About Student Affairs On Campus
Vision & Focus
The vision of Student Affairs On Campus is to be a scholarly publication that is helpful to and appreciated by professionals and faculty in Texas higher education institutions. Student Affairs on Campus publishes mostly solicited (and perhaps some peer-reviewed) works that are relevant to higher education and student affairs professionals, faculty, and graduate students. These works specifically pertain to the administrative practice of student affairs, as well as college student learning, development, retention, achievement, and engagement. Student Affairs On Campus will be published once a year unless need/demand justifies greater frequency.
Why a TACUSPA Journal?
A scholarly journal has long been a dream of leaders of the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA), at least dating back to 1988. However, concerns about cost, quality, and purpose have deterred a successful launch of such a journal. Recently, enthusiasm concerning a TACUSPA journal has been renewed for several reasons.
First, a TACUSPA journal can tie members and colleagues together. Members who read the same publication can discuss articles with one another, exploring what they are learning and thinking about. It also creates a needed outlet for these talented professionals, faculty members, and graduate students to share the good work they are doing. Too much of our work is left unshared with the greater community of scholar-practitioners.
A TACUSPA journal provides members with another tangible benefit, encouraging professionals to join the association and helping to make current members feel like their participation is worth the small annual dues. Social networking, including blogs, has made online publication a norm instead of an exception. The latest technology allows for an online journal that is not only low-cost, but is also visually appealing and easy to navigate. This journal also helps spread the TACUSPA brand across Texas. It is quite possible that some colleagues may encounter the journal first (i.e., in conversations or when searching for articles online), leading them to further explore the association that sponsors it.
Perhaps most importantly, a TACUSPA journal will help to develop both readers and authors. The purpose of the articles is to provide information that is relevant and helpful to today’s student affairs work. Readers will learn how to be better scholar-practitioners through this journal. In addition, the publication process itself will work to develop prospective authors, of all levels of experience and expertise, into better thinkers and writers.