Student Affairs professionals work to provide services and support for students and drive their welfare designing their success.
The core business of student affairs is to create an experience that enhances the growth and development of the students and creates the conditions for engaged and active learning.
The profession of student affairs grew in the United States from the campus experience. At the beginning most early institutions were residential and the tutors lived in the Halls with the students. Their focus was on control of the student as opposed to modern philosophy which focuses on the development of the student as a whole, but has always connected those interested in the welfare of students.
Student Affairs and Services are today a huge reality in constant evolution. Institutions increasingly realize that their success depends on creating a student-centered experience.
The Students services are tailored for specific populations, such as commuter students or first-year students and go in in the perspectives of Social Inclusion, cross-cultural communication in order to involve the students in their communities, and to give them all the tools to develop their talents and discover their passions.
In this era of globalization student affairs and services practitioners have come to understand the essential nature of embracing international paradigms.
Student affairs and services administrators are now together to network, to share ideas, collaborate and synergize with one another across the borders.
EucA contributes actively in the exportation of best practices in IASAS in Europe, thanks to the active collaboration with NASPA and IASAS.
Participating at the annual NASPA conference EucA has the opportunity to capture best practices for its Halls of Residence and establish partnerships with student affairs colleagues outside Europe.
In the book ‘Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education’ published by NASPA, Higher Education leaders around the world explore how the profession is developing globally and how support to students is actually delivered, with a particular focus on internationalization.
EucA President Gian Luca Giovannucci co-authored the chapter on the Global Dialogue among practitioners based on EucA’s experience on hosting the 2014 Global Summit on Student Affairs in Rome, Italy.