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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 – Cultures of Innovation Monday, October 24 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM ET

Innovation. A term that predominates the daily higher ed news cycle; characterizing the latest approach by leaders and practitioners in our field to confront a deep and lingering problem facing students or our institutions. We’re too often left without the details and context that provide the deeper, more compelling narrative on what it took to see the end result. How did the campus identify, operationalize, and build understanding of the issue that resulted in a change?  What were the technical, political, and philosophical hurdles to overcome along the way?As a community, let’s pause and reflect on the cultural elements that intersect with innovation and change in higher education. Join Dr. Andrew Morse, Alex Emmanuele and the K&A team in another live Twitter chat this Monday, October 24 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET as we explore innovation; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Final Report: Partnership to Elevate Policy and Practice NASPA and Education Commission of the States (ECS)

In mid-September, K&A held a discussion on campus carry policy and practice in our weekly Twitter Chat, #KAedchat. The discussion was moderated by K&A Consultant and Project Director, Andrew Morse, Ph.D., formerly of NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and his ECS counterpart, Brian Sponsler, Ed.D.

During the chat, Morse and Sponsler reviewed the changing landscape of campus carry laws across the states and the implications that an increase in the presence of firearms in college and university settings might prompt in terms of institutional policies and practices. They referenced a forthcoming report, developed through their initial work together, which demonstrates the momentum of concealed carry proposals across the states; in early October, that report was released. It shows that currently nearly one-half of our nation’s state legislatures have considered extending concealed carry laws onto college and university campuses—which represents an increase from fewer than one-third the year prior. The report reinforces the importance of collaborations in leadership and communication among leaders in education and policy to address some of the bigger problems facing higher learning today.

From the NASPA website:

“This report, the third installment in a joint partnership between NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the Education Commission of the States, connects policy and practice through two integral issues: campus sexual violence and guns on campus. This publication tracks recent state-led legislation around both issues for the last two years and offers this information in the form of a series of illustrative charts and maps.”

Dr. Morse was the manager for this project for NASPA and spoke on their behalf as a panelist at the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO; conference in Pittsburgh in August, 2016, along with Dr. Sponsler and K&A Senior Consultant, Gage Paine, J.D., Ph.D. Dr. Morse will facilitate further discussion on higher education policy and practice in November, when he hosts another #KAedchat that will focus on the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations and implementation.

#KAedchat – How Student Affairs Can Respond to New and Increasing Mental Health Needs Monday, October 17 from 6-7pm ET

Part IV in our series on the changing focus and priorities in Student Affairs explores the challenge of responding most effectively to students’ mental health concerns, including how best to communicate with students about services, expectations, and strategies for self-help. Recent articles emphasize both the increasing demand for mental health and counseling services — especially for anxiety and depression — and the futility of expecting that new student orientation programs can effectively educate students about mental health concerns and services. Mental health is a campus-wide responsibility, but Student Affairs usually leads and coordinates programs and services; how can Student Affairs best promote mental health, help students recognize when they (or friends and peers) need help, make the highest and best use of limited professional resources in health and counseling centers, and manage risk? What kinds of collaboration will be most useful? Join Dr. Richard Keeling, Alex Emmanuele, and the rest of the K&A Team in a live Twitter Chat next Monday, October 17th, from 6:00-7:00 pm ET to talk together about how Student Affairs can meet the challenge of new and increasing mental health needs.  

Link to the Chronicle of Higher Ed article –

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#KAedchat – Frameworks for Collaborations Between Academic and Student Affairs Monday, October 10th

Students’ learning, academic success, and personal development link the classroom, library, and laboratory with residence halls, recreation, and the full variety of student life programs, services, and activities. As Learning Reconsidered said it, “Learning happens always and everywhere”; student success is ultimately dependent on integrating intentional learning experiences wherever, whenever, and however they occur. The organization of higher education — and its history and culture — separate academic and student affairs in ways that can disadvantage students. How might we build stronger bridges, or a better framework for collaboration, between AA and SA? Where are there current opportunities in your institution to strengthen these relationships in the interest of students’ learning and success? Join Dr. Richard Keeling and the K&A Team in another live Twitter Chat this Monday, October 10, from 6:00-7:00 PM ET and think with us about how we might build a more unified campus for student learning and success.

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#KAedchat – The Changing World in Student Affairs Monday, October 3rd at 6pm ET

In Part II of a series exploring the current state of Student Affairs in Higher Education, Dr. Gage Paine will call upon colleagues to help shape a perspective on the changing focus and world of student affairs professionals and administrators. As a new wave of recent graduates are joining the ranks of professionals charged with student learning and development on campus, we must ask ourselves key questions to ensure that we are fulfilling our jobs and promises each and every day. When we reflect, we ask what excites us? What keeps us up at night? What does our student affairs work look like right now? Join Dr. Paine and the K&A team in another live chat this Monday, October 3rd from 6:00 to 7:00 pm ET to discuss how we work to our values relative to the current environment in Student Affairs.

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#KAedchat – The Changing Focus and Priorities of Student Affairs Administrators

During the past five years, most Student Affairs administrators have witnessed a shift in their focus, priorities, and roles on campus. Concerns about students’ mental health and safety, racial tension and related protests, incidents of bias and insensitivity, legal and regulatory requirements and compliance issues, and financial and budget challenges have shifted attention and bandwidth toward management of risk in multiple dimensions — and away from learning and development.

How can professionals in Student Affairs balance attention to learning and development with the need to control or respond to risk, support (and manage) issues that arise on campus, ensure compliance, and work within increasing financial constraints? What kinds of collaboration/collegial partnerships would be helpful to Student Affairs professionals and administrators in today’s campus climate? Join Dr. Richard Keeling and the rest of the K&A team in another live Twitter Chat this Monday, September 26 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm ET to explore the changing and challenging environment of Student Affairs today.

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#KAedchat – Design Thinking a Better Student Experience

Let’s talk about ways to think differently about the complex problems we face every day on our campuses. Suppose we started with a goal — what we would like to see happen — instead of trying to analyze and fix something. And suppose we used the simplest and best tools we have to figure out how to get from here to there — listening, sharing stories, brainstorming, play, empathy, understanding. What would it be like if we used all of our capacities, experiences, and kinds of intelligence to design solutions? Join Alex Emmanuele and the K&A team in another live K&A Twitter Chat on Monday, September 12 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (ET) to explore how “design thinking” might create better ways to improve the student experience in higher education.

#KAedchat – Pathways to Positive Mental Health on Campus

When we think about mental health issues on campus, we usually focus on the counseling and psychiatric services we provide — and many students need those services. But what about ways to hep students help themselves, and each other? How can we create the kind of campus environment that supports positive mental health and well-being? What knowledge and skills might help students recognize and respond to friends and peers who are struggling or in distress? Join Dr. Richard Keeling and the K&A team in another live K&A Twitter Chat on Monday, August 29 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (ET) to explore pathways to positive mental health for students in higher education.

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