Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Making Change Happen in Student Affairs: Challenges and Strategies

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review - Making Change Happen in Student Affairs: Challenges and Strategies

Making Change Happen in Student Affairs: Challenges and Strategies

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About the Book
Change is inevitable. Managing change is a choice.

Authored by three esteemed leaders in the field of student affairs, Making Change Happen in Student Affairs: Challenges and Strategies for Professionals is a thought-provoking and pragmatic guide to the increasingly complex challenges and expectations that administrators face from both students and the public. Whether it's pressure to provide better programs and services with fewer resources, or difficulties grappling with economic challenges and technological change, the book teaches how to become an effective leader and skillful strategist in order to respond to a rapidly changing landscape.

Readers will learn to change their thinking about how they approach challenges by reframing their purpose, role, and function as leaders. Each chapter includes specific concepts and tools that can be used to tackle the most complex campus issues and develop effective plans of action. You'll learn how to:
  • Manage financial resources and supervise staff effectively
  • Advocate for specific students while still recognizing diversity and maintaining service to all
  • Adapt to institutional culture, ethics, values, and changes in leadership
  • Use technology as a tool to affect change on campus
By applying shared foundations, ethical principles, a rich knowledge base, and experience, student affairs professionals can develop powerful strategies to confront and resolve vexing problems. With extensive examples and case studies that cover a wide array of issues, this book is an essential read for those looking to make a real difference in the lives of their students and the health of their institutions.

My Take on the Book
Change is inevitable and lately change has been all around in my workplace. With this in mind this book could not have come at a better time for me or for my division. I loved how the authors weaved in practical case studies that brought their points to life. This allowed me as a reader to see their ideas come to life and simpler to comprehend and compartmentalize. With that in mind I can tell that my division has some work to do, but this book makes you think and gives you plenty to do to be ready to take your division to the next step in the change that inevitably must occur. Practical, useful and a must have for any student affairs administrator, this book will give you the tools to make change more manageable!

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