NASPA Online Learning Community

Student Affairs at Small Colleges and Universities (January 21 - February 24, 2024)

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Short Course runs from January 21, 2024, until February 21, 2024

The purpose of the short course is to illuminate the experiences of administrators at institutions with fewer than 5,000 students and explore critical opportunities and challenges facing small colleges and universities. Participants (e.g., institutional leaders, mid- and entry-level administrators, and HESA faculty) will be able to relate to, expand on, and innovatively address challenges and engage opportunities on their campuses.  Live sessions will feature guided panel discussions, case studies, and group work. The assigned text for the course is, Small and Mighty: Student affairs at small colleges and universities (NASPA, 2023); additional readings will be provided. 

Learning Outcomes: 

As a result of enrolling in this short course, participants will: 

  • Identify challenges and opportunities at small colleges and universities;
  • Engage in an interactive learning community with other entry-, mid-, and senior-level administrators at small colleges and universities; 
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities with senior-level administrators who will serve as panelists and speakers during live sessions.

The course consists of five live sessions, one per week. This is an opportunity for participants to connect with the faculty and engage in valuable dialogue around small colleges and universities. The session may not always be recorded based on content and interaction during the session. It's critical for registrants taking the course to attend the live session to make the most out of the experience during the course. 

Live sessions are scheduled for: 

January 24, 2024 @ 1 pm EST

January 31, 2024 @ 1 pm EST

February 7, 2024 @ 1 pm EST

February 14, 2024 @ 1 pm EST

February 21, 2024 @ 1 pm EST

This course is packed with content that will guide student affairs practitioners through the strategic and innovative work that professionals at small colleges and universities embrace. The course is designed through five modules, one per week. Modules and topics include: 

Week One: January 21-27, 2024                       Course Introduction, Syllabus Review, and Expectations

Week Two: January 28-February 3, 2024         Crucial Collaborations & Crisis Leadership

Week Three: February 4-10, 2024                    Strategic Innovations

Week Four: February 11-17, 2024                    Fiscal Sustainability 

Week Five: February 18-24, 2024                    Leveraging the Small College 

Components visible upon registration.