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Research & Scholarship

At the annual meeting in 1925, the first research paper on student affairs was presented.  From that humble beginning, our Association has built a powerhouse of peer-reviewed publications and research into the trends of our own profession and impact and effectiveness of the programs and services our members provide.

Our journals represent the best in scholarship in our field.

The vision of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (JSARP) is to publish the most rigorous, relevant, and well-respected research and practice making a difference in student affairs practice. First published in 1963, JSARP aims to publish and make accessible the highest quality articles on research and practice in the student affairs field; expose the NASPA membership and JSARP readers to unique commentary and scholarship from multiple methodological forms and perspectives; support and encourage scholarly contributions from a wide variety of theoretical and conceptual frameworks.

Build and extend the literature and knowledge of the student affairs field.

Encourage and engage open and critical discourse within and across disciplines from the perspective of student affairs in higher education.

The NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education (NJAWHE) focuses on issues affecting all women in higher education: students; student affairs staff; faculty, and other administrative groups. Founded in 2008, the first issue of its eleventh volume was recently published.

The journal is published on behalf of NASPA, the foremost professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students, and is intended for both practitioners and researchers, and includes articles that focus on empirical research, pedagogy, and administrative practice. It is designed to increase interest in research about women faculty, students and administrators in higher education and to highlight current examples of this research. NJAWHE offers research reflecting a variety of paradigms and issues affecting women in higher education in all their diversity.


The Journal of College and Character  is a professional journal that examines how colleges and universities influence the moral and civic learning and behavior of students. The journal publishes scholarly articles and applied research on issues related to ethics, values, and character development in a higher education setting.

Founded in 2000 and published quarterly, the journal encourages the submission of manuscripts from around the world and from a wide range of academic and professional fields, including higher education, student affairs, psychology, religion, sociology, business, social work, philosophy, law, and education.

The journal audience includes faculty, administrators, graduate students, and practitioners in student services and campus ministry, as well as others engaged in research and practice in moral education in colleges and universities.



The NASPA Bookstore publishes several times a year and our books are found in graduate and undergraduate syllabi across the country. Currently over 50 titles are available.

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Independent and Collaborative Research

As student affairs professionalized as a field, NASPA led the way in creating crucial pieces of research to establish trends in the field and examine scale and impact of programs and practices. In addition, our series of Five Things Briefs summarized existing research and highlighted best practices recognized by experts in the field.

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Leadership Exchange - the premier periodical for student affairs

Leadership Exchange helps prepare vice presidents for student affairs for the most complex management challenges in higher education today. This quarterly magazine delivers expert news and analysis on the latest trends in student affairs, insider perspectives from leaders in higher education and management, and tips and tools for managing diverse staffs and an ever-expanding set of responsibilities. NASPA members have full access to the Leadership Exchange archives.