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Dr. Richard Keeling to Participate in ACPA Commission Webinar Thursday, December 8th at 1pm ET

Two-Year College Student Affairs Practitioner’s Impact on the Completion Agenda

The Completion Agenda is the focus of many conversations surrounding current and future practice in higher education. This remains the case for community colleges who are being asked to produce graduates at higher rates and meet anticipated industry growth over the coming decades. In order to meet this demand, two-year colleges must enhance student learning, develop pathways for success, engage students for retention, and support student development. 48% of all undergraduate college students attend two-year institutions. However, much of the focus in higher education goes to four-year colleges and universities. This webinar will focus on the impact that the Completion Agenda is having on two-year colleges, as well as how student affairs professional in those settings are and can respond and support that agenda. Both research and practice will be presented during this conversation. Hosted by ACPA College Student Educators International’s Commission for Two-Year Colleges, this moderated panel discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Matthew Robison. Panelists include Dr. Richard Keeling, Dr. Tyjaun Lee, Dr. Mei-Yen Ireland, and Dr. Yancey Gulley.

The webinar will be recorded for upload to the ACPA Video On Demand platform. There are two additional webinars next spring that will focus on more specific practical application items for community college practitioners around the theme.

Join Dr Keeling on Thursday, December 8th, at 1pm ET for this webinar exploring the Completion Agenda in two-year colleges. @KeelingHigherEd will be live tweeting the webinar. Follow #KAedchat for this and other updates from the #changeforlearning community.
 

Texas Women’s University Places AVP for Student Engagement Stephanie Krauth, Ed.D. to join Student Affiars at TWU

K&A is thrilled that Texas Women’s University has successfully placed Stephanie Krauth, Ed.D. in their Associate Vice President for Student Engagement position at the University.

From the University’s announcement – “I look forward to collaborating across Texas Woman’s as we explore new ways to help students succeed” Krauth said. “I am committed to building upon TWU’s existing strengths, supporting innovation and creativity, and focusing on the development of an engaging student experience with the same enthusiasm and passion I see displayed by every member of the university community.” Read more

K&A partnered with the University to deliver Executive Search services. For more information on the services we provide, and how to get in touch with K&A, check out our K&A Executive Search page.

#KAedchat – FLSA Policy and Practice Monday, November 21st from 6:00-7:00pm ET

In late Spring 2016, the Department of Labor issued a final ruling on the highly anticipated update to overtime pay regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Final Rule significantly increased the salary an executive, administrative, or professional employee must earn to be exempt from receiving overtime compensation for work beyond the traditional 40 hours per week. Specifically, the Final Rule increased the salary level an employee must be paid as one component to overtime pay exemption from $23,660 per year to $913/week, or the equivalent of $47,476 annually.  

These changes represent good news for many hard working professionals in higher education whose compensation may be increased in response to the new rule. But these changes may disadvantage other staff members in important ways, and they portend fiscal and managerial challenges that leaders in higher education must address to comply with the new requirements, set to take effect on December 1. Indeed, college and university leaders nationwide have been hard at work calculating the fiscal implications of the Final Rule and examining labor law, regulation, and guidance to identify strategies to bring their campuses into compliance. Constrained by limited fiscal resources and staffing options, and coupled with a wide portfolio of work responsibilities, many institutional leaders are looking for support from their peers to help them navigate the combination of compliance, human resources, and fiscal dimensions inherent in implementation of the Final Rule.

Join our own Dr. Andrew Morse and the rest of the K&A Team this Monday, November 21st at 6pm ET as we share and learn about different approaches to FLSA regulation, and what the current and future political landscape will mean for policies like these.

K&A Participates in NASPA FLSA Overtime Rule Webinar Thursday, November 17th at 3:00 pm ET

In late Spring 2016, the Department of Labor issued a final ruling on the highly anticipated update to overtime pay regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Final Rule significantly increased the salary an executive, administrative, or professional employee must earn to be exempt from receiving overtime compensation for work beyond the traditional 40 hours per week. Specifically, the Final Rule increased the salary level an employee must be paid as one component to overtime pay exemption from $23,660 per year to $913/week, or the equivalent of $47,476 annually.  

These changes represent good news for many hard working professionals in higher education whose compensation may be increased in response to the new rule. But these changes may disadvantage other staff members in important ways, and they portend fiscal and managerial challenges that leaders in higher education must address to comply with the new requirements, set to take effect on December 1. Indeed, college and university leaders nationwide have been hard at work calculating the fiscal implications of the Final Rule and examining labor law, regulation, and guidance to identify strategies to bring their campuses into compliance. Constrained by limited fiscal resources and staffing options, and coupled with a wide portfolio of work responsibilities, many institutional leaders are looking for support from their peers to help them navigate the combination of compliance, human resources, and fiscal dimensions inherent in implementation of the Final Rule. Anticipating that their options for compliance may be even more constrained than will be true in other sectors, leaders in community colleges have called for a national discussion about the impact of FLSA in two-year institutions.   

NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, is hosting a live discussion on the FLSA Final Overtime Rule in community colleges. This will be an opportunity to hear from colleagues who have a deep understanding of the Final Rule, existing law and regulation, and the application of these policies in community colleges.

The panelists will include:
    •    Dr. Chemene Crawford, Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management, El Centro College
    •    Dr. Bill Dial, Executive Director of Human Resources, Richland College
    •    Dr. Andrew Morse, Consultant and Project Director, Keeling and Associates, and former NASPA Director of Policy and Research

Join our own Dr. Andrew Morse and the rest of the panel this Thursday, November 17th at 3:00pm ET. To register for this event, follow this link. In the meantime, access a free resource guide Dr. Morse produced with Dr. Holly Asimou (ACUHO-I) that offers considerations, cautions, and strategies for complying with the FLSA Final Overtime Rule in student affairs.

K&A in Rentz’s Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education

Keeling & Associates proudly announces the publication of the 5th edition of Rentz’s Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education (Zhang N., Ed., Charles C. Thomas, 2016). Drs. Richard P. Keeling and Jennifer S. Dickson, Consultant and Director of Research, and Joseph DeSanto Jones, formerly a member of the K&A staff, contributed two chapters to the book.

Drs. Keeling and Dickson collaborated to frame an updated chapter on student health services. That chapter provides a comprehensive outline of best practices, organization, infrastructure, operations, programs and services, and resources in student health programs. Dr. Keeling’s on-campus experience leading complex health-related programs and services, and his leadership of comprehensive organizational and operational reviews of more than 115 campus health-related programs and services, provided the foundation for this chapter in both the fourth and fifth editions of Rentz.  The new chapter emphasizes the critical importance of the role and delivery of student health services within the context of the academic mission and in support of student learning and success.

Dr. Keeling worked with Mr. DeSanto Jones, who later became Director of Strategic Initiatives at NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, to prepare a new chapter focused on assessment in student affairs. It provides an in-depth introduction to the purposes, functions, methods, and outcomes of assessment, including both operational assessments (such as utilization and student satisfaction) and assessments of student learning.

This text can be purchased and viewed here.

The complete table of contents includes:

1. The Philosophical Heritage of Student Affairs (Carpenter, S, Dean, S, and Haber-Curran, P)
2. A Historical Perspective of Higher Education and Student Affairs: Transitions and Transformation (Hinton, K, Howard-Hamilton, M, and Rentz, A)
3. From Admissions to Enrollment Management (Ward, M and Hossler, D)
4. Academic Advising (White, ER and Steele, GE)
5. Career Services (Severy, L)
6. Counseling Centers (Zhang, N and McCoy, VA)
7. Student Conduct (Lowery, JW)
8. Multicultural Affairs and Special Support Services (Carodine, MKS, Snyder M, and Zhang, N)
9. Orientation (Overland, WI and Sarnicki, ML)
10. Residence Halls (Akens, C and Novak, J)
11. Student Life Programs (Whipple, EG, O’Neill, KB, and Wilson, ME)
12.  Fraternity and Sorority Life (Whipple, EG, O’Neill, KB, and Wilson, ME)
13. Collegiate Recreation (McFadden, CW and Molina, D)
14. Student Financial Aid Practice-A Changing Landscape (Bush, VB and O’Leary, EK)
15. Student Learning Assessment (Keeling, RP and Desanto Jones, J)
16. Student Health Services (Keeling, RP and Dickson, JS)
17. Imagining the Future for Student Affairs and the Student Affairs Educator (Shushok, Jr, F and Perillo, PA)

K&A Search-Related Sessions at NASPA 2017 March 11-15, 2017 - San Antonio, Texas

K&A is looking forward to joining colleagues and friends at the NASPA 2017 Conference in San Antonio, Texas in March. K&A’s search team is pleased to announce we will be presenting two programs with NASPA colleagues. Focusing on the conference theme of “Integrity, Innovation, Inclusion, and Inquiry,” we will be joined by colleagues from a range of institutions who have established high standards in executive searches and interim placement processes. Dr. Jan Walbert, K&A Vice President and Senior Consultant for Executive Search, will moderate these sessions.

Monday, March 13th, 2017: Hosting a panel addressing the NASPA Interim Executive Placement Service, Dr. Walbert will engage participants on “Enhancing Campus Leadership through Interim Executives.” The session will explore successful approaches for consideration when seeking an interim for a significant campus leadership role or when seeking an interim assignment — while focusing on the core question: are interim placements a sign of the times or a wave of the future? Dr. Walbert and her executive panel will help participants understand the value of interim placements and what strategies enhance the opportunities for all involved.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017: Dr. Walbert will host a session focusing on executive searches and the benefits of effective vision in successful processes. The program, “Identifying Institutional Leaders for Future Success,” will remind participants that a key aspect of every executive search is identifying the most important and highest priority characteristics of individuals who will lead our campuses. The program includes colleagues who have had responsibility for enhancing campus excellence through high level searches. The panelists will share experiences, approaches, and challenges in elevating the criteria for successful candidates.

To register for NASPA 2017, follow this link and its instructions: Here

#KAedchat – Interim Executive Placement Twitter Chat Making the Most of NASPA Interim Executive Placements - Monday, November 14

Join the conversation on Twitter at #KAedchat

Keeling & Associates (K&A) partners with NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education to offer Interim Executive Placement Services (IEPS): high-quality services providing experienced and proven candidates to institutions looking to obtain an interim senior administrator. The NASPA Interim Executive Placement Services are specifically designed to meet the institutional needs and include hands on involvement by Jan Walbert, Ed.D., K&A Vice President and Senior Consultant for Executive Search, and Richard Keeling, M.D., K&A Principal and Senior Consultant. Their knowledge and experience, coupled with NASPA’s position as the leading voice for the student affairs profession, combine to offer excellence in interim placements for student affairs.

Join us to consider how use of an interim placement will work toward divisional or department goals; learn how the process will integrate with the the short and long-term priorities of the position and the campus; consider the benefits of being an interim; and ask questions to determine if this is right for you, your experience, or your campus.

We invite you to join Dr. Jan Walbert, her panel of guests, and the rest of the K&A Team in our next live Twitter Chat on Monday, November 14, from 6:00-7:00 pm ET for a discussion on Interim Executive Placements and the opportunities and benefits for campuses, strengthening leadership and enhancing support for student learning.

Additional resources and blog posts on this topic can be found on the website.

Jeff Ewing Joins K&A Team Senior Consultant for Executive Search

K&A is thrilled to announce the appointment of Jeff Ewing to the Executive Search team as Senior Consultant for Executive Search. He brings to our executive search practice the perspective of an experienced student affairs professional who has also worked in a President’s Office as well as for two regional accreditors. His work with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and Arcadia University has enabled Mr. Ewing to develop an understanding of the many different constituencies to which college leaders answer.  He has served as a Dean of Students and as the Executive Assistant to the President/Affirmative Action Officer where he coordinated the activities of the Board of Trustees and served as the campus contact for a presidential search. Mr. Ewing earned both a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and a master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia. We are excited that Jeff has joined the team bringing his exceptional knowledge of the field and excellent networks.  

#KAedchat – Finding and Being ‘Good Company’: Supporting Students, Supporting Each Other Monday, October 31st 6:00-7:00 pm ET

In August, Dr Gage Paine led our discussion on Storytelling and Community Building, in which we learned about bringing groups together based on shared experiences and stories. As Student Affairs professionals, we need to find ways to support students and colleagues in discerning and telling their stories at the same time as we are working on our own story. As we are finding our own voice, we are asked to provide what Marcia Baxter Magolda has termed ‘good company’ for others, and we need others to be ‘good company’ for us. How do we fill the role of “good company” for each other and our students at the same time? Join Dr. Gage Paine, Dr Richard Keeling, and the rest of the K&A team in another live Twitter Chat this Monday, October 31st from 6:00-7:00 pm ET as we think together about what it means to be good company.

Follow #KAedchat to join the live discussion, extra credit if you tweet in a costume!

K&A at EDUCAUSE EDUCAUSE16 October 26-28

K&A appreciates the opportunity to participate in the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference later this week in Anaheim, California. Dr. Andrew Morse, Consultant and Project Director, will be hosting a featured session titled A See of Change: Connecting IT and Student Affairs to Visualize a Richer Narrative for Institutional Planning and Accountability.

In his Thursday afternoon talk, Dr. Morse notes that “Technology and data-informed decision making represent two resources in the institutional toolbox to anticipate challenges and affirm strengths in mission and accountability…” Dr. Morse will “…reflect on the promise of connecting IT and student affairs to illuminate a more robust narrative for planning and stewardship.”

Dr. Morse is also hosting several K&A Twitter Chats throughout the rest of the semester, focusing on cultures of academic innovation and the new FLSA policies and practice.

Follow @KeelingHigherEd, #KAedchat and @AndrewQMorse for updates on both the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, and other events and updates from Keeling & Associates.