The student affairs profession has evolved over the last half century in response to the ever-changing landscape of higher education. Now is the time to review current practices and craft an appropriate vision for the near- and long-term future. For our students, we need to make meaning of the student affairs profession in the context of enhancing student learning, the student experience, and increasing our positive impact on student persistence and degree attainment. For our colleagues, we need to truly understand how the recent pandemics have changed the student affairs profession and the higher education environment.
- How do we structure student affairs organizations for a sustainable and adaptable compassionate work environment? What are the specific activities that can be implemented?
- How do we address the gap in supervision skills across the profession? What is being done on your campus to improve student affairs educators’ ability to supervise?
- What are promising practices for documenting and creating opportunities for competency development among student affairs professionals?
- Recognizing that both staff and students do not have equitable access to resources and opportunities within our higher education institutions, what structural changes have been established to address these inequities?
- What are specific structural changes, promising practices and innovative approaches to our work that can be retained as we continue to navigate beyond the last few years? How can we bring joy back to our work?