Director of 4-Year Private Institutions

Andre Clanton

Describe your goals and objectives for the position you seek and how they relate to and would advance the association's vision, mission and core values.    
As the Director of 4 year Private Institutions, my primary goal would be to address the unique concerns faced by private institutions and develop a communication structure that allows for those concerns to be discussed openly, collectively, and expeditiously.  To support our mission, I would seek to determine what the profession looks like on private university campuses versus state university campuses and seek to develop methods and opportunities to advance student conduct in that genre specifically. For example, many private institution conduct offices are an office of one versus state institutions with various positions supporting the conduct office.  How does that advance or inhibit the student conduct profession in private institutions?  As the Director of 4 Year Private Institutions, I would open up a dialogue with our private institutions so we can learn how to advocate for, and support, one another.  I would develop a community that allows for the free flow of ideas and conversations so we can tackle the many unseen legal and ethical challenges we face in our profession.  I would embrace the diversity of our private institutions and look beyond the surface of the institution, but seek to understand how their traditions, history, and innovations make it the open and inclusive environment it is.  My goal would be to create a mutually educating environment that is undergirded with strong integrity and leadership.  These goals are in line with our vision, mission, and core values and with my personal and professional vision and mission as well.
 
ASCA drafted a Strategic Plan, how would you, in your position on the ASCA Board, advance and contribute to this plan.     
In my role as Director of 4 year Private Institutions, I believe I will be able to help us achieve the priorities and goals outlined in our strategic plan.  One such goal is our on-boarding for volunteer leaders, particularly regional and state reps.  Just recently I helped develop a survey to determine how effective our region and state representatives were and there were mixed feelings about the structure. However, the information we obtained in that survey has increased our knowledge generation and will help us develop new and innovative ways to support our leaders and volunteers as well as critically review our organizational development and funding. I also believe that many of our 4 year private institutions have not heard of ASCA or are unable to fund their conduct officer’s participation in the institution.  I can help support our membership development by reaching out to these institutions and sharing the benefits of joining and participating in ASCA. While many will argue they cannot afford to participate, I will inform them of why they can’t afford not to.  It’s important for 4 year private institutions to understand that state institutions have state reps to speak on their behalf, but we all have the association.  I am excited to see ASCA move boldly into our next evolutionary stage of development. I believe greater participation by our 4 year private institutions is a major part of our overall growth while maintaining the small organizational feel that has been a trademark of our association. 
 
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Karen L. Joshua-Wathel


 
Describe your goals and objectives for the position you seek and how they relate to and would advance the association's vision, mission and core values.    
My desired goal is to continue to serve as an ASCA Board Member with the objective of being a part of a TEAM that is responsible for staying on the cutting edge and directly responsible for moving the organization forward. Private Colleges and Universities although small have a large state of affairs. A team of representatives from different constituencies met with the intent to see what we needed and how we can to contribute to ASCA yearly goals and long-term goals to move the organization forward and continue to be on the cutting edge of conduct, laws, and best practices in higher education.  I am happy to report TEAM PCU (Private Colleges and Universities) increased the number of submissions for conference programs as well as the number of program reviewers. As a board member, I will set standards for best practices, while driving the future of student conduct nationally. I will push for ASCA TEAM PCU to be one of the primary sources of expertise sought out on conduct matters at private institutions as well as public institutions.  TEAM PCU will continue to keep ASCA goals first, and foremost to drive what we do to move “student growth and development while preserving the educational environment” and I believe we are up for the task to take on the challenge with the full support of ASCA Board and Organization.  
 
ASCA drafted a Strategic Plan, how would you, in your position on the ASCA Board, advance and contribute to this plan.     
As an ASCA board member, I would like to continue to familiarize PCU’s with the Big Audacious Goal (BAG) and add PCU’s voice to advance and contribute to the strategic plan through BAG. A goal for PCU would be to look at most, if not all ASCA PCU’s and develop a Model for a Student Code of Conduct Framework, for individual Colleges/Universities wanting a model to guide their Student Code of Conduct process. Just as the seasons change so does the laws, conduct processes, models, and evaluations. We have to be proactive and not reactive to new regulations, mandates that may govern how we handle our own Student Code of Conduct on our respective campuses. To come up with innovative ideas whereby we can be accountable to our stakeholders, as well as our external constituents.  I want PCU to be a driving force to have members from every private institution of higher education, and seek to be seen as the authority on student conduct specifically for PCU’s.  While I know these may seem like lofty goals for the position I seek, I do believe they are attainable through ASCA’s BAG, support, and help. I believe wholeheartedly if I shoot for the moon, I will land among the stars.  
 
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