Learning at Centre College is a total experience that goes beyond the classroom, with a campus environment where students can develop intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually. With these goals in mind, the College’s Student Life staff is dedicated solely to the student experience, and their work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Again this year, Centre’s Student Life Office has been recognized among the nation’s Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs, making the list for the third year in a row.
The Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) at Ohio State University conducted the analysis in partnership with the American College Personnel Association (ACPA)—College Student Educators International and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a study that led to the recognition of 19 student affairs offices at ACPA-member institutions across the country.
According to Diverse, the list represents institutions that “possess a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace and the staffing practices of various divisions/departments of student affairs.” With a focus on workplace diversity, staffing practices and work environment, the CHEE research team used a web-based survey approach to examine categories such as family friendliness, salary/benefits and professional development opportunities, to name a few.
The College’s Student Life Office centers its service on student needs, including residence life and housing, health and safety, community involvement and campus activities—work that Vice President and Dean of Student Life Randy Hays said is not only rewarding but supported by a team of educators who are “dedicated to preparing our students for lives of learning, of leadership, of service.”
“It is that common mission that unites our diverse backgrounds and experiences as a team of professionals striving to serve all of our students,” Hays continued. “In the end, they are why we do this work—and why it’s so meaningful to receive this award.”
by Elise L. Murrell
February 25, 2016