ASCA Fall Recap
The Board of Directors, along with ASCA's Central Office, have dedicated significant time and energy to advance both the mission and operations of ASCA in order to educate, develop, and support student-centered conduct professionals. Below you will find a mid-year recap of the work that has been accomplished.
Dear ASCA Members,
On behalf of the ASCA Board, I am pleased to share this update on the Association's operations and achievements over the past six months. The Board of Directors, along with ASCA's Central Office, have dedicated significant time and energy to advance both the mission and operations of ASCA in order to educate, develop, and support student-centered conduct professionals. Below you will find a mid-year recap of the work that has been accomplished.
We will have more updates at our annual conference in Portland, Oregon, January 31 – February 3, including opportunities for members to give input into our next strategic plan.
We also want to note the loss of our colleague and founding ASJA/ASCA member, Raymond Goldstone. He left an indelible mark on our profession. We will celebrate his life and impact collectively at our annual conference. May his memory be a blessing.
- Returned to in-person events: the Annual Conference was a success with nearly 650 attendees in Portland, Oregon The in-person Gehring Academy had approximately 240 professionals meet in Detroit to participate in this premier student conduct event.
- Expanded Virtual Programming: we held virtual Gehring mini-tracks with another 140 attendees participating in day-long intensive sessions, and relaunched this October Student Conduct 101.
- Began offering Continuing Education credits as a founding member of the Student Affairs Certification Consortium.
- Provided a much-needed DEIJ communal space in July to discuss the impact of DEI legislation and provide support for our members.
- Implemented an Equity-Informed Repository of forms, letters, and documents as a resource for members. Thank you to all who have already contributed content.
ASCA Member Experience
- Planned and implemented three Volunteer Leader Orientation sessions for over 45 leaders with additional sessions this fall.
- Formalized the Content Advisory Committee, and the members are reimagining our Association's publications and podcasts.
- The Research Committee approved a number of studies, including one with the Piazza Center focused on the role of conduct officers in fraternity/sorority conduct administration.
- Created position statements and the Ethical Standards and Practices.
- Added a Financial Advisory Task Force and the Religiously-Affiliated CoP
- Presidential Task Forces are doing critical work across the Association operations. Results and recommendations will be shared online.
- Regions and States Task Force
- Membership Benefits Task Force
- Vendor Task Force
- Student Organizations Task Force
- Ethical Engagement Task Force
ASCA Central Office
- Hired new staff in the Central Office: a new Executive Director, Dr. Tess Barker; a new Assistant Executive Director, Dr. Amanda Mesirow, and an interim Director of Membership, Josh Cutchens. These three, along with our Marketing Director Angela Powell, have smoothly kept operations going.
- Updating the website and membership management system to provide more efficient and streamlined member experience.
- Consolidating our financial accounts to decrease overhead costs and better manage Association finances, and investing in professional bookkeeping services, including doing a financial audit.
- Expanding our external leadership and representation through an enhanced partnership such as with AFA that allows for discounted dual membership in both AFA and ASCA.
- Provided official comments on the proposed Title IX regulations and are preparing trainings once they are official.
- Participated in the Big 10 Conduct Officers meeting; Council of Higher Education Management Associations (CHEMA) meetings; and presented sessions at the Fraternity Risk Management (FRMT) Annual Conference.