Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Community College Institute at 2019 NASPA Annual Conference


Dr. Emmanuel Lalande currently serves as the vice president for enrollment management at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. He has over 13 years of experience in higher education administration. Over the course of his career, Dr. Emmanuel Lalande has established himself as a member of numerous groups and organizations, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) will host the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference between March 9 and 13 in Los Angeles, California. The conference will involve the NASPA Community College Institute (CCI), which seeks to enhance student success at two-year institutions holistically. Held over the course of one and a half days, NASPA will engage with and inspire the CCI leaders who represent the interests of more than 10 million students every year. 

Despite comprising nearly one half of the nation’s undergraduate population, less than 40 percent of community college students go on to achieve an undergraduate degree within six years. Similarly, only 29 percent of associate’s degree students complete their degree tracks within three years. CCI intends to respond to these facts and improve academic outcomes and career opportunities for students through three primary focuses: the strategic management of enrollment, a comprehensive analysis of student outcomes, and the reevaluation of financial wellness and emergency aid. 

Dr. Mike Flores, chancellor of the Alamo Colleges District, will lead CCI sessions at the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

ASCA Looks at Advocacy Sanctioning as a Practice


With more than 10 years of experience in higher education leadership, Dr. Emmanuel Lalande serves as the vice president for enrollment management at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. Additionally, Dr. Emmanuel Lalande maintains membership in the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA).

Recently ASCA highlighted a new approach to student conduct that looks to find the most helpful intersection between holding a student accountable while still advocating on their behalf. The practice of Advocacy Sanctioning (AS) was conceived by Moraine Valley Community College code of conduct coordinator Amanda Mesirow and focuses on providing a pathway that doesn’t inherently punish the student when it’s not the most appropriate course of action, but instead looks to examine root causes of poor behavior. 

There are three major elements that comprise AS philosophy. The first is a focus on student needs from a holistic standpoint (grades, finances, mental health, personal identity, etc.) for students who need significant interventions. The second element requires the assignment of specific hearing officers who are charged with advocating on the student’s behalf. And the third is handing out a sanction that isn’t just a punishment, but one that fosters long-term connection between the student and his or her hearing officer, which leads to better outcomes. 

Mesirow says she wants to move conduct offices away from the perception that they are there simply to hand out punishment. Rather, she wants them to be recognized as a place where students have advocates who are working to help them be successful as well.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

About the Upcoming 2019 NASAP Conference


Saturday, September 29, 2018

NASPA Renames Journal to Reflect Gender Focus


A respected educational administrator with more than a decade of experience, Dr. Emmanuel Lalande serves as the vice president for enrollment management at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. As part of his commitment to professional development and networking with peers, Dr. Emmanuel Lalande maintains membership in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

NASPA recently put together a task force to look at the breadth of topics covered in its peer-reviewed journal - specifically whether or not the contents adequately tackled issues of gender. After taking a careful look at the content, the NASPA board decided that the journal should receive a new title to reflect the broader scope of its mission. The publication will now be called the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education, starting in January 2019. 

The journal’s expanded focus will delve deeply into the systemic obstacles that continue to plague all aspects of education, from the student level to faculty, staff, and administrative environments. The peer-reviewed research in the journal will serve as a bellwether for existing knowledge and emergent findings concerning these issues.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

What Do Students Look For in a School?


Since early 2018, Emmanuel Lalande has been vice president for enrollment management at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. In this role, Emmanuel Lalande oversees multiple offices with an eye toward the recruitment and retention of students.

When choosing a school to attend, students assess several factors, some of which may compete with each other. While every student's needs are different, some factors are almost always associated with quality.

A high four-year graduation rate often indicates a good choice, but other factors can confound the numbers. Extremely selective colleges often have high graduation rates due to the preparations students made beforehand. Schools with large numbers of students in professional programs, such as nursing or education, may have reduced four-year graduation rates due to the program length, as well.

A low student-to-faculty ratio can also be a strong indicator. Due to research pressures placed on some faculty, however, there are often diminishing returns on this value since some faculty members may be more occupied with research rather than instruction. Healthy ratios tend to be about 15 students per faculty member, though as high as 20 isn't unheard of.

Students also look at unique social factors for the school. Clubs, special interest groups, or health and wellness facilities can help draw students' eyes and retain them.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Technological Strategies for Enrollment Growth


Community College Institute at 2019 NASPA Annual Conference

Dr. Emmanuel Lalande currently serves as the vice president for enrollment management at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. He...