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We are proud to announce the Presidential Task Force on Digital Technology in Student Affairs. Previously, a Technology Advisory Committee and a Technology and Social Media Task Force have created goals and recommendations that were closely aligned and synergistic.

Our research and work by the two aforementioned work groups make one thing abundantly clear: To be effective in the 21st century, our profession needs to advance the use of digital technology applications in student affairs preparation and practice, including the utilization of digital technology as a pedagogical tool to foster student learning and engagement.

There are two types of conversations happening in contemporary student affairs circles around issues of digital technology. 

  • One conversation is geared toward teaching, learning and scholarship. 
  • The second conversation focuses on sociological dimensions, such as communication, connectivity, and identity.

There are many self-proclaimed experts of digital technology in student affairs, but very few performing formal research on related issues and practices in higher education. As the leader in student development research, we will advance the application of digital technology in student affairs scholarship and practice and further enhance our digital stamp and role as a leader in higher education in the information age.

The first goal of the task force, co-chaired by Ed Cabellon of Bridgewater State University and Tony Doody of Rutgers University, is to present a preliminary report at the 2015 Convention in Tampa and a final report at the 2015 June/July Leadership Meeting.

Read more from President Kent Porterfield and get excited for more ACPA digital technology resources to advance our field.

Infographic Sources:

  1. 2013 E-Expectations Report: The Impact of Mobile Browsing on the College Search Process
  2. Cyberbullying Presence, Extent, and Forms in a Midwestern Post-secondary Institution
  3. ‘How do they even do that?’: How Today’s Technology is Shaping Tomorrow’s Students