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Towards Professionalization of Student Affairs Across the Globe, 2023, 

by Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo and Birgit Schreiber

Bardill Moscaritolo, L., Schreiber, B. (2023)

Eds. New Directions for Student Services: Towards professionalization of Student Affairs across the globe. Wiley Publishers. 

With this New Direction in Student Services issue, Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo and Birgit Schreiber contribute to our overall global knowledge in the domain of professionalization of Student Affairs and Services, deepen theory and embolden practice, support a socially just approach, advance the profession and strengthen the impact across the globe. The focus of this issue of Wiley’s New Directions in Student Services is on the various ways this domain is professionalizing, its roots, trajectories, and current opportunities as well as concerns and critiques, with a view to the future. A group of formidable authors contribute to make this monograph a truly global and relevant book. 


This monograph is organized in three parts. The first section includes a review of the current status of global models by Ian Jamieson (UK), Evandro Coggo Cristofoletti (Brazil), Ibrahim Oanda (Senegal), and Taina Saarinen (Finland) who illuminate the kinds of models and approaches to professionalisation across the world. Trends in professionalisation are discussed by Brett Perozzi (USA) and Robert Shea (Canada); and Andrew West (UK) and Gavin Henning (USA) discuss the prevailing standards and competencies against which Student Affairs professionalisation programmes are assessed and evaluated. This section shapes a comprehensive and textured view on the current models and practices, of how the profession is developed, trained, capacitated and professionalised across the world. 


Part two contains the diverse voices and narratives of 26 authors from 15 countries who are leaders in their regions and their disciplines and who are key role players in local and international capacity building and professionalization programs. The narratives are geographically organised into perspectives from Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, North America, the Caribbean and the South American regions. These describe and discuss locally embedded and regionally relevant professionalisation programs and initiatives and raise their significance and challenges in advancing Student Affairs and Services in their unique contexts. 


Part three, raises unique critiques and points towards future issues we are likely to anticipate in the professionalization of the domain. A case study by Wildschut and Luescher highlights how the professionalization in the Global South, in this case South Africa, draws on social justice discourse. In the final article Schreiber, Roberts and Leask raise key issues and alert to risks around embracing hegemonic discourses, and discuss the banality of importing professionalization models into context - where instead local and indigenous voices have relevance.  


The richness of this monograph is underscored by the diversity of authors, who reflect from multiple positions and highlight the fluidity and growth of this field across the globe. 


This New Directions for Student Services is a must read for all faculty, leaders, managers and students who seek to not only professionalize themselves, their programmes and students, but also seek to do this for a globalized world, for a more impactful and socially just Student Affairs and Services across our world. 

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Global Perspectives on Student Affairs and Services:

A Handbook

by Birgit Schreiber, Roger B. Ludeman, Chris R. Glass, and Gerardo Blanco

Global Perspectives on Student Affairs and Services provides a comprehensive overview of the foundations, issues, and best practices in student affairs and services (SAS) in higher education worldwide. As student populations become increasingly diverse, the role of SAS in supporting student success and advancing societal goals is more vital than ever.

This handbook examines the global context in which SAS operates and highlights how it aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It explores relevant educational and student development theories that inform SAS practices internationally. The handbook profiles over 30 key functions of SAS, such as academic advising, career services, student governance, and recreation. Each functional area is described in depth with examples from various countries and regions to illustrate the diversity of approaches globally.

Whether you are an aspiring or current SAS practitioner, this handbook offers valuable insights into how SAS professionals worldwide enhance the student experience, promote inclusion and equity, and drive institutional success. The book emphasizes that while specific programs and services may differ across borders, SAS is united by common principles and a commitment to student learning and development. This handbook is essential reading for anyone interested in the multifaceted nature of student affairs and services and its vital role in contemporary higher education.


Trends in Higher Education: employability, competencies, and global civic engagement

IASAS-NASPA’S Second Global Summit on Student Affairs and Services - Hosted by EucA Rome, October, 2014

By Maria Cinque, Brett Perozzi, Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo & Simona Miano

This work is a result of the second Global Summit on Student Affairs and Services, which occurred in Rome, Italy in October, 2014. The Summit was a partnership between the International Association of Student Affairs and Services Association (IASAS), NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the host partner, the European University College Association (EucA). The 2014 Summit was designed to be an engaging conversation around a number of key themes. These themes revolve around the core concept of “soft skills” or “competencies.”

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Student Affairs & Services in Higher Education: Global Foundations, Issues, and Best Practices

Ludeman, R. B. & Schreiber, B. (Eds.). 2020. Student Affairs and Services in Higher Education: Global Foundations, Issues, and Best Practices, 3rd ed, pp. 1-629. Published by the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS) in cooperation with the Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW) Publishers, Berlin, Germany.

The book is a reference for every actor in the Higher Education sector: it includes reports and materials about student affairs services and practices from over 125 countries in the world and addresses the most comprehensive range of topics connected to Student Affairs and Services. 

This 3rd edition focuses on ways to build an effective student affairs and services operation that puts students at the centre of all efforts by supporting them in their academic endeavours and enhancing their personal, social, cultural, and cognitive development. It aims to help professionals deliver a high quality, well rounded higher learning experience and to increase students’ retention and progress toward graduation. In addition, it wants to enhance students’ career/employment prospects and lifelong learning interests while conducting a life as a responsible, contributing community member and citizen.


Special Supplement: COVID-19

Life in the time of COVID-19
Higher education Student Affairs and Services responses to a worldwide pandemic – short-term and longer-term challenges and opportunities

Authors: Annette Andrews | Bekele W. Ayele | Lisa Bardill-Moscaritolo | Stephanie Deveze-Delaunay Michael Handford | Keith B. Humphrey | Shafiul Islam | Roger B. Ludeman | Qi Li
Adriana Perez-Encinas | Tiina Piipponen | Vianna Renaud | Birgit Schreiber | Robert Shea Louise Staunton | Juan Williams-Kudin

 International Student Affairs and Services

Interest in student affairs and services has been expanding throughout the world and this has been complemented by a growing commitment to providing students a more informed entry into the global world in which we live.

The challenges and opportunities that higher education staff and advocates are expected to address are more effectively addressed when ideas are shared, models are developed and modified, and when educators cooperate across borders to support the improvement of each other’s practice.

Two new publications are now available to help shape the future of international higher education. These two books are unique in their complementarity; they share several key authors and their content reinforces a shared message about enhancing student learning and development. These books are also distinct from each other, making them useful for different audiences and for different purposes.


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The book is relatively short (115 pages) and offers an overview of why and how institutions might look more deeply into the prospect of enhancing students’ learning and development both in and out of class.

Comparative analysis of educational practices and modifying approaches across environments is advocated including examples from authors in four international settings.

The book concludes with the two research and theory bases that are important to enhancing students’ experiences – student development and campus culture – as well as provides guidance on research, evaluation, and assessment, building staff capacity, and mutual partnerships.

This book will be of interest to all those who value quality higher education no matter what their role. The intent is to convince broader constituencies of the merit of enhancing the student experience so that students worldwide will benefit from intentional learning and development opportunities.


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Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education

(Osfield, Perozzi, Bardill Moscaritolo, & Shea, 2016)


Written for both new and seasoned student affairs professionals around the world, Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education, co-led by leaders from IASAS (International Association of Student Affairs and Services) and NASPA lays the groundwork for improving the lives of students. As globalization continues to flatten our world and internationalization efforts press forward, student affairs and services practitioners are uniquely positioned to assist students with attaining high-quality, holistic higher education, which in turn leads to the improvement of global society overall.

In Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education leaders from all parts of the globe contribute their expertise, presenting a variety of concepts in detail and with specificity, capturing nuance and country-specific flair, while also providing paradigm-changing examples.

Overarching issues include:
• Rapidly growing numbers of international students
• An increasingly diverse and mobile student population
• Expanding diversity of the campus at home
• Intensified cross-border cooperation in research and teaching
• More and different staff exchange programs
• Closer and more intensified cooperation of state actors


Other Links & Publications


ACA Book Press Release
International Student Support in European Higher Education: Needs, Solutions, and Challenge


ACPA-NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners

Borderless Global Movement Article by Richard Zereik and Eva-Marie Seeto (2014)

Global Summit on Student Affairs-Africa joins the global conversations by Bardill Moscaritolo & Shreiber (2014)

IASAS Research Study by Seifert, Perozzi, Li, Bodine Al-Sharif, & Wildman (2014)

IASAS special guest edition: 

Journal of Student Affairs in Africa Vol 5 (1) “Voices from around the globe” by Callhan, K. & Chinedu,  M. (2017)

Joining Hands Across the Seas: The Genesis of IASAS by Roger B. Ludeman

Professional Mentoring in Student Affairs: Evaluation of a Global Programme  (Eva-Marie Seeto, 2016)



Asia-Pacific Journal for Student Affairs (AJSA)

                                  Australia & New Zealand

Journal of the Australia & New Zealand Student Support Association


The Internationalisation of Higher Education in Spain: Reflections and Perspectives by Laura Howard & Adriana Perez-Encinas, 2017 Edition

Enhancing Employability in Higher Education Through Work Based Learning by Morley and others (2018)

Employability in a Global Context: Evolving Policy and Practice in Employability, Work Integrated Learning, and Career Development Learning by Martin Smith, Kenton Bell, Dawn Bennett, and Alan McAlpine, 2018

Enhancing Employability in Higher Education through Work Based Learning by Morley (2017)

European Higher Education Area: the Impact of Past and Future Policies, by Adrian Curaj, Ligia Deca, & Remus Pricopie (2018)

German Studentenwerk

Higher Education: A worldwide inventory of research centers, academic programs, and journals and publications (3rd Ed) Rumbley, Altbach, Stanford, Shimmi, de Gayardon, & Chan (2014)

Interview with LEAN in Higher Education by Vianna Renaud



                                             North America

Expect the Unexpected: Experiences of U.S.-Trained Student Affairs Professionals Working Abroad by Patricia Witkowsky

CIHE Perspectives No. 6: The Boston College Center for International Higher Education Year in Review, 2016-2017.

Higher Education: A worldwide inventory of research centers, academic programs, and journals and publications (3rd Ed) Rumbley, Altbach, Stanford, Shimmi, de Gayardon, & Chan (2014)

Enhancing Student Learning and Development in Cross-Border Higher Education  by Roberts & Komives (2016)

Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

                                               South Africa

Journal of Student Affairs in Africa

Perspectives on Student Affairs in South Africa Book


UNESCO/OECD Guidelines on “Quality Provision in Cross-border Higher Education”

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