Student Affairs

Decisions Matter: Using the Decision-Making Framework to Improve Contemporary Student Affairs Practice - 20% Off Book for Participants

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Aaron Hughey
Price: $98.00

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NASPA is pleased to extend 20% off of "Decisions Matter" to webinar attendees. Details will be sent to participants after the webinar.

As the political and economic climate has become more disruptive in recent years, the contemporary college campus has become more volatile as students, faculty, and staff advocate for their various positions and ideologies. While the civil exchange of divergent perspectives is fundamental to a free society, the possibility that many of these discussions cold devolve into counterproductive confrontations is something all professionals should be prepared to deal with effectively and appropriately. This webinar will demonstrate how the decision-making model developed by Vaccaro, McCoy, Champagne, and Siegel can be used to effectively and efficiently deal with a variety of the inevitable challenges that characterize higher education today. Students deserve to learn in an environment that is safe, secure, and respectful of their individual and collective differences. The use of the decision-making model developed by these educators can help foster and maintain this kind of positive educational environment. 

Specifically, this webinar will describe, explain, and demonstrate how the Decision-Making Framework developed by Vaccaro, McCoy, Champagne, and Siegel in their seminal book, “Decisions Matter: Using a Decision-Making Framework with Contemporary Student Affairs Case Studies.” (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, 2013). Their proposed strategy for dealing with many of the issues and challenges that are currently emerging on the modern college campus has tremendous potential to help student affairs professionals and other collegiate administrators be much more effective in performing their increasingly critical roles on campus.

Brief outline: 

Participants in the webinar will learn how to apply the Decision-Making Framework, which consists of an introductory section detailing the importance of context and then four distinct but interrelated developmental phases:

  1. Introduction
  2. Considering the context
  3. Overview of the Decision-Making Framework
    1. Identification of the problem
    2. Comprehensive scan of the options
    3. Implementation
    4. Assessment
  4. Case Study/Applications
  5. Conclusion

Learning outcomes: 

  1. Learn the basics of the Decision-Making Framework developed by Vaccaro, McCoy, Champagne, and Siegel
  2. Learn how to use the model effectively in a variety of challenging situations
  3. Demonstrate how the model can be customized and adapted to a variety of diverse circumstances
  4. Be able to immediately diagnose potentially faulty decision-making and make real-time adjustments to the process
  5. Learn out to effectively evaluate and assess outcomes in order to facilitate continuous improvement as a decision-maker
  6. See how the model can be used in the classroom in order to enhance the development of student affairs professionals

Who should attend: 

This webinar would be appropriate and useful for anyone in higher education who occupies a key leadership role that entails critical decision-making. It is designed to help foster and maintain collaboration between all those involved in, or affected by, how challenging situations are handled on the contemporary college campus.

Presenter biography:

Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor and Program Coordinator in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the master’s degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education as well as the graduate certificate program in Career Services. Before joining the faculty in 1991, he spent 10 years in progressive administrative positions, including five years as the Associate Director of University Housing at WKU. He was also Head of the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs for five years before returning to the faculty full-time in 2008. Dr. Hughey has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Western Kentucky University, and Northern Illinois University. He has authored (or co-authored) over 60 refereed publications on a wide range of issues including leadership in higher education, student development, career counseling, the changing nature of work, standardized testing, diversity, legal issues, and educational administration. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and consults extensively with companies and schools. He also provides training and professional development programs on a variety of topics centered on student success; working with student affairs professionals to enhance their decision-making skills is one of his specialties.

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