Developments, Volume 12, Issue 2 (Summer 2014)

  • “I Couldn’t Get to Campus, Buy the Book, Access the Web:” Looking Beyond the Excuses

    “I Couldn’t Get to Campus, Buy the Book, Access the Web:” Looking Beyond the Excuses

    Marisa Vernon
    Columbus State Community College

    Community Campus, Community Challenges

    Open access was not a foreign concept to me when I stepped into an administrative position at a large, urban community college. Previous to my current position, I had faced challenges serving the masses at an open access regional campus of a public research institution. Through this experience, I became accustomed to motivating students with low placement scores, identifying resources for low-income students, and helping students remove the barriers that initially stood in between them and academic success. In fact, this type of challenging student affairs work was precisely the reason I zoned in on community college opportunities when the time came to take the next professional step.

    Now, ...

  • Student Mobility in an Expanding Global Market: Potential Impacts on Your Campus

    Student Mobility in an Expanding Global Market: Potential Impacts on Your Campus

    Tadd Kruse
    American University of Kuwait

    Entering the new millennium and following the events of September 2001, the composition of higher education around the globe has seen significant growth and change. New opportunities for access to post-secondary learning continue to expand with the continual growth of institutions of higher learning, particularly in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.  Access for individuals to attain a quality education without leaving home is greater than ever before outside the United States, seeing increases in both foreign operated institutions and international branch campuses of universities.   The need for greater access to higher education and the means by which such access is administered have resulted in tremendous growth and unique shifts in how academic and ...

  • Student Data Analytics: What’s the FERPA Position?

    Student Data Analytics: What’s the FERPA Position?

    Jeffrey C. Sun
    University of Louisville


    May colleges and universities use student data to enhance educational programming and student achievement?  Generally speaking, the answer is yes.

    Let us start with a basic refresher on the legal definition of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  FERPA is a federal privacy law protecting student education records.  The law requires postsecondary institutions to provide college students access to their education records and mandates privacy protections of such records.  In particular, the education records of concern are those deemed as personally identifiable information such as a student’s social security number, biometric information (e.g., fingerprints, voice prints, retina and iris patterns), and other identifying information.  The law, while aimed at protecting student privacy, is not as restrictive as some ...

  • Employee Evaluation Using Professional Competencies

    Employee Evaluation Using Professional Competencies

    Vicki L. Wise
    Portland State University
    Lisa J. Hatfield
    Portland State University

    At many universities the office of human resources typically offers generic employee evaluation forms for various classifications of non-academic employees that broadly measure their performance. Student Affairs employees are often evaluated against a set of standards that do not directly relate to their work. Our institution’s Student Affairs professionals have shared their difficulty in using our university’s generic evaluation tool in a meaningful way. The measured areas do not align to professional standards in Student Affairs, and the scale is not well defined and difficult to understand. Finally, many employees do not consider the scale easily applicable ...

  • Intentionally Using Environments in Student Leadership Developments

    Intentionally Using Environments in Student Leadership Developments

    Alex C. Lange
    University of Georgia
    J. Matthew Garrett
    University of Georgia

    There are several leadership development frameworks and theories that student affairs practitioners use on their campuses, such as the Social Change Model of Leadership and the Leadership Identity Development theory (Higher Education Research Institute, 1996; Komives, Longerbeam, Owen, Mainella, & Osteen, 2006; Komives, Wagner, & Associates, 2009; Kouzes & Posner, 2008; Komives, Lucas, & McMahon, 2013).  As more literature emerges, practitioners must realize that leadership development does not occur in isolation from other life processes (Dugan & Komives, 2010; Jones & Abes, 2013; Renn, 2003).  As practitioners design programs to develop college students’ leadership capacity, ...

  • Parallels Between the Cases of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and the Black Male College Experience

    Parallels Between the Cases of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and the Black Male College Experience

    Shawna M. Patterson
    University of Pennsylvania
    Tonisha Lane
    Michigan State University
    Charles T. Stephens
    Saint Louis University
    Jonathan McElderry
    University of Missouri
    Janel Alleyne
    University of Missouri

    Although we, the members of the Pan African Network (PAN), respect the decision of the jurors in the Zimmerman and Dunn trials, we are concerned about the implications of these decisions for Blacks in America, members of ACPA – College Student Educators ...

  • Global Citizenship and Tertiary Education: Exploring Experiential Education Examples

    Global Citizenship and Tertiary Education: Exploring Experiential Education Examples

    Gregory Roberts
    ACPA – College Student Educators International
    Tom Jackson, Jr.
    University of Louisville
    Joy L. Hart
    University of Louisville
    Kandi L. Walker
    University of Louisville
    Roger B. Ludeman
    International Association of Student Affairs and Services

    As the world has become more interconnected through globalization, the need for citizens with expansive views of society has increased.  Today’s problem solvers need to understand local, regional, national, and international issues—as well as the complex interrelations between such ...

  • Inclusion in Association Data Collection
    ACPA Demographic Standard Question Committee

    ACPA – College Student Educators International is the comprehensive higher education and student affairs/services Association which lives out its long-held Core Values to support college student success. Two of these Core Values speak directly to our commitment to issues of social justice, equity, and inclusion:

    • Diversity, multicultural competence and human dignity; and
    • Inclusiveness in and access to Association-wide involvement and decision-making.

    It is the Association’s attentiveness to issues of inclusion, opportunities to increase understanding and competence, and recognition that our own identity matters in the work that we do that brings thousands of members back to ACPA annually.  As an Association, ACPA strives to provide its members with meaningful and intentional ...

  • A Time for Rethinking Student Affairs

    A Time for Rethinking Student Affairs

    Kent Porterfield
    ACPA President

    Image of Presidential Symposium Speakers

    In 2011, ACPA Past President Heidi Levine hosted a Presidential Symposium in collaboration with the Iowa College Personnel Association. Through this single-day conference, a group of student affairs professionals came together to discuss ways to be more intentional about fostering student success. The conversation about student success continues today, but it is increasingly a conversation impacted and influenced by broader concerns about access, affordability and accountability—concerns about which the government, business and the general public are speaking loudly and critically. Our ability as a field to impact the future of higher education, our institutions’ aspirational goals and objectives, and the ...

  • Quarterly Update: From One Dupont Circle
    Gregory Roberts
    ACPA Executive Director

    Greetings from the International Office in Washington, D.C.

    This bittersweet edition of “From One Dupont Circle” is bittersweet because it will be my last official communication in Developments to the membership of ACPA  as your Executive Director. There are so many opportunities and challenges in higher/tertiary education today, but I am confident you will have no problem keeping busy with the agendas impacting the educational needs of our students. As you have heard me say many times, the state of higher education in America and the world is changing and changing very fast. The train has left the station, and my question to you is: are you on it? Are ...

  • The Importance of Environments
    Paul Eaton

    Welcome to the summer issue of Developments. One of our publications’ goals is to help bridge theory to practice, and over the next several months we will be introducing several new innovations that we hope will inspire you to utilize our articles and publication in new ways.  The first of these is for us to become more highly engaged on social media.  I encourage you to utilize our new official Developments hashtag (#ACPADev) on Twitter and Facebook as you read, think, and critique the articles in this issue.

    My selected theme for this issue is “the importance of environments.”  Student affairs practitioners have always been concerned with creating positive, supporting, and engaging learning environments, but this ...