Puget Sound Colloquium

The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Puget Sound is pleased to host the 2013 Puget Sound Colloquium on January 16. This annual gathering of local student affairs colleagues is an opportunity for high quality, relevant, convenient, and very reasonably priced professional development. Over the years a wide range of local, regional, and national resources have been brought to the Colloquium to foster learning for those of us who are committed to student learning inside and outside of the classroom. The Colloquium is also an opportunity to meet and engage colleagues from around the Puget Sound. 

This year’s speaker will be Dr. Richard Keeling, a well-respected student affairs and student health services professional. Rich and his colleague, Richard Hersh, co-authored the recently published book, We’re Losing Our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education. Here is one description of the book and its importance:

We’re Losing Our Minds adeptly describes the systemic nature of limited learning in higher education. As the authors convincingly argue, the task is not to change a few practices or chastise a few institutions, but to alter the core of higher education in America. Their proposal for change is at once simple and radical—higher education institutions need to develop a serious culture of teaching and learning. This is a straightforward proposition, but one that will require a fundamental transformation in the attitudes, priorities, and cultures of colleges and universities. Based on years of experience and research, Keeling and Hersh are aware of the challenges ahead yet bold enough to outline strategies for success. Only one question remains: Will higher education leadership have the courage to heed their call for transformation?

--Josipa Roksa, University of Virginia; co-author of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses

We hope you will join us for this thought provoking, challenging, yet ultimately hopeful look at the work we share. We anticipate a full house for the Colloquium so you are encouraged to not delay in registering for this event.