Student Affairs

Student Affairs Training Moves Online: Keeping Skills Current in the Age of Covid 19

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Aaron Hughey
Price: $50.00

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The Covid-19 pandemic has forced colleges and universities to re-think how they train their student affairs professionals. This webinar will address the challenges as well as the opportunities embedded in the current era of uncertainty, with an emphasis on how to train student affairs professionals virtually for multiple contingencies.  

Student services have been moving toward the virtual world (or at least to hybrid formats) for quite some time; in many ways, the pandemic has simply expedited and increased the importance of that transition. There are advantages when students have access to the student services they need anytime and anywhere. Moving to this brave new world so quickly, however, presents several challenges for student affairs professionals. Training and retraining have become more essential as ambiguity over what the future holds continues to be the norm rather than the exception.                      

The key to successful training and professional development is flexibility. The essential components of a successful online training program will be featured, with a focus on how those components can be implemented virtually in a way that gives student affairs professionals in all functional areas the knowledge, skills and competencies they need to successfully meet the needs of today's students in an effective and efficient manner.  

Brief Outline:

  • Covid-19: A Real Game Changer
  • Online Training: Evidence-Based Best Practices
  • Unknown Contingencies/Multiple Strategies
  • Integration: Tools, Techniques, Applications and Platforms
  • Configuring Essential Components to Meet Evolving Realities
  • Putting It all Together: Case Studies from the Real World

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will:

  • Explore the impact Covid-19 has had on higher education in general and student affairs in particular, with a focus on training and professional development.
  • Explore evidence-based best practices associated with online training programs.
  • Learn how to train student affairs professionals so they are prepared for multiple scenarios based on unknown contingencies.
  • Discover strategies for training student affairs professionals to meet the needs of their students using a variety of integrated tools, techniques and platforms.
  • Review the essential components of successful online training program, with an emphasis on how those components can be configured for effective delivery in a virtual environment.  
  • Consider case studies from the proverbial real world that demonstrate how online training programs can be used to keep student affairs professionals prepared to effectively meet the needs of today’s students.

Who Should Attend:

Student affairs professionals at all levels and in all functional areas who are responsible for providing training and professional development. 


Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. 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 70 refereed publications on a wide range of issues including leadership and student development, standardized testing, diversity, legal issues (including compliance), technology, 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; helping student affairs professionals become more proficient in online environments is one of his specialties.

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