CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Sherryl Byrd, vice president for Student Affairs, and Martha Harper, coordinator of the Adult and Nontraditional Student Center, recently presented an extended pre-conference session at the 96th annual conference of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). The program titled “Advocating as a Tool for Transforming the Student Experience for Adult Learners and Students with Children” was presented with other colleagues from DePaul University (Ill.), Norwalk Community College (Conn.) and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Responding to the increasing number of adults enrolled in higher education, the session focused on methods to best serve this population, how institutions have addressed and transformed the experience for nontraditional students, and provided a framework for participants to develop plans to fit the needs of their own campuses.
Harper was also published in the semi-annual NASPA’s “Knowledge Community” newsletter. She co-authored the article, “Professional Competencies in the Framework of Nontraditional Student Work: Reframing for a ‘New Traditional’ World,” with colleagues from DePaul University.
NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession headquartered in Washington, DC. The association has approximately 14,000 members in all 50 states, in addition to 25 other countries and eight U.S. Territories. Through high quality professional development, strong policy advocacy and substantive research to inform practice, NASPA operates under the guiding principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion and inquiry. The 2014 conference in Baltimore was the largest in the history of the association with more than 5,700 attendees.