Those in student affairs know the challenges of explaining to others what we do. Often even our closest family members have only a basic understanding of our challenging work. What's worse, our colleagues in academic affairs often suffer from significant misconceptions about student affairs. Due to these misconceptions, student affairs can be viewed as separate from or even a distraction to learning. We have to prepare ourselves to refute these dangerous myths.
Marcia Baxter Magolda and Peter Magolda, in the recent book, Contested Issues in Student Affairs, pose the question, "How does the perception that learning takes place exclusively in the classroom persist?" Despite the wealth of evidence backing the rich and substantial learning that takes place outside the classroom, this question still exists because of the confusion about how this learning is intended to connect with classroom experiences.
This topic was addressed by former NASPA Executive Director Gwendolyn Dungy, as she ended her time with the association saying, ""For those in student affairs, it's time to stop saying that our programs complement the teaching and learning that occurs in the classroom, when at too many campuses student affairs has no relationship with the faculty and no idea about what the student's experience is in the classroom."
To explain how student affairs contributes to student learning, the profession of student affairs needs to tell the same story. You will understand how to measure and validate the importance of outside-the-classroom experiences with student learning and articulate the outcomes to others.
This session with expert Dr. Adam Peck, will provide evidence of student learning outside of the classroom and help you learn to tell your own student learning story to others.
Who should attend
Dr. Adam Peck
Dr. Adam Peck serves as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University. Additionally, he is a consultant/trainer who specializing in making assessment relatable to staff with a wide variety of backgrounds. ... More info