Reimagining the Student Experience

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This is a title that I am very excited about exploring further with the staff I currently serve with.  Geared towards the Christian Higher Education professional, this text is structured for group study or graduate-level discussion. Jensen and Visser have gathered together a group of well-known voices from Christian Higher Ed to speak on various topics, from vocation in college to service-learning and the intersection of academics life and student affairs.

"Reimaging the Student Experience" is a timely addition to the conversation on navigating decreasing enrollment and institutional effectiveness and may help student affairs administrators reimagine their purpose at their various institutions.  Thank you to the editors for pulling this great text together at such a pivotal time in our field.
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I must admit from the outset that this book is not really in my wheelhouse. I'm not involved in an official capacity within student affairs at a Christian college or university. I did graduate from three of those types of schools however!

I found the topics of the chapters to be engaging enough to complete the book. There were times when not knowing all the background of someone within the discipline, I admit that I was a bit lost in the maze so to speak. Yet the issues in the chapters are not that far removed from my work as a campus minister at public universities for a denominational (Baptist Collegiate Ministries) entity. 

The overarching takeaway from the book for me was the perceived need to integrate academic and student affairs success in order for Christian colleges and universities to thrive in the years to come. Perhaps that is my takeaway and not the intended target for the editors. My experience of working with Christian students in a secular institution provided an outsiders look into this topic. If I have missed the mark, it is not a result of the work of the authors or editors but my own lack of direct experience in student affairs.

I'm not sure I am in a position to recommend this book to the intended audience, but I found the book to be engaging, well-written, thoughtfully articulated, and beneficial to one who works with students outside of the Christian higher education world. I can only image the benefit it will be for those who do live and work in that realm.
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** Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review **
Al haber cursado mis estudios de grado en una institución cristiana, estaba muy interesada en este libro. El libro me parece una importante herramienta, para quienes trabajan en dichas instituciones, para prepararse para el futuro, si no para el ahora mismo. Tienen una interesante visión de los problemas, los desafíos que se les plantean a dichas instituciones, y brindan en esta obra recursos para quienes se desempeñan en las mismas.
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Jensen and Visser provide a text that has valuable questions for what it means to be an institution based on faith and aimed at helping students improve their lives.  This book provides the basis for a valuable academic evaluation.  What frightens me most for potential readers is the trap of thinking that a faith-based insitution has arrived and has no room for further work.  Jensen and Visser stoke conversation about what it means to move forward and I would recommend this book as an adminstrative and faculty read to be approached with open eyes for areas to improve.
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