Partners in the Promise of Higher Education

Keynote Speaker


Carney Strange is Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University (OH) where he served as a graduate faculty member from 1978-2012. With a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, he taught courses focusing on student development in post secondary education, the design and impact of college and university environments, spiritual dimensions of student development, and methods of constructivist qualitative research. He is a co-author/editor of five books: Involving Colleges (1991), Educating by Design (2001), Achieving Student Success: Effective Student Services in Canadian Higher Education (2010), Designed for Learning: Creating Colleges and Universities of Consequence (forthcoming), and Serving Diverse Students in Canadian Higher Education (forthcoming)


An ACPA-College Student Educator-International Senior Scholar and a National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Faculty Fellow, Strange has been selected respectively as a Diamond Honoree (1999) and a Pillar of the Profession (2006) for each organization. In addition, he received the 2010 ACPA College Student Educators-International Contribution to Knowledge Award. He has 20+ years experience as a college and university trustee, first at Saint Meinrad College (IN) and more recently at Saint Xavier University (IL). 

His crowning achievement though has been as companion to his life partner for thirty-nine years, the farmer’s daughter/creative photographer named Dorothyann, and as guide, guru, and goat to three young adults – Julia (33), a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Uzbekistan, 2003-2005) now serving as a Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Programmer for the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C.; Martin (30), an Iraq War veteran U.S. Marine Corporal and private security contractor in Afghanistan, now pursuing a career in Wildlife Resource Management; and Clare (27), a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Dominican Republic, 2010-2012), now a medical social worker serving clients living with AIDS in Harlem, New York City. 


Strange's keynote is titled “Reaching Across the Student Learning Divide: Is There an App for That?” 

Becoming partners in the promise of higher education requires a radical revision of how we define student learning and our role in supporting it on campus. Is there really an app for that? Yes, and you might be surprised to know that student affairs has been using it already for quite some time. Come ready to think differently about your day-to-day work with students and how you can be the critical link in making the college experience work.a

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