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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.


ACCU Senior Student Affairs Conference

This conference was held most recently just before the start of the 2018 ACCU Annual Meeting. The morning featured 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 allowed participants to deepen their awareness and bring home tangible new tools to strengthen their effectiveness on campus.

Conference resources:

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