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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:

  • 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 most recent conference.


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2021 Senior Student Affairs Officer Conference

Friday, February 4, 2021

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2020 Senior Student Affairs Officers Conference

"The Agile SSAO: Adaptively Serving Our Students in Challenging Times"

The ACCU Senior Student Affairs Officers Conference offers a networking space for professionals at Catholic colleges and universities, where colleagues share ideas, resources, and best practices related to the urgent challenges SSAOs are facing. The 2020 conference also offered an opportunity to refresh and recharge to be able to focus on the mission in our daily work. Discussions centered on mindfulness for leaders, a mission-centered lens of leadership and leading in challenging times, and the work of student affairs professionals in the future.



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