Student Affairs and Services in Global Perspective

Typically our blog focuses on research, findings, presentations and musing related to the ongoing Supporting Student Success research project. As we wrap up sharing preliminary findings with each of the participating institutions, we will begin our cross-site analysis and continue to plan for presentations at Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education in Victoria and CACUSS in Montreal in what promises to be a very busy and exciting summer.

However, this week we wanted to share something a little different. The International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS) has started a research project to look at the practice of student affairs and services around the globe. Some of you may have already received this invitation and we are grateful to the nearly 100 people who have already responded. If you have not participated yet, we encourage you to do so. Either way we want your voices included as part of this project and hope you can share this message broadly with your colleagues, locally, nationally and beyond!

The formal invitation and survey link are below. Thank you again for reading and participating.


In recent years, two books have provided an organizational perspective of student affairs and services practice from around the world. Whether you work in residence life, career or job placement services, academic learning support services, counseling or in another area that serves to support students, we would like to hear from you!

This research study seeks to understand the experiences of postsecondary/tertiary staff members. As a subscriber to a listserv for student affairs and services practitioners, we invite you to help develop this understanding by completing a brief 15 minute survey in which you will be asked about your job position, duties and background. We intend to use the results from this survey to share information about student affairs and services work in a global context and provide resources and a support network for those working in the field.

We invite you to share the survey link with other staff colleagues not part of the listserv. A copy of the results from this study will be available on the IASAS Web site. You will be notified through this listserv when the results are available.

To access the survey, please click here. If the survey does not open automatically, please copy and paste the following link to your Web browser’s address bar.

If you have any questions regarding the content of the survey or want to know how we intend to use the data, please do not “reply” to this email. Rather, direct all study questions to Dr. Tricia Seifert at

Please help contribute to our understanding of the experiences of student affairs and services staff by completing the survey.


Tricia Seifert, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Brett Perozzi, Weber State University
Mary Ann Bodine Al-Sharif, Florida State College
Katie Wildman, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation


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