal information with the expectation that confidentiality will be maintained. In ...

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  • Professional Development and Course Materials from the National Study on Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs

    Professional Development and Course Materials from the National Study on Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs

    John A. Mueller
    Chair, Commission for Professional Preparation

    ACPA’s Commission for Professional Preparation (CPP) is pleased to announce the availability of three sets of slideshows and annotated bibliographies (free and downloadable) for courses and/or professional development opportunities. These materials were developed through a CPP grant awarded to Dr. Penny Pasque and Brenton Wimmer, the National Study on Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Oklahoma.

    You may ...

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  • From the President: A Critical Question

    From the President: A Critical Question

    Keith B. Humphrey
    ACPA President
    University of Arizona

    It is late October and, if your campus is like mine, the actions you have already taken with your first-year class may very well determine who graduates in four years and who does not.

    In a recent post to the ACPA President’s Blog, I challenged ACPA members to apply their leadership to ensure that our collective efforts are moving beyond promoting access to the higher education system: I believe we must follow the hope ...

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  • Creating a Culture of Inclusive Leadership: The Intersection of Student Affairs and Universal Design

    Creating a Culture of Inclusive Leadership: The Intersection of Student Affairs and Universal Design

    Jaci Jenkins Lindburg
    University of Nebraska-Omaha

    The use of Universal Design (UD) within higher education has primarily been directed towards students with disabilities. In recent years, research has proposed that UD is beneficial to a wide range of students, including but not limited to students with disabilities. Students not speaking English as their first language, students who are non-traditional in age, and students with varied learning styles may all benefit from the infusion ...

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  • Creating a Culture of Inclusion: Respectful, Intentional, Reflective Teaching

    Creating a Culture of Inclusion: Respectful, Intentional, Reflective Teaching

    Jeanne L. Higbee
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    The use of Universal Design (UD) within higher education has primarily been directed towards students with disabilities. In recent years, research has proposed that UD is beneficial to a wide range of students, including but not limited to students with disabilities. Students not speaking English as their first language, students who are nontraditional in age, and students with varied learning styles may all benefit from the infusion of UD within ...

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  • Voting Legislation Impacting College Students: A System of Increased Integrity or Barriers?

    Voting Legislation Impacting College Students: A System of Increased Integrity or Barriers?

    Jeffrey C. Sun
    University of North Dakota

    By the time this column appears online, the 2012 elections will likely dominate our television advertisement space, nightly news coverage, and campus debates. Given the timing, I thought an election focus would be an appropriate topic for this issue.

    College students are not apathetic when it comes to election participation: a recent report from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (“CIRCLE”) at Tufts University ...

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  • Introduction and Discussion Questions to Part II

    Introduction and Discussion Questions to Part II

    Matthew Fifolt
    Commission for Assessment and Evaluation
    Kimberly Kline
    Commission for Assessment and Evaluation

    In the second half of our two-part series on assessment in student affairs, authors once again provide best practice and evidence-based strategies for assessing student learning outcomes in functional units. In summer 2012, Kim Yousey-Elsner and Stella Antic offered promising practices for assessing student learning in student activities (view ...

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  • Five Innovative Technologies for Student Affairs Assessment

    Five Innovative Technologies for Student Affairs Assessment

    Nathan K. Lindsay
    University of Missouri-Kansas City
    Jesse A. Riggs
    Calvary Baptist College

    Conducting assessment in student affairs can be a challenging and inefficient process, making it imperative for student affairs professionals to use appropriate methods and technologies. When student affairs professionals use an overabundance of paper and pencil surveys, survey fatigue among respondents and data entry errors can cause significant problems. ...

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  • Celebrating 40 Years of Title IX

    Celebrating 40 Years of Title IX

    Racheal L. Stimpson
    Alamance Community College/National Assessment of Student Conduct Adjudication Processes Project
    University of Nebraska-Omaha

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, which bars sexual discrimination at institutions of education. In April 2011, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Title IX policy clarification, also known as the Dear Colleague letter. With the anniversary and the OCR “Dear Colleague” letter, Title IX is once again thrust into the forefront of higher education. To commemorate ...

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  • Paradigms for Assessing Success in Career Services

    Paradigms for Assessing Success in Career Services

    Jessica M. Turos
    Bowling Green State University
    Patrick L. Roberts
    East Carolina University

    Assessment is vital to the success of student services in higher education and has tremendous potential to improve and inform our practice. Furthermore, as institutions face increasing calls for transparency and accountability, career services staff members can play a critical role in demonstrating student success through a variety of ...

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  • ACPA Annual Convention 2013

    ACPA Annual Convention 2013

    March 4-7, 2013; Las Vegas, Nevada

    Convention Theme: ACPA 2013: Inspiring Communities of Wellbeing

    ACPA is partnering with NIRSA: Leaders in Campus Recreation to collocate our associations’ annual conventions in Las Vegas. The convention theme Inspiring Communities of Wellbeing invites us to embrace grander possibilities individually and within community. In this spirit of partnership, community, and wellbeing, the 2013 ACPA Convention ...

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  • Helping International Students Connect with Peers

    Helping International Students Connect with Peers

    Jason E. Lane
    State University of New York, Albany

    The purpose of the Global Affairs column is to discuss issues pertinent to the student affairs profession that arise out of the growing interconnectedness in the world. This column will provide readers with information and insights about the changing nature of the profession and some of the factors contributing to those changes. The use of the term “globalization” is meant to describe the growing interconnection of nations, people, economies, politics, and education. ...

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