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Book Clubs as a Best Practice

By Peter Roeth

While not all book clubs are as idealistic (or controversial) as Oprah’s, reading books collectively holds incredible value for Student Affairs personnel.

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12 (or so) "Must Read" Books for Professionals in Student Development

By Drew Moser

There are many great resources available to us in our profession as student development practitioners.

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A Review of 'Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life'

By David Chizum

If you have ever been interested in the meaning of life or how today’s colleges and universities prepare students for more than just their careers, then Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning Life will be a treat for you. Including topical histories, social commentaries, and quotations from copious classical figures and philosophers of every age, Education’s End is at its heart a philosophical work on the shortcomings of higher education and how a return to secular humanism is the solution.

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Spiritual Debt

By Josh Wymore

Few would dispute that higher education is not worth the cost. But the question that lies before proponents of Christian higher education is, “Can we justify the increased cost of a private college education?” The answer to this question can no longer be an unequivocal ‘yes.’

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Review: Are Questions as Important as Answers?

By Todd Ream

Philip W. Eaton is arguably one of the most successful college presidents of a member institution of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. In an age when the tenure of the average college president can be counted on one hand, Eaton has led Seattle Pacific University for approximately one and a half decades. During that time, Seattle Pacific has flourished—investing over $100 million into its physical plant, completing the largest fund raising campaign of its history, and launching new programs such as the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation.

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An Interview With George Yancey

By Joshua Canada

Author and scholar George Yancey has been an important voice in the conversation about diversity within American Christianity. As an academician, he has spent the past 15 years publishing articles and presenting on topics ranging from sociological explorations of contact theory to constructing theological paradigms of reconciliation. Yancey’s work has been a cornerstone of many contemporary works on Christianity and ethnicity and is a co-founder and current operational board member of the Mosaix Network, a relational network for leaders who are taking the lead on promoting a more multi-ethnic churches and interactions between churches with various primary ethnic backgrounds.

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Looking Back to Go Forward

By Rick Zomer

As this spring semester draws to a close, a new group of students is preparing to leave our institutions and begin the next phase of their lives. While graduation ceremonies are designed to honor students’ accomplishments during their time on campus, the event itself tends to leave students, their families and friends, as well as faculty and staff thinking about the future. Questions about “what’s next?” often dominate the day as students are now free to focus exclusively on graduate school, employment options, or other opportunities. This reality can bring excitement but it also can produce anxiety for students as they worry about whether or not they’ve made the “right” choices for their future.

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Cultivating the Sweet Spot in Your Staff Relationships through Coaching: A Model of Student Staff Supervision By Sarah Jobson How do you manage a new resident advisor staff? Is your style to be the “friend” or “supervisor”? Have you ever had to handle

By Sarah Jobson

How do you manage a new resident advisor staff? Is your style to be the “friend” or “supervisor”? Have you ever had to handle a difficult resident advisor or trudge through unrealistic expectations of student staff members?

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The New Professionals’ Collaborative (NPC) Mentoring Minute: Edee Schulze

By Edee Schulze

Edee serves as the Vice President of Student Life at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Before coming to Bethel, Edee served at Wheaton College and she has also held leadership positions within ACSD.

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The Cost of Higher (and Higher) Education

By Josh Wymore

I am convicted by the state of higher education. Not upset, not worried, nor concerned. Convicted. And not just regarding higher education in general. What really pulls my guilt strings is Christian higher education and, more specifically, the cost of a Christian education.

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ACSD New Professionals Collaborative: Mentoring Minute

By Andre Broquard

This interview is will Dr. Stephen Beers, Vice President of Student Development at John Brown University and President-elect of ACSD. Steve has served in Christian Higher Education for 23 years as a resident director, director of residence life, campus minister, dean of students and vice president.

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Commitment on a Coffee Cup

By Christopher Klein

Just across the street from North Park University, a university nestled calmly in a richly diverse Chicago neighborhood, there is a Starbucks. And in that Starbucks, as is the case in thousands of others, should you order a tall Pike Place in a Grande cup, the chances are that you might find some wisdom scrolled on the outside of that particular cup. As a few of my colleagues and friends from Calvin College and I sat in the basement of a residence hall at North Park and were reflecting together about our work in residence life, I slid the cylindrical cardboard sleeve down to reveal what I assumed would be yet another example of kitsch passed off as a piece of wisdom from an impersonal corporate monolith.

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