Next week, NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education will bring higher education leaders together at the 2016 NASPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana for several days of thought-provoking speakers, networking, and best practice sharing around the changing landscape of student affairs.

Since assuming the role of NASPA President in 2012, Dr. Kevin Kruger has placed retention and student success at the core of the association’s mission, emphasizing the key role of student affairs professionals and researchers in advancing the degree completion agenda within higher education. With over 15,000 members, almost half of which will be attending the Annual Conference, NASPA plays a leading role in the professional development of higher education practitioners, a critical purpose in shaping the policy agenda, and is a substantive stakeholder in expanding the quality and reach of student affairs scholarship. Hobsons is very thankful for Dr. Kruger’s service as a judge for our 2016 Education Advances Awards, and we are excited to continue our relationship with the association through other future endeavors.

Hobsons is a proud sponsor of the NASPA Annual Conference, and we look forward to participating in a variety of activities with NASPA and its members during the conference. If you’re attending the conference, please stop by the Hobsons booth #111. We would love to connect with you!

In addition, we’ll be presenting in two general conference sessions:

Advising and Student Success

Efforts to provide truly holistic advising are often stifled by the inaccessibility of data that lives within decentralized institutional silos. In our first session, Harnessing Decentralized Data to Improve Advising and Student Success, we’ll enable participants to identify and prioritize sources of potentially untapped data, explore strategies for collaborating with campus stakeholders to harness it, and examine the tradeoffs between using data for proactive and reactive interventions and outreach. We will also highlight examples of institutions that are most effectively leveraging cross-departmental data to improve advising and student success outcomes. Monday, March 14, 3:40 p.m., Convention Center 208

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes

Assessing student learning outcomes is an increasing responsibility for student affairs professionals in mid-level positions. Despite this trend, little research has been done to investigate the competencies of mid-level professionals for executing student learning outcomes assessment.

In our second session, Assessing Ourselves: Mid-Level Professionals and Making Meaning of the Assessment Competencies, we’ll examine this gap in the research, present a model for better understanding the development of practitioners in this area, and provide participants the opportunity to develop a blueprint to further their own growth in assessing student learning outcomes. Tuesday, March, 3:30 p.m., Convention Center 207​

Supporting the work of student affairs professionals is important to Hobsons, and we are grateful for the opportunity to participate in the NASPA 2016 Annual Conference. 


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