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Editor's Note

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Student Affairs Online: an e-magazine devoted to emerging issues in student affairs and technology. We hope you find something of worth herein, and that you will take full advantage of this interactive medium and post your own responses, thoughts, and/or feelings.

Why start such a project in this format?

Some of the professional conference presentations that I attended last year, including my involvement in ACPA's Practice Agenda Project on Emerging Technology, were revealing of the current situation in student affairs. The educational landscape is clearly shifting and practitioners are often left to their own devices to chart a course through conflicting messages (e.g., be current but be frugal). We all face similar challenges in this area no matter what our focus (what DO you do with an old 486?) While many professionals have found innovative ways to incorporate technology into practice, my sense was that others of us may be unaware of the fact that we are making similar mistakes and/or do not fully appreciate the challenge that may be facing student affairs in the coming years.

Then I met Stuart Brown at NASPA in New Orleans. His experiences were similar to mine. The pace of technological change is quicker than the traditional routes of information dissemination can manage (e.g., newsletter, journals, etc.) and many practitioners are struggling. We agreed that some type of organized information exchange needed to occur and that the e-magazine format seemed both a timely and efficient method to achieve this goal. His energy and my inability to say "no" to a good idea led to this project.


Daniel W. Salter

Inside This Issue

To wade into this stream, this first edition opens with several "thought pieces" that explore the nexus between our profession and technology. Our contributors range from seasoned scholars to emerging professionals who have turned their attention to these matters.

Higher Education in the Digital Age
To gain an appreciation for some of the challenges facing higher education and student affairs, this excerpt from a larger article by Arthur Levine outlines the potential impact of distance education in the coming years.

Harder Than It Looked: Reflections of Writing for the Internet
Online education and training are not solely a faculty concern. Kathleen Manning shares her struggles and views on designing online educational materials.

Automatic Accommodations: The Potential of Online Learning for All Students
As we attempt to reach students via technology, we must recognize that our clientele continues to have increasingly diverse needs. Skip Stahl and Joyce Branaman challenge us to make the Internet and technology accessible to students with disabilities. They provide some strategies.

Technology and Student Affairs: An Unlikely Pair
Our best intentions with technology may be thwarted by our abilities to use it. Will Barratt offers some insights into why emerging technology may be especially challenging to the student affairs profession due to the types of individuals who choose this occupation.

Emerging technology impacts our profession at all levels, so we are also please to showcase the writings of two graduate students.

Computer-based Harassment on College Campuses
While empowering, new technology offers a new set of educational challenges. Sarah Rogerson outlines some administrative considerations regarding the growing problem of technology based harassment.

By Way of the Pendulum: The Effect of Technology on the Future of Student Affairs
Looking ahead to the coming years, Jason Zelesky weighs the pros and cons and the long term impact of technology on student affairs.

We anticipate having some "regular columns" for Student Affairs Online, including book and product reviews, case studies, and other resources.

The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet
In our first Book Review, Phil Bernard contributes his opinions of a provocative work by Margaret Wertheim.

Virtual Addiction
Our second book review is by Katherine Schneider. In her opinion, Virtual Addiction is an interesting book, filled with some good information for "Internet addicts" and/or the people who work with them.

Cornell University's On-Line Event Planning and Risk Management System
Our first Product Review by Joseph Scaffido, deals with the applied use of FilemakerPro to student affairs administration, as Cornell moves their event planning & risk management system on-line.

Internet Rights and Responsibilities - Computer Affairs: A Booming Profession
In Internet Rights and Responsibilities - Computer Affairs: A Booming Profession, Rodney Petersen discusses this evolving area of student affairs practice and outlines a few elements of a good "computer affairs" program.

Websites Worth Visiting
To supplement a growing list of online resources and links within articles, we will ask different recognized scholars and/or practitioners to share their favorite Internet sites. Our first respondent is John Schuh.

Stuart Brown's efforts in this area began long before this e-magazine. He provides an update on the, which is another resource for practitioners.

Take the Guesswork Out of Conducting Interviews
Increasing numbers of students and staff are using the Internet to search from jobs. Melissa Edeburn of the College and University Personnel Association, helps potential employers to Take the Guesswork Out of Conducting Interviews

The "Pay Back" Site
Finally, in the theory-to-practice tradition, I offer a case study scenario to use with students and staff as an educational tool. A summary of readers' responses will be provided in a future edition of Student Affairs Online.