Reviewers expertly guide the inquiry process through examining campus background materials, leading interviews and meetings, acting as trusted advisors to senior institutional leadership, and serving as primary contributors to data-informed and experience-rich analyses and recommendations.
Reviewers bring significant student affairs senior leadership experience and/or subject matter expertise. They must have at least ten years of senior-level experience, with minimum or comparable service as an associate/assistant vice president, dean, or above.
For years, NASPA has provided guidance and resources on the professional competencies and skills needed to be a successful student affairs practitioner. Despite groundbreaking work in this area, little has been generated to guide and support, in a comprehensive manner, divisions of student affairs and services.
Similarly, student affairs standards for functional units have been developed and refined over several decades by CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.) While immensely valuable, these standards have emphasized specific program and service enhancements but have not established a framework for effective and high-quality student affairs and services divisions.
Recognizing the need for such a framework, the NASPA Board Chair (2015-2016), Dr. Frank Lamas, called for a review process for divisions of student affairs and services. The charge for providing perspectives, insights, and recommendations on key questions related to this review process—which is reflected in NASPA’s strategic plans for 2011-2014 and 2015-2018—was issued to a NASPA Board-appointed Task Force. The Task Force, chaired by Rhode Island College President Frank Sánchez, and composed of senior student affairs officers, first convened in February 2015 and worked in collaboration with NASPA leadership and staff to develop the Advisory Services review framework. NASPA Advisory Services then launched in December 2016.