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Leadership Perspectives of Chief Student Affairs Officers: An Exploratory Study

Jeffrey D Beavers, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Leadership in student affairs continues to be a challenging enterprise for universities. Colleges are expected to help students succeed while providing for abundant needs through graduation. Chief student affairs officers have increasing demands of students and faculty amid decreased funds. This exploratory study took an in-depth look at the leadership perspectives of 19 chief student affairs officers at 4-year, public universities across the Midwest. The researcher sought responses on common leadership perspectives, challenges faced, and opportunities encountered. The 3 emerging themes were elements that inform leadership, knowledge and skills, and mindful leadership outlook. These emergent themes formed the basis for a Student Affairs Leadership Model of best practices that may provide a basis for future research.

Subject Area

Educational leadership|School administration

Recommended Citation

Beavers, Jeffrey D, "Leadership Perspectives of Chief Student Affairs Officers: An Exploratory Study" (2016). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI10246285.