Greetings from NCSD!
Welcome to the National Council on Student Development. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am happy to provide you with both a welcome and a challenge. The challenge is for you to become involved with NCSD, the only organization solely dedicated to serving the needs of student development professionals in community colleges.
NCSD has a lot to offer to you:
- The 2012 Annual Conference, this year being held in Louisville, Kentucky and entitled “Hitting it Out of the Park”, provides timely workshops delivered by your peers, keynote speakers who are leaders in their field, and most importantly, an opportunity for you meet and network with your peers from around the country. The 2013 Annual Conference is scheduled for Tampa, Florida.
- The Community College Student Development Leadership Institute is designed to nurture participants for career advancement in Student Development. Using a “Great Teacher’s Retreat” approach, four distinguished chief student development officers will facilitate this intensive training program. The Institute will provide an exciting opportunity for participants to share ideas, engage in critical discourse and learn from each other while preparing to meet the challenges facing our profession.
- Throughout the year NCSD sponsors webinars that bring nationally known speakers and ideas to you campus.
We in Student Development face some real tough challenges in the near future. The President’s Completion Agenda has many direct implications for our field. Budget cuts at many community colleges are often felt first in our areas, but yet we continue to provide students with a high level of service. We do so because we know what we do for students is vital to their success.
I firmly believe each of us in Student Development must understand our role in the educational success of each student. We are educators and without us, students will not succeed. Our profession must work together to support ideals that make Student Development such a great place to work.
Finally, I wish to thank the Board of Directors for their time, hard work, wisdom and support of this great organization. Each Board member is a full time college administrator who still finds time to serve NCSD on a volunteer basis.
Please contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns. And yes, compliments are also accepted.
Daniel R. Herbst
2012-2013 NCSD President.