Good Practice in Student Affairs: Principles to Foster Student Learning / Edition 1

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Sponsored by American College Personnel Association and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

Good Practice in Student Affairs expands on key practice standards outlined in a joint document sponsored by the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators: The Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs. Based on the findings of the joint study group, this volume identifies the best practices in student affairs, presents research used to define the practices, and gives examples of how to these principles in the field. This essential guide to effective practice is for student affairs professionals on all types of campuses.

Authors include leading scholars and experienced practitioners in the fields of higher education and student affairs. They draw from the most current thinking and research to show how readers can translate principles for good practice into programs and services that support curricular objectives, advance student learning and development, and enrich campus communities. In a field where there have been diverging views of the role, scope, and mission of student affairs work, this resource provides a comprehensive action plan for fostering the education of students through student affairs.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A substantive follow-up and explanation of the Principles for Good Practice project that provides thoughtful and practical direction to student learning, supported by relevant research and experience. I believe this book will become a standard reference for student affairs professionals, both old and new." (Arthur Sandeen, vice president for student affairs, University of Florida)

"A well-written, timely book that is very much needed by the profession. Its strength is connecting the practical application of the Principles for Good Practice project cosponsored by the ACPA and NASPA to student affairs work. Practitioners will find it very helpful in restructuring roles and programs to create powerful learning communities. Well done!" (Dudley B. Woodard, Jr., professor of higher education, University of Arizona)

"A useful guide for any practitioner trying to understand how to put the Principles for Good Practice into action on their campus." (Margaret J. Barr, vice president, student affairs, Northwestern University)

Geared towards the student affairs professional in American higher education, nine chapters discuss how to connect the practice standards outlined by the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators to the field. Topics include the development of values and ethics, active learning engagement, the use of systematic inquiry to analyze program effectiveness, and the creation of community inclusiveness. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787944575
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

GREGORY S. BLIMLING was cochair of the Principles of Good Practice Study Group that drafted the joint ACPA/NASPA document. Editor of the Journal of College Student Development, he is vice chancellor for student development and professor of human development and psychological counseling at Appalachian State University. ELIZABETH J. WHITT was cochair of the Principles of Good Practice Study Group. She is associate professor of Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development and coordinator of the Student Development in Postsecondary Education program at the University of Iowa.
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Table of Contents

Identifying the Principles That Guide Student Affairs Practice (G. Blimling & E. Whitt).

Engaging Students in Active Learning (M. Magolda).

Helping Students Develop Coherent Values and Ethical Standards (J. Dalton).

Setting the Bar High to Promote Student Learning (G. Kuh).

Using Systematic Inquiry to Improve Performance (E. Pascarella & E. Whitt).

Using Resources to Achieve Institutional Missions and Goals (L. Reisser & L. Roper).

Forging Educational Partnerships That Advance Student Learning (C. Schroeder).

Creating Inclusive Communities, Johnetta Cross Brazzell (L. Reisser).

Using Principles to Improve Practice (G. Blimling & E. Whitt).

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