Integrity is more than a proclamation in mission statements or a component of leadership training. Integrity is, as well, a test offered at any hour. Passing it is seldom rewarded, but failing it can ruin lives. Student affairs administrators must know what integrity requires in all its forms if they want to protect and expand the worth of higher education. Readers of this volume will learn how integrity affects the trustworthiness of their organizations and operations. They will have the opportunity to read about the highest goals and the best practices of leadership, as well as some practical strategies that can help them deal with challenges to organizational and individual integrity.
1. The Virtues of Organizational Integrity 5Robert B. YoungDivisions of student affairs must be structurally sound and orient their efforts to promote ethical change to the characteristics of different types of colleges and universities.
2. Integrity in Student Affairs Organizations 15Leonard BairdStudent affairs needs to create an environment in which students, staff, and administrators are accountable for their actions and policies, in order to deal with changing demands from stakeholders.
3. Promoting Integrity through Standards of Practice 27Susan R. Komives and Jan ArminioThe Council for the Advancement of Standards can help administrators understand, assess, and maintain the integrity of student affairs functions for accreditation and internal improvement.
4. Integrity in Transactional Leadership 35Thomas MillerStudent affairs administrators need to conduct their transactions with students in clear, consistent, honest, and open ways to maintain integrity.
5. Transformational Leadership, Integrity, and Power 45Laura M. HarrisonTransformational leadership is a valuable ideal, but student affairs administrators need to know how to negotiate complex political realities if they want to build institutional integrity.
6. Integrity in Student Development 53Dennis C. Roberts and Trudy W. BantaThe authors engage in a dialogue about theory and practice, and promote assessment as a means to improve the integrity of student development.
7. Teaching Integrity 67Sue Saunders and Jennifer Lease ButtsIntegrity can be an important element in professional preparation programs and in continuing professional education.
8. Give In or Get Out? Responding to Professional Challenges 79Robert B. YoungThe author presents themes from interviews with several student affairs administrators about challenges to their integrity.
9. Gone With the Wind? Integrity and Hurricane Katrina 89Frances Lucas and Brit KatzThe past president and vice president of student affairs describe how they tried to maintain the integrity of Millsaps College in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.