The larger purpose of a Christian college education is to guide students towards developing a love for God and neighbor. One way to articulate such a vision is to focus on the development of the whole person as student. A practical method for this holistic education is to promote and practice student affairs-academic affairs collaborations. As such, Christian administrators have a unique obligation to promote a culture of collaboration on their campuses. While partnerships are healthy for student success, they serve an additional purpose in Christian higher education: a redeeming purpose. This paper will address this redemptive opportunity for administrators by outlining the background of student affairs-academic affairs partnerships, situate collaboration in a Christian worldview, offer qualitative interview context on current triumphs and challenges of collaboration from the field, and propose four unique recommendations for policies and practices that administrators can use to help them fulfill the call to collaborate.
Erck, Ryan W.
"A Redeeming Obligation for Christian Administrators: Advocating for Student Affairs-Academic Affairs Collaborations,"
Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development: Vol. 17:
17, Article 4.
Available at: https://pillars.taylor.edu/acsd_growth/vol17/iss17/4
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