Planning for Higher Education Journal

Academic and Student Affairs Collaborate to Support Student Parents: A Response to Change

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From Volume 35 Number 1 | October–December 2006
By Cheryl Albers

The demographic of the American college student has changed significantly in the last 20 years, affecting institutional planning on multiple levels. The study presented in this article examines the collaboration between Academic and Student Affairs at Buffalo State College in planning a family college designed to facilitate the integration of student parents into the campus community. The initial idea for the family college came from an ad hoc College Senate committee dominated by faculty members. Leadership of this initiative shifted to Student Affairs during the construction and operation of the facility. The evaluation of the project provided new parity in leadership as members of Academic and Student Affairs jointly planned, conducted, and analyzed interviews with residents. This evaluation resulted in significant changes to the family college in response to the voices of the student parents, including additional personnel, programs, and facilities.

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