COMPILED BY OLGA RYBALKINA
While some believe that student affairs is largely “an American phenomenon,” the focus on the holistic development of the learner is evident in higher education institutions worldwide. Approaches to fostering this development have differed significantly based on various historical, cultural, and socioeconomic conditions.
During the 20th century, the field of student affairs and student support services experienced an unprecedented transformation into a multi-layered organizational structure and a targeted area of scholarly inquiry.
In effect, student affairs was on its way to becoming a recognized profession in higher education. Throughout
the 80s, 90s and the first decade of the 21st century, student services continued to develop rapidly in many
different countries. Today, student development professionals regularly share knowledge and experience across
international borders and learn from colleagues in other countries, sharing creative solutions, discussing universal challenges, and offering lessons on resilience and best practices in student learning and support.