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Moving Beyond Accommodation: Creating Welcoming Spaces for People with Disabilities

From a Diversity and Equity standpoint, accommodation is a major issue of our time. With a spike in the number of people with invisible disabilities (mental, intellectual, and physical) on our campus over the last several years and the recent push from the EEOC to recruit more people with disabilities in the workplace, many Universities are feeling the crunch to become more accommodating, and rushing around to meet the bare minimum of the law’s requirements. 969 more words


Are People With Higher Emotional IQs Drawn to Student Affairs Work? Can It Be Taught?

After coming across this infographic below (from UMD’s online MBA program), it got me thinking about the above questions.  Although I do not believe that all student affairs professionals have high levels of emotional intelligence, I do think it’s highly probable that people who are naturally skilled in this area are likely drawn to it and that the successful ones are more likely to persist.   228 more words


Stay the Course: Reminders for When Assessment Gets Messy

My friends for the assessment revolution! My office is gearing up to take the next step in our learning outcomes assessment efforts. I’m VERY excited! It’s going to be fun, intellectually and professionally fulfilling, and (most importantly and hopefully) provide meaningful insight into the student experience. 405 more words

paulgordonbrown reblogged this and commented:

Old wooden ruler. The folks over at the "Oh, No, It's an Assessment Blog" posted this great little piece on the "messiness" of assessing student learning and distilled down five tips to help guide efforts in this area.  They also include an excellent video (see below, highly recommended) form the folks at EDUCAUSE about why learning assessment can seem (and is) difficult.

2000 Hours: Advice for a New Student Affairs Professional FREE eBOOK

It’s an exciting time to be living when powerful self-publishing tools allow anyone to easily become an author. I was excited when Sinclair P. Ceasar III reached out to me to solicit a contribution to a free eBook he was making, … 125 more words


A Blessing for New Student Move In Day

On this, the most Holy of Residence Life Holy days, we ask you

Oh Creator, Creators, Flying Spaghetti Monster or Mysterious Scientific Processes that brought us life, 81 more words


Starting over in mid-career

#SAMid is back from vacation! Kristen Abell shares what it was like to start over in mid-career. Thank you, Kristen for sharing your story.

Three years ago, I was 35 and running a university housing department of approximately 1300 students and growing. 670 more words

Student Affairs

Does Size Matter? Professional experiences at small colleges and universities.

“I always assumed that working at a small school was like scraping the bottom of the barrel.”

The moment this was stated, I knew exactly what this graduate student was saying. 1,088 more words

paulgordonbrown reblogged this on @PaulGordonBrown and commented:

Group of dogs different sizes sit and looking into camera isolated on white. Yorkshire terrier, spitz, bordoss dog. I wanted to share this post from my good friend and colleague, Todd Porter.  Todd brings up a point that I have often thought about but never quite articulated into words… certainly not as well as he does. There seems to be an unwritten value (bias?) that higher education professionals place on larger schools.  While there are certainly benefits to large schools, the diversified landscape of higher education, is one of its greatest strengths.  Something that other countries have sought to replicate as education becomes more globalized, and we would be at a disadvantage to ignore these strengths when we seek jobs and seek to hire the “best” ‘right fit” talent.  Success and value comes in many forms.

Check out Todd’s original piece below.