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CarterPLHE7006-8Leadership in Student AffairsPeggy CarterNorthcentral University
CarterPLHE7006-8The field of Student affairs can often be described as an ever-changing environment. Inthe next few years, the hierarchy of campus administrations could observe some change with theapproaching retirement of the Baby Boomer generation [ CITATION Rob17 \l 1033 ]. Thischange will impact staff, campus communities, and stakeholders of the institution. As this newgeneration assumes these roles it is imperative, they have the leadership and management skillsto succeed. Higher education has become a need for individual economic opportunity andAmerica’s appeal in the global economy as the higher education culture is no longer just for theprivileged [ CITATION Por16 \l 1033 ].Student affairs professionals are facing some of the most difficult times in highereducation. Some of these difficulties include a huge increase in diversity of students seekinghigher education; technology expansion, accountability for institutional responsibility andstudent outcomes; decreased financial resources, along with the increase in tuition and more thanever students attending with mental health issues [ CITATION Por16 \l 1033 ].As the student population increases with more diversity and students are entering with anincrease in mental health issues student affairs is posed with the challenge of exactly what is thestudents need and how to achieve a successful outcome for the student. There is a stigmatismassociated with the term mental illness, that scares both administrators and faculty within post-secondary education. The purpose of this paper is to focus on the leadership of student affairspersonnel as they deal with students with mental health concerns with limited resources.
CarterPLHE7006-8Student Affairs LeadershipProblem solver, conflict resolution, and confronting student issues are just part of atypical day in most student affairs departments. There is a stigma associated with students withmental issues on college campuses. Many people with mental illnesses face everyday challengesin achieving life goals, including stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination as barriers of bothperceived and personal stigma [ CITATION Kri15 \l 1033 ]. Student affairs leaders face trials inmeeting the needs of an increasingly diverse student body and fulfilling an expansiveinstitutional mission and to play significant responsibilities in the transformation of theenvironment and culture of the campus.The differences between today’s student and students within the past ten years in theincreased pressure of perfection that contribute to record numbers of panic attacks, panicdisorder and extreme levels of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder [ CITATION Dap11 \l1033 ]. With this pressure of being perfect, many students feel that revealing they have a mentalillness would make them seem less than perfect with their peers within the higher educationsetting. As students deal with more issues today such as gender issues, violence, life changes,

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Rodriguez
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