Student Affairs Rising Professionals Program

The Rising Professionals Program (RPP) is a year-long career development experience designed to foster a diverse and inclusive team of Student Affairs professionals who are well-prepared to pursue an array of opportunities at colleges and universities throughout the country.  The program is tailored to entry-level to mid-level professional staff (who don’t already have significant leadership roles), helping them learn and grow in preparation for the next steps in their careers—wherever their paths may take them. 

Program participants will:

  • Learn more about critical and emerging issues in student development and higher education from current leaders in the field, engaging in case studies, conversations, and workshops regarding student development, higher education finance, law/policy, assessment, and managing staff
  • Be introduced to key decision makers at UNC-Chapel Hill and other area colleges and universities
  • Partner with a senior leader UNC Student Affairs in a mentor-mentee relationship, through which they’ll develop and discuss a career action plan that connects their long and short-term goals with potential opportunities and networking relationships for professional advancement and growth

Curriculum Overview*

JulyAnnual Program Kick-Off and Cohort Welcome
• Introductions
• Overview of program
• Discussion of ethics/values in Student Development
AugustTwo sessions:
• Student Affairs in Practice Workshop: Case Study #1
• Mentor/Mentee Mtg. #1
SeptemberHigher Education Law and Policy Workshop
OctoberManaging and Mentoring Staff Workshop
NovemberTwo sessions:
• Student Affairs in Practice Workshop: Case Study #2
• Mentor/Mentee Mtg. #2
DecemberCoffee and Conversation:
Leading a World-Class Global Public University
JanuaryHigher Education Finance Workshop
FebruaryTwo sessions:
• Student Affairs in Practice Workshop: Case Study #3
• Mentor/Mentee Mtg. #3
MarchLearning Outcomes and Assessment Workshop
AprilCoffee and Conversation:
Lessons Learned in Leading a Student Affairs Division at a Private University
MayCoffee and Conversation:
Lessons Learned in Leading a Student Affairs Division at a Public University
June• Mentor/Mentee Mtg. #4
• Graduation Event

*Subject to change based on presenter availability

Online Application

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