According to the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), a good practice in student affairs is to engage students in active learning. In order to complement the academic experience, Student Affairs strives to provide high quality learning opportunities such as professional speaker series, leadership workshops, residential learning communities, and daily access to three national newspapers. Additionally, Student Affairs creates opportunities for students to practically apply course material through high impact learning activities including, but not limited to, student leadership, peer mentoring, resident advising, collective decision making, service learning, and structured group experiences such as community service.
The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) notes that student populations today are becoming more diverse in regards to family configuration, socioeconomic status, time commitments, reason for enrollment, physical and intellectual characteristics, and level of pre-college preparation. Understanding that some UMSL students possess unique needs and responsibilities, which can adversely impact their academic experiences, Student Affairs provides our students with monitored study halls, disability support services, tutoring assistance, peer mentoring, social work-based services, access to discounted public transportation, personal advising, general study skills, academic goal setting, test-taking strategies, time management skills, and test anxiety reduction.
In alignment with the six best practices established by the National College Access Network (NCAN), Student Affairs promotes and encourages post-secondary education in the larger community by offering junior high and high school students college access and preparation programs including, but not limited to, ACT and SAT preparation, college admissions application assistance, experiential learning programs, financial aid workshops, speaker series, counseling-based support groups, college resource fairs, and informative campus tours.