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Student Life in Catholic Higher Education: Advancing Good Practice

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Senior Student Affairs Officers

Student affairs professionals provide opportunities for personal growth and help students make healthy decisions within a framework of Catholic values. Given their pivotal role on a Catholic campus, ACCU offers these resources to assist them professionally and personally:

  • Published in 2017, Student Life in Catholic Higher Education: Advancing Good Practice contains the collected wisdom of both current and former student affairs leaders, this book offers a blend of practical advice and personal reflection on leading student life at a Catholic institution.
  • Reprinted in 2017, Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs in Catholic Higher Education has long been the standard for understanding and assessing a vision of student affairs at Catholic colleges and universities.
  • Strengthening Catholic Identity – Student Affairs: This installment of a 12-part brochure series provides an overview of how student affairs seeks to develop students spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically in the context of Catholic values and Christian community.
  • In 2017, ACCU launched a conference specially designed for senior officers in student affairs. Bringing together expert speakers and representatives from Catholic colleges and universities across the country and beyond, this annual session equips senior leaders in student affairs with new skills and new ideas for working through the evolving challenges of their profession. See below for information on the current conference.

2018 ACCU Senior Student Affairs Conference

Register now to attend this conference for senior student affairs officers on Saturday, February 3, 2018, just before the start of the 2018 ACCU Annual Meeting. Our morning will feature a presidential panel focused on current issues of inclusion, dialogue, and tensions on campus, with opportunities for both group discussion and new learning.  Later in the morning, focused and participatory conversations on current topics will allow you to deepen your awareness and bring home tangible new tools to strengthen your effectiveness on campus. Please join us for this engaging workshop, as we explore the changing landscape surrounding our students, our staff, and our institution.

8:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

Welcome and Opening Address: Kathy Byrnes, ASACCU President & Associate Vice President for Student Life, Villanova University

8:45 a.m.

President’s Panel Presentation: Navigating Turbulent Waters

Donna Carroll, President, Dominican University

Bassam Deeb, President, Trocaire College

Moderated by:  Kathy Byrnes, ASACCU President

9:30 a.m.          Discussion: Table discussion on responses and reactions to the President's Panel
9:50 a.m.  Break
10:05 a.m. Presentation on The Ever-Changing Landscape of Title IX
William M. Fischer, Vice President for Student Development, University of Dayton
Stephen J. Vaughan, Principal, Gray Plant Mooty
11:05 a.m.

Breakout Discussions: Tangible Tools to Bring Back to Campus

A.      Student Mental Health – Issues and Strategies

B.      Strategies for Institutions with Very Finite Resources

C.      Social Media – Issues and Strategies

D.      Hiring and Talent Management for Mission and Inclusion

E.      Dialogue on Difficult Issues – Tools and Strategies

11:55 a.m. Reports from Breakout Sessions
Faciliated by Todd Olson, Vice President for Student Affairs, Georgetown University
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. SSAO Conference Ends 
1:30 p.m. Leaders in Catholic Higher Education Event Begins 

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