Meaningful Assessment in Student Affairs

“Higher education is in the throes of a major transformation. Forcing the transformation are economic conditions, eroding public confidence, accountability demands, and demographic shifts resulting in increased numbers of people from historically underrepresented groups going to college. More people are participating in higher education than ever before, yet the resources supporting the enterprise are not… Read More

Using the Immunity to Change Framework for Learning-Centered Change in Student Affairs

The Immunity to Change framework is a valuable lens through which to examine the change required to create a culture of evidence and learning-centered organizations in student affairs because it helps illuminate the barriers that prevent adaptive change. Kegan and Lahey’s (2009) book Immunity to Change frames stalled change as an “immunity” that requires individual… Read More

Curriculum Implementation Resources

I think that one of the ways to make curricular implementation successful is to spend a lot of time focusing on your own and your team’s learning. When we are talking about major change, when we are talking about focusing on learning and growth with our students in a structured and intentional way, we must… Read More

Risk Without Reward

This morning, as I was walking across campus, my mind was racing with the events of the past few days. The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, now counted among the continued, senseless murders of black and brown people; the swirling anger and vitriol that encompasses our national landscape–the blaming and finger pointing; the… Read More

#SASpeaks: Breaking Up With Busyness

During the NASPA 2016 Annual Conference, I had the wonderful opportunity to give a talk on “Breaking Up With Busyness,” inspired by a post originally published here, as well as my ongoing personal journey and the great work of many writers and researchers.  Busyness, which can be described as the constant need in our lives… Read More

“And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”

I haven’t written in a few months. And the truth is, it’s because I’ve been afraid of what might come out. As a process of personal consciousness-raising, writing allows me to get in deep with my own thoughts and feelings about the personal, political, and vocational. And lately, in all three of those arenas, I’ve… Read More