Developments, Volume 13, Issue 4 (Winter 2015)

  • From One Dupont Circle – Winter 2015

    Cindi Love, ACPA Executive Director

    “Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?”
    Lillian Hellman

    On September 10-11, 2015, I was invited to participate in President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge as one of the opening plenary presenters with Janina Montero, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UCLA, Greg Jao, the Vice President & Director of Campus Engagement at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Eboo Patel, Founder and CEO of ...

  • From the President – Winter 2015

    Gavin W. Henning, ACPA President

    Greetings. I hope the first semester is finishing up smoothly and everyone is looking forward to the holiday break. For this edition of Developments, I would like to take the opportunity to update the membership on a number of ACPA initiatives.

    ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies – 2nd Edition

    In August, ACPA and NASPA released a revised version of the 2010 edition of the Professional Competencies for Student Affairs Practitioners. Included in the 2015 edition is ...

  • Providing Spaces on College Campuses and through Social Media for Men of Color to Offer Counterstories

    Cameron C. Beatty, Iowa State University
    Cristobal Salinas Jr., Florida Atlantic University

    In recognition of the recent 30th anniversary of the Standing Committee on Men & Masculinities (SCMM), the SCMM has launched a series exploring the concept of intersectionality as it relates to collegiate men.  Contributing authors will explore how dimensions of race, religion, gender, and other social identities converge and shape the experiences of college men and how higher education professionals can best assist these ...

  • Historical Keys to Open Access in Community Colleges Between 1940 and the Mid-1970’s

    Deborah Anderson, Ivy Tech Community College – Southwest/Wabash Valley Region

    The Commission on Student Development in the 2 Year College is sponsoring this series to expose readers to the past, present, and future of open access institutions. Open access institutions are colleges that are nonselective in their admission standards. Primarily two-year or community colleges provide open access to students.    For many at-risk students with low academic performance, open access institutions are the only gateway for ...

  • Unprepared First Generation Students: Developing Autonomous Learning Strategies through College Academic Coaching

    Kimberly M. Florence, University of Nevada Las Vegas

    In the United States, billions of dollars are spent yearly toward remedial education to ensure students academically unprepared for college level study are equipped to meet the demands of post-secondary learning (Carter, 2013). For example, Complete College America (2012) revealed that upwards of three billion dollars in both state funds and student monies went toward remedial education courses. As a result, support programs such as academic coaching have been ...

  • Keeping Student Services Relevant in a Virtual World

    Christopher Giroir & Christine Austin, Arkansas Tech University

    There are not many guarantees in higher education, but one that is certain is change.  Failure to embrace the changing trends impacting higher education can have tremendous impacts on many divisions on a university campus, including student affairs.  Close to 32% of today’s college student population has taken at least one academic course online with the trend predicted to grow even more in the coming years (Sheehy, 2013).  This trend ...

  • Strengths as a “Career Compass”: Helping Undergraduate Students Navigate their Career Development through Strengths Awareness and Development

    Krista M. Soria, Brooke Arnold, & Katy Hinz, University of Minnesota
    Jeremy Williams, University of St. Thomas

    Career development professionals in higher education institutions are increasingly implementing strengths-based approaches in their daily practice with undergraduate students (Janke, Sorenson, & Traynor, 2010; Reese & Miller, 2009; Soria & Stubblefield, 2014; Soria & Stubblefield in press-a, in press-b; Stebleton, 2010; Stebleton, Soria, & Albecker, 2012). One of the most well-known tools to help college students discover their strengths is the Clifton StrengthsFinder, ...

  • Ethical Perspectives on the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies

    Jonathan O’Brien, California State University Long Beach

    A new version of the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators (ACPA & NASPA, 2015) was released in August 2015. In this column I will focus on two of the changes that are related to ethical practice. One is replacing the term attitudes with dispositions, to describe the values and assumptions that practitioners bring to their practice. The other change is the decision to combine two competencies, Ethical Professional ...

  • Overcoming the Competition and Ensuring Higher Education Quality in a Growing Global Market

    Tadd Kruse, American University of Kuwait

    The mobility of populations is an ever-present concern given ongoing global conflicts and plights, resulting in the highest number of refugees since the Second World War.  In addition to the political and economic impact of migrations, the global mobility of students is expected to increase, as seeking a high quality university degree is an essential necessity for career development and advancement.  Access to education and tertiary degrees is greater than ever, ...

  • Life Off-Campus: A Personal Reflection

    Marisa Vernon, Cuyahoga Community College

    I recently changed jobs, taking on more administrative responsibility and strategic leadership. My current position has brought me to another large community college only a few hours from the familiar campus where I learned to fully embrace and understand the role of the two-year college in our educational system.

    In the three years I spent at Columbus State Community College, I learned how to truly lead others and also how to navigate the ...