April 21, 2008
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine
National association recognizes SRU for 'promising practices'
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is one of only 22 institutions in the nation to be cited for "Promising Practices in Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Collaboration" by the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
The list of schools appears in the association's new book "Student and Academic Affairs Collaboration THE DIVINE COMITY." The book provides pointers for building better relationships between faculty and student affairs personnel.
Paula Olivero, assistant vice president for student development, submitted materials to the association documenting SRU's approach to student development. She showed how SRU offers a number of programs, including the Compass Leadership Program and Residential Interest Groups, which require collaboration between the two areas.
"With dwindling resources and greater accountability in higher education, working in silos, for both student and academic affairs, can no longer be sustained," she said. "Developing educational environments that promote student learning and fosters partnerships between student and academic affairs ensures the holistic development of all students."
NASPA, student affairs administrators in higher education, is the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy and practice. With more than 11,000 members at 1,400 campuses, and representing 29 countries, NASPA is the world's largest professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty and graduate students.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.