Dear CUNY Student Affairs Professional,
Fostering student success, enhancing the quality of the University experience and partnering with the academic enterprise is paramount in our work as Student Affairs professionals. With this said, it is essential we identify our strengths, develop our talents and pursue our passions as they relate to student development, learning and achievement.
Professional Development must be among our most cherished core values as we design our student services, programs and policies. We will hold ourselves to the highest expectations of performance and, as such, must be engaged in the most effective student service practice—practice that is both evidence-based and shared amongst the leaders in our field. In addition to conferences and webinars that are typically the venues for advancing our work, the Central Office of Student Affairs (COSA) has organized a series of website pages entitled “Professional Development Resources.”
The resources detailed here are fundamental to the COSA mission: 1) to coordinate critical support services and programs, and 2) promote “best practices” that directly affect the welfare and success of students enrolled across the 24 units and professional schools that comprise CUNY. I wish to encourage a rich, ongoing conversation as you identify and share evidence-based practices with a continuing emphasis on self-assessment and strengthening your professional expertise. Our shared goal is to provide CUNY’s more than 500,000 students with the most effective and purposeful campus experience, providing extraordinary engagement and an unparalleled student experience. Ultimately, all of us are ethically- and professionally-bound to ensure that our students realize their full potential and are afforded all the rights and benefits of a college degree.
Please take advantage of this professional development website by engaging in any student service area that may be beneficial or of interest to you. You will find resource materials there that are routinely consulted in support of our diverse community of students.
Of course, adding to and updating our resources is an important, ongoing process. Please know that your feedback is important to COSA as we strive to serve the University community, cultivate our expertise and advocate on behalf of all CUNY students.
With Special Regards,
Frank D. Sanchez
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Division of Student Affairs