Student Affairs: Standards and Norms for the Co-curriculum

Stellenbosch University’s Division of Student Affairs invites all tertiary institution colleagues to join in a two-day colloquium on “Standards and Norms for the Co-curriculum”. The colloquium will address questions related to the development of tools and standards to ensure higher educational co-curricular activities are fit for purpose for current and future realities.

  • Gavin Henning, PhD. Dr. Gavin Henning, President Elect for the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).
  • Jen Wells, PhD., is at Kennesaw State University and leads the development and implementation of assessment and evaluation activities for institutional-level projects, including the university strategic plan and quality enhancement plan.

To register and for more information contact Ruth Andrews: rutha@sun.ac.za

Journal of Student Affairs in Africa (JSAA) is fully accredited in South Africa

From 2017, the Journal of Student Affairs in Africa (JSAA)  is accredited by the South African national Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as subsidy-earning scholarly journal. This means that authors based in SA higher education institutions, who publish refereed articles in the journal, i.e. research-based articles and reflective practitioner accounts, will be able to submit their articles for DHET-funding of recognised research outputs to their universities.

According to Dr Birgit Schreiber, member of the Editorial Executive of JSAA, the implications of this official recognition of JSAA as a scholarly journal are huge in the South African and African context: “It contributes towards making Student Affairs professionalised and academic discipline. It also contributes significantly towards strengthening Student Affairs and Higher Education as a role player in impacting Social Justice in South Africa and Africa.”

For the authors – many of whom are student affairs practitioners – it is a huge recognition that their research into student affairs and services, the student experience, and their interventions, as well as reflective practitioner accounts in this respect, are an important form of “scholarship of practice” in the way it was discussed in the launch issue of JSAA in 2013 by Carpenter and Haber-Curran (see article here).

Osphera.net published the issue Vol. 3(1) Student Power in African Higher Education in JSAA.

UNESCO Student Affairs International Reference Book – Africa Section: Open call for contributions

UNESCO in collaboration with the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS) is preparing a 3rd edition of the seminal book Student Affairs and Services in Higher Education: Global Foundations, Issues and Best Practices (2009).

For this purpose, 1000 words country reports from across the African continent will be included, featuring:

1. Background information on the country’s higher education system and evolution of student affairs/services

2. Typical organizational structure of student affairs/services within an institution

3. Typical services and programmes offered

4. Qualifications/training of staff in student affairs divisions

5. Issues and challenges for student affairs/services in the country

6. Websites of student affairs/services professional associations/organizations

7. Websites with links to student affairs/services publications and research

The editor-in-chief of the book is Roger B. Ludeman, President Emeritus of the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS); Website: http://iasas.global

Responsible associate editor for the African country reports is Dr Thierry Luescher (University of the Free State, South Africa; Journal manager of the Journal of Student Affairs in Africa (www.jsaa.ac.za). This is an open call; please contact Dr Luescher for enquiries, proposals and manuscript submissions of African country reports at Email: thierryluescher@outlook.com

The call starts February 2017 and ends May 2017; manuscripts are due by end of May 2017.