About the Academy
The James E. Scott Academy provides innovative, rigorous, and high quality experiential learning and professional growth opportunities meeting the diverse and changing needs of senior student affairs officers.
The Academy builds a strong and legitimate reputation for assisting senior student affairs officers to achieve and maintain a competitive focus in the profession while promoting student success. This is accomplished by offering premium programs recognized in higher education and other professions as highest quality professional development experiences, featuring:
expert practices and collaborations within our profession,
rigorous examination of issues impacting campus communities, and
best practices of other professions to benefit delivery of student services.
Purpose of the Academy
- To serve as a "clearinghouse" for all leadership-related activities designed to increase the effectiveness of Senior Student Affairs Officers
- To assist senior officers in professional and personal growth on issues including:
- career development and personal achievement
- understanding the political and economic forces that guide and impact our profession
- legislative and governmental influences
- budgeting and resource allocation
- assisting staff to be more effective in their roles working with students
- To examine "best practices" in our profession and other professions and develop learning opportunities for senior student affairs officers utilizing both technological and on-site delivery
Goals for the Academy
The James E. Scott Academy prepares and sustains effective student affairs leaders. Accordingly, it is recommended that the following goals serve to guide the work of Academy sponsored programs.
To better prepare senior student affairs officers to serve their campuses and become more effective in their roles
To deliver intellectual resources to program participants through updates of "best practices" and the integration of trends and other relevant information impacting the student affairs profession, and
To promote innovative thinking and deliver high quality campus programs and services
The Academy was established in response to NASPA's initiative to provide continued professional education and development to meet the needs of SSAOs, offering skill development in the areas of leadership and executive effectiveness.
In 1994, NASPA President James E. Scott appointed the Committee on Future Skills and Knowledge for Student Affairs Leaders, charging the committee with examining how SSAOs develop and refine professional skills throughout their careers and making recommendations on a deliberate process for continual professional development. The committee, consisting of SSAOs conducted a review of relevant theoretical constructs and applications affecting the future work of SSAOs and assessed pressing leadership effectiveness needs through extensive research and dialogue with SSAOs across the country.
By the end of 1997, the NASPA Board transformed the Committee on Future Skills and Knowledge into the National Academy for Leadership and Executive Effectiveness. On January 9, 1999, the Academy launched its first national Institute. In March 2003, the Academy was renamed in honor of past president James E. Scott.