What is Student Affairs? What does it mean? Why should I worry about it?
At GCC, we use the phrase “Student Affairs” but other colleges call it Student Services or Student Development. By another other name, “Student Affairs” is the group of dedicated people focused on student success through their academic courses and also in developing the whole person.
Many years ago when I started my career as a member of the Faculty, teaching Mathematics at South Mountain Community College, I never even entered the Enrollment Center, other than to drop off my grades (this was way before SIS and electronic grading, we actually had paper grade sheets).
I never considered how my students made their way to my class, I was just so happy to have a full class and to teach a subject that I really enjoyed. But most of all, I was so happy to have a captive audience that I could mentor, encourage, inspire; to help them believe in their ability because I truly believe that people are more mathematical than they believe and can do more than they believe possible.
Later, I realized, and truly appreciated, the army of individuals dedicated to serving our students Staff who are as passionate about helping students reach their goals as the faculty. Staff who go above and beyond to reach the students.
I am honored to serve as the Vice President of Student Affairs at GCC. My amazing and dedicated team is split into two groups: Enrollment Services and Student Life. I’m going to use the next six weeks to share stories of student success and to help strengthen the bridge between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. As we all know, it takes a village…and we all have a part to play in student success, but most of all, as we move forward to the next 50 years of GCC, our programs will be strengthened as we continue to work together.