2017 SACSA Annual Conference with NASPA Region III Common Read
Housed in the Conference Committee, under the Programs Chair, the common read goal is to provide a shared experience and bring the SACSA family even closer together for the Conference, with a common ground for dialogue about our field of Higher Education.
This year, the conference common read is partnering with the Social Innovation Committee, to work to bring social innovation into the discussion, and to better our practice in student development. Please be on the lookout for exciting conference programs specific to the common read and social innovation, including a concurrent session and keynote speaker. You can expect to learn about these updates via SACSAlerts, social media, and the Conference Guidebook.
Before the conference, keep an eye out on SACSAlert, SACSAChats and Twitter for beginning these conversations.
This year, the book selected is College (Un)Bound by Jeffrey Selingo. This book explores the current state of higher education and predicts the future direction of colleges and universities in America. Selingo, a former editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education provides an in-depth look at the impact of technology, student loan debt, and unemployment on the college experience.
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If you’re interested, please utilize the reading schedule to stay on target with reading and be most prepared for the Conference!
Common Read Schedule
This reading schedule has been created as a tool to help you complete this year’s selection in
time for the annual conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee! The schedule is set-up to allow time to read each chapter and do some reflection exercises. We hope you join us for the book
discussion in Chattanooga (watch for possible concurrent session dates/times), and join in the
SACSAChats on Twitter!
May - June, Part 1: How We Got Here
- The Great Credential Race
- The Customer is Always Right
- The Trillion-Dollar Problem
July - August, Part 2: The Disruption
- The Five Disruptive Forces that Will Change Higher Education Forever
- A Personalized Education
- The Online Revolution
September - October, Part 3: The Future
- The Student Swirl
- Degrees of Value
- The Skills of the Future
- Why College?
October 28-30: Join us in Chattanooga!
While you read, please consider:
- Checklist for the Future (in back of book)
- How the world of Higher Education is changing
- How are we, as Student Affairs Professionals, keeping up with the changes?
- Are we prepared for the changes? If not, how can we become prepared?
- Consider the social innovation connection this selection has with our work!
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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