Volume 16, Combined Issues 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2018)

  • From the President


    Jamie Washington
    ACPA President

    Happy Summer, ACPA Family!

    I wanted to take this moment to say “thank you” for all you do on and off your campus to make a difference in the lives of the students and families we serve.  The role of the student affairs professional is one that continues to expand with many opportunities and challenges.  Thus, I want to start by making sure you are taking care of yourselves. I know that summer is not everyone’s downtime, but if it is, I hope you’ve found time to reflect, reconnect and rejuvenate for the coming year.  If summer is not your downtime, I trust that you will do the same as we enter the semesters and quarters.

    As an association, we are excited about our 95th Anniversary in Boston.  Mark your calendars for March 3-6, 2019 for a celebration and our setting the course for our 100th year.  ...

  • From One Dupont Circle


    Chris Moody
    Acting Executive Director

    Hello, ACPA members!

    I trust that this greeting finds you well and enjoying the successes of completing another academic year, while also finding the energy, rest, and renewal to begin again. I always find the start of a new semester or quarter to be an invigorating time for setting new goals, meeting new people, and welcoming new members into a community of care. The ACPA International Office has also recently experienced an exciting several months as we have welcomed our newest team members, Kennedy Gates (baby of ACPA Deputy Executive Director Tricia Fechter Gates) and Lukas Abello (baby of ACPA Expeditor Schawn Abello) since we were last together at the ACPA 2018 Convention in Houston! We join the entire ACPA membership in our excitement and support for Tricia’s and Schawn’s additions to their families.

    I am honored to also have the opportunity to share with ...

  • Next Generation: Graduate Students, New Professionals, and Preparation Programs


    Developing the “Scholar” in Scholar-Practitioner: How Peer-led Communities of Research Promote Agency and Growth for Student Affairs Master’s Degree Students

    Genia M.  Bettencourt
    Victoria K.  Malaney Brown
    Caitlin J.  Kidder
    Dr.  Chrystal A.  George Mwangi
    University of Massachusetts Amherst


    I feel very comfortable conducting research now.  This was a hard class and it had a lot of work involved, but it was such a good way for me to understand how research works.  I appreciated the hands-on experience.  –Master’s student

    Higher education and student affairs programs have numerous strategies to prepare master’s degree students to take on professional roles (Janosik, Cooper, Saunders, & Hirt, 2015; Wawrzynski & Jessup-Anger, 2014).  Through experiences such as assistantships, internships, and practicum, master’s degree students acquire tangible skills to support students and navigate institutional systems.

    In contrast, the development of research skills may be relegated to a single academic ...

  • Series: Views of Assessment (Part II)


    The Commission for Assessment and Evaluation (CAE) is pleased to sponsor this “Views of Assessment” series. Focusing on the experiences of student affairs educators working with assessment, the series highlights reflections from practitioners at different levels in their careers–graduate student, new professional, mid-level, and senior student affairs officer (SSAO). Each article offers rich narratives, personal experiences, and professional examples, as well as instructive wisdom and advice related to assessment practices and implementation.

    Everyday Assessment for New Professionals

    Maureen Flint
    The University of Alabama

    John Tilley
    Clemson University


    As new professionals, assessment is the buzzword often heard but rarely understood. National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) data, institutional reports, and CAS standards are all useful and important assessment tools, but they can be difficult to use on a day-to-day basis for entry-level, graduate, and even mid-management professionals. As new professionals, we are tasked with creating, ...

  • Series: Student Affairs Emergency Management (Part I)


    Emerging Research on Student Affairs Emergency Management:  Lessons Learned and Issues Yet Unexplored

    Danielle K.  Molina
    Mississippi State University

    Mahauganee D.  Shaw Bonds
    Independent Scholar and Consultant


    While student welfare and campus safety have long been underlying concerns for United States student affairs administrators, deliberations about emergency management on our campuses remained largely in-house; that is, until we were thrust into a post–9/11 era of uncertainty and crisis.  Although 9/11 did not occur directly on a college campus, the event heightened our collective sense of vulnerability in the spaces where individuals went about their daily lives (Kennedy, 2011).  Hurricane Katrina and Virginia Tech, thereafter, brought these fears home, testing our policies, procedures, and overall resilience in the face of unthinkable tragedy.  On one hand, these events exposed emergency management efforts in higher education to the outside world, garnering both public praise and scrutiny ...