Thursday, 20th May 2021 –10am Eastern Standard Time (US) 

Global Student Affairs and Services in the Context of COVID-19:  Student development and support in unique contexts with unique challenges


Researchers from four global regions came together virtually shortly after the global pandemic began impacting the world. The resulting empirical research investigates the impacts of COVID-19 on student affairs and services (SAS) across six continents and seven world regions. Results from 781 respondents allowed the research team to understand the involvement of SAS in COVID-19 decisions, actions taken during the pandemic, and SAS’s critical impact on students and universities in a variety of contexts. This empirical research used snowball sampling, self-report online questionnaire, quantitative and qualitative methods that generated data for hypothesis building. 

The research reveals how SAS across the globe engaged in mediating the impacts of COVID-19 on student learning and development in three domains: the students’ personal domain, the socio-cultural contexts within which students live and learn, and the public domain on which the students’ academic success depends. 

This webinar highlights regional differences that illustrate the unique relevance of SAS for student and institutional success in different contexts. Implications from this study are directly relevant to the theory and practice of those who support students on a daily basis and for university leadership.  The webinar concludes with recommendations to further develop the proposed heuristic model to contribute to the development of a global SAS profession.

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  • Birgit Schreiber, Member of the Africa Centre for Transregional Research at Freiburg University & VP for IASAS, Germany
  • Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, Vice Provost for Student Life, American University of Sharjah & Secretary-General for IASAS, the United Arab Emirates
  • Brett Perozzi, Vice President for Student Affairs, Weber State University, United States of America
  • Thierry Luescher, Research Director for Post-schooling and Work in the Human Sciences Research Council and affiliate Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of the Free State, South Africa