Strengthening the Relationship with Student Affairs

Assumptions based on inadequate knowledge can harm the important relationship between academic affairs and student affairs. When the two divisions work in isolation, negative stereotypes can persist unchallenged: faculty might view student affairs staff as being unduly nurturing to students, and student affairs staff might view faculty as individualistic and uncaring of students' well-being. Both divisions need to combat these stereotypes and find ways to meet students' needs. Here are some things that department chairs can do.

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