Commission for Academic Affairs Administrators

The ACPA Commission for Academic Affairs Administrators welcomes a wide variety of professionals who work within and outside of student affairs. Some members began their careers in traditional student affairs functional areas, while others have never worked in the field of student affairs. However, their affinity to our commission and ACPA is that they are concerned and work with academic issues that relate to students and faculty. Accordingly, our academic concerns span a wide spectrum of issues related to the cost of higher education, working with students in the digital age, and faculty concerns. The current topics in the field are: College Affordability

  • As the cost of higher education continues to increase, the affordability of a college education continues to be a concern. The true cost of college needs to be more transparent to students and their families as well as the reality of student loan repayment. How can we control the price of college and the amount of debt our students are accumulating? Academic Dishonesty
  • In a digital where on-line resources allow us to access the world with a few keystrokes, it becomes increasing difficult to monitor academic dishonesty, especially plagiarism. How and when do we teach our students about plagiarism? How do we teach students that the impact of academic dishonesty can haunt them beyond their undergraduate years? On-line tools, such as TurnItIn, are beginning to help ensure originality, but the larger, looming question is how do we create academic environments that do not tolerate academic dishonesty and promote academic honesty? Effectively Communicating with Students
  • Because of the digital age, it becomes increasingly difficult to communicate effectively with students, who have multiple email accounts as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts. Increasingly, students are relying on social media to learn more about college options, but how can college and universities effectively use social media to help create a learning-centered environment and inform them of important academic decisions? Adjunct Faculty
  • An increasing number of college and universities depend upon adjunct or part-time faculty to complete their teaching rosters, yet these faculty often are not included in faculty meetings, provided work space, and or given commensurate salaries—and accordingly are not invested in one institution, because they may teach at several institutions. As national critics call for higher education reform, how will our college and universities ensure improved retention and graduation rates when the faculty workforce increasingly depends on fixed-term labor?