Learning Objectives : The Cooperation of Student & Academic Affairs Determine the benefits of cooperative ventures between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs/Services. Analyze best practices for collaborative programs between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs/Services. Resources : Student Services Chapter 21: Academic and Student Affairs Partnership Schuh, J. H., Jones, S. R., & Torres, V. (2016). Student services: A handbook for the profession. (6th ed.). San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons. The Chronicle of Higher Education located at www.chronicle.com SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS : Respond to the following prompts in the Partnerships discussion forum by The Deadline : What lessons can you take from this week’s reading to assist you in deciding whether partnerships you engage in, or anticipate engaging in, are a good idea? If you work on a college or university campus, share examples of cooperative ventures between student and academic affairs. What has been the outcome? COMMENT on the Following ( SAMPLE / Response ) see below ( PLEASE) SAMPLE / Response A.R Creating learning environments and learning experiences for students and establishing partnerships that advance student learning is among the principles of good practice for student affairs. Partnerships can be a good idea if they are created for reasons and in ways that serve the interests of students and the partners (Schuh, Jones, &Torres, 2017). Kezar’s (2003) Stage Model for Collaboration in higher education takes mission, integrating structures, campus networks, rewards, a sense of priority from people in senior positions, external pressure, values, and learning elements necessary for collaboration and focused on how those elements “unfolded in a developmental way” to aid in understanding collaboration over time. It is important to the success and development of students that they can connect and access faculty, staff, administrators, community and resources. SAS office in my HE intuition has established several partnerships with campus academics, recreation, the student centers and athletics to improve coordination of campus events and increase student engagement. A good student affairs practice initiates partnerships for learning include students, faculty, academic administrators, staff, and others inside and outside the campus, expand and enrich opportunities and develops structures that support collaboration. To be effective and meaningful, collaborations between academic and student affairs should be approached “cautiously, purposefully, and honestly” (Magolda, 2011, p. 21). However, the need to find ways to complete tasks necessary for student success forces SAS to seek out limited financial funding and staffing and institutional resources. SAS partnership success is accredited to good timing, risk-taking in the face of unexpected opportunities, and fortuitous relationships. At the same time, they acknowledged that partnerships are hard work (Schuh, Jones, &Torres, 2017). Finally, I do believe that academic affairs and student affairs are in the profession of higher education to prepare and improve young adults to become productive members of society through collaboration and partnership with the community. There are many characteristics to being a productive member of society and the institution can begin to promote experience, preparing students to be productive global citizens. References: Baxter Magolda, M. B., & Magolda, P.M. (2011). Contested issues in student affairs: Diverse perspectives and respectful dialogue. Sterling, Va: Stylus Publishing. Kezar, A. (2003a). Achieving student success: Strategies for creating partnerships between academic and student affairs. The NASPA Journal, 41(1), 1-22. Schuh, John H., Susan R. Jones, and. Vasti Torres, 2017. Student Services: A Handbook for the Profession. 6th ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2017.