Creating the Agile Student Affairs Organization

Strategies for Elevating Frontline Leadership Performance

Topics: Budgeting, Administration and Finance, Budget Models and Cost Allocations, Capital Planning, Cost Savings, Staffing, Organizational Structures

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By reading this study, members will learn:

  • Aligning staff competencies with divisional priorities
  • Exemplar staff development programs

Executive Summary

The national economic crisis has challenged Student Affairs leaders to reorient their division in the face of rapidly shifting budget scenarios and institutional turmoil. While budgets have stabilized for some institutions, many Student Affairs divisions are facing uncertainty for the foreseeable future. Executives must keep units focused on long-term goals while simultaneously enabling staff to respond quickly to unexpected shifts in the environment and evolving student needs. Across the past year, the Council has identified best practice approaches to creating a flexible, highly competent Student Affairs staff prepared to meet the challenges of 21st century leadership. Topics addressed in this publication include aligning staff competencies with divisional priorities and exemplar staff development programs.