Cara McFadden publishes book chapter about academic and student affairs collaboration

The chapter highlights the need for effective academic and student life partnerships in creating meaningful educational opportunities.

Assistant Professor Cara McFadden in the Department of Sport and Event Management had a chapter published in “Working With Students in Community Colleges: Contemporary Strategies for Building Theory, Research, and Practice.”

The chapter, “Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration: A Value for Student Success in the Community College Environment,” highlights critical elements needed for creating effective partnerships between academic and student affairs in a college setting. Implications for practice are shared through discussion around college student development theory, engagement in and out of the classroom, and modeling shared responsibility.

“Engaging in discussions with campus partners, implementing programs, and assessing collaboration efforts will be a continuous undertaking for administrators to create learning environments that challenge students academically and provide opportunities for growth and development,” the chapter concludes. “Faculty and staff members’ ability to collaborate will better equip students with meaningful educational opportunities as well as prepare them for life after graduation.”

McFadden’s expertise and research interests include assessment, college student development theory, leadership, and instrument development and validation.

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