Conference Program 2017 Topics
The "Four I's"
The 99th NASPA Annual Conference will convene in San Antonio, Texas to explore the BIG ideas, BIG challenges, and BIG opportunities facing the student affairs profession. Because everything is bigger in Texas, it is time to discuss the enormous responsibility of educating the next generation of civic-minded students who will help shape the world around us. The 2017 conference will provide an opportunity to examine how student affairs must continue to evolve to meet the needs of the changing higher education landscape. Through a critical examination of our work and an evaluation of where the profession needs to be, the featured speakers and innovative program sessions will offer participants a unique opportunity to discuss the future of student affairs and how our work has an impact on student success. NASPA’s guiding principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry will frame the conversations during our time together in “Mission City”
- How do we respond to campus violence, student advocacy and protests and campus unrest with our authentic selves?
- In what strategies can we engage to prevent and respond to campus violence while providing equal support to all students involved and others affected by this issue?
- What are the ways that student affairs educators can be proactive in meeting the sometimes-differential expectations of our students, campus partners, executive institutional leaders, and campus communities?
- How can we continue to respond to the evolving needs of our constituents while developing resiliency and maintaining self-care?
- How will new modes of learning and the online college experience affect how student affairs educators provide services?
- How will we partner to be innovative and creative with limited budgets and reduced funding for higher education?
- What will student affairs look like in the rest of the 21st century?
- How must student affairs practice adapt its work to meet the needs of current and future generations of students?
- How do we continue to promote social justice within our communities and bring voice to those who may not know how to navigate the higher education system?
- How do we align resources to address persistence and attainment for low-income, first-generation students?
- What collaborations are necessary to enhance student achievement for all student populations?
- How can student affairs work improve the pipeline of underrepresented students from undergraduate education through graduate and professional school education?
- What data is needed to support student learning and success?
- How can partnerships assist in documenting learning and demonstrating the effectiveness of collaborative learning?
- What collaborations are necessary to ensure that current research informs practice?
- How will student affairs research inform educational policy and change in higher education?