A Survey of Senior Student Affairs Officer Perceptions of the Role of Politics in Student Affairs Administration

  • Richard Herdlein Buffalo State - State University of New York
  • Mark Kretovics Kent State University
  • Christie Rossiter Finger Lakes Community College
  • Jessica Sobczak Buffalo State - State University of New York
Keywords: Student Affairs, Politics,


Knowledge of political issues is vital to successful practice, yet there is a paucity of research on this dynamic in student affairs. This study was intended to provide information relevant to the preparation of new professionals and help practitioners negotiate the political dimensions of their work. A national survey of senior student affairs officers provided quantitative and qualitative data critical to the search for meaning in this important facet of administration.  The findings provided clear evidence of the pervasive role of politics in policy and decision making, the need to understand the political nature of student affairs at all levels of administration and identified major sources of political activity.


Reference citation: Herdlein, R., Kretovics, M., Rossiter, C.,  Sobczak, J. (2011). A survey of senior student affairs officer perceptions of the role of politics in student affairs administration.  CSPA-NYS Journal of Student Affairs, 11(1), 37-64.   


Author Biographies

Richard Herdlein, Buffalo State - State University of New York
Associate Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration
Mark Kretovics, Kent State University
Associate Professor, Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel
Christie Rossiter, Finger Lakes Community College
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs
Jessica Sobczak, Buffalo State - State University of New York

Professional Staff Associate, Graduate School

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