Administratively Adrift: Overcoming Institutional Barriers for College Student Success

Administratively Adrift: Overcoming Institutional Barriers for College Student Success

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Author/Contributor(s): Bass, Scott A
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date: 06/09/2022
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
The multiple crises of 2020-21 have presented both challenges and opportunities for change in four-year residential colleges and universities. Evidence indicates that the historic structure of administrative and student services is increasingly mismatched to the needs of a diverse and stressed student body born in a digital age. Inspired by his leadership in a university-wide initiative that focused on how students' interactions with both academic and professional staff affect their success and well-being, Scott A. Bass presents fresh insights on the inner workings of traditional nonprofit four-year degree residential institutions. The book describes the influences of history, tradition, and internal and external pressures on the American university, highlighting its evolution to its staid and fragmented structure; it distills voices of students, faculty, and staff; and it explores how successful organizations outside of higher education deliver services, with potential applicability for the academy's ability to meet students where they are.