The CSA provides a forum specifically for the most senior student affairs officer at member institutions, where they can discuss issues often unique to major public higher education institutions; be directly involved with the development and promotion of national higher education policy; and advance the role of Student Affairs in their own campus settings. The topics and content of the Summer Forum and Annual Meeting sessions reflect this aim.
Summer Forum sessions typically focus on issues or topics not offered through other professional organizations for the senior student affairs audience, or are presented from a perspective/angle distinct from other conferences/meetings.
Topics that reach across institutional units are particularly appropriate for the APLU Annual Meeting. Co-sponsorships with other Councils (e.g., governmental affairs; public affairs and communications; senior business and financial affairs officers; engagement and outreach officers) and Commissions (e.g., access, diversity, and excellence; international programs; urban initiatives) advance the role of student affairs on college and university campuses.
As a senior student affairs officer-only group, CSA members have found value in networking with colleagues at like-institutions; the comprehensive nature of discussions and information; and sharing and learning from each other the increasingly complex nature of the SSAO position on campuses.
2013 Washington, DC
Engaging the 21st century students: Creating extraordinary experiences at campuses committed to access (co-sponsored)
Evolving campus practices and policies for a growing international student population (co-sponsored)
Joan E. Clodius Forum: When They Come Home (co-sponsored)
Student Affairs and the Institution's Strategic Plan: Presidential perspectives
Using National Survey Data to increase Student Success
2012 Denver, CO
Crisis management in an instant media world (co-sponsored)
Innovative methods to measure student progress and success (co-sponsored)
Shaping financial aid for future students (co-sponsored)
Social media: Understanding and setting expectations (co-sponsored)