Coffee with Kevin

with Kevin Kruger

About This Course

NASPA has launched a new online offering exclusively for vice presidents for student affairs. Coffee with Kevin provides NASPA member VPSAs with the opportunity to engage in a virtual environment with Kevin and his invited guests in informal but focused discussion on topics of importance to institutional leaders. Participation is limited to vice presidents for student affairs and there is no fee to participate. Pour yourself a cup of your favorite workday beverage and join Kevin for a lively discussion about pressing and emerging issues in student affairs and higher education.

To register for any of the sessions below, click "Take This Course" from above. Be sure to register for all three if you'd like updates about later sessions. If you decide later you want to change your registration by adding or removing dates, see below for detailed instructions.

Original Air Date Topic

April 25, 2019

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

The Secret to a Successful 45-year Career in Student Affairs

This summer, after 45 years of service at the University of Maryland, Linda Clement will retire from her current role as vice president for student affairs. During her lengthy tenure at Maryland, Linda served in a wide variety of leadership roles in addition to VPSA including director of orientation, director of admissions, and chief of staff to the president.

During this episode of Coffee with Kevin, NASPA President Kevin Kruger will engage Linda about changes in student affairs during the past number of decades, how to address the emerging gap between graduate preparation and the needs of the modern student affairs division, challenges connected with fraternity and sorority life and related FLS reform efforts, and her secrets to longevity and success in the field.

January 22, 2019

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Campus Racial Crises: Leadership Tests Like No Others

Regrettably, it is not a matter of “if” but rather “when” a vice president for student affairs will be called to lead during a campus racial incident. Our campuses have not been immune to the resurgence of overt racism in our nation, and campus communities are carefully scrutinizing leadership responses to some of the most difficult institutional crises that can possibly occur.

During this second session of Coffee with Kevin, Kevin will be joined by Sharon Fries-Britt, professor of higher education at the University of Maryland, College Park and co-author of the recently released ACE research report “Speaking Truth and Acting with Integrity: Confronting Challenges of Campus Racial Climate.” Kevin and his guest will review the report’s findings, offer guidance for navigating a campus racial crisis, and engage VPSA attendees in a discussion about the leadership challenges stemming from racial incidents on campus.

September 25, 2018

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Back to School Does Not Mean Business as Usual

During this premiere session of Coffee with Kevin, Kevin will forecast for vice presidents for student affairs the issues that will most significantly impact student affairs and higher education during the new academic year. He’ll have some suggestions about how institutional leaders can address the enduring and emerging challenges that face our institutions. He’ll also be joined by some guest VPSAs who will share their perspectives about the year ahead.

Accessing the Presentation

Once you complete your registration, you will be able to access the course by clicking on the "Login" button at the top of this page (or any page on

  • You will be asked to login with your NASPA user name and password. Once you have done so, you will hit continue and be redirected to your dashboard in the Online Learning Community.

  • You will find the session listed under "Enrolled."

  • Live session access information will be listed before the session has aired.

  • All sessions are recorded. Once the session is over, the recording will be available approximately one week after the air date. You may view the materials as many times as you'd like, at whatever pace you would like.

  • If you have any difficulty accessing the materials, please contact Jace Kirschner (

Updating your Registration

If after you register, you would like to add or remove session dates, please follow these steps:

  • Click on "Take this Course" above.
  • Log in using your NASPA username and password (if you are not already logged in).
  • Click "Manage Registration."
  • Select "Edit Existing," then on your name when it appears, and then "Next."
  • Check or uncheck session dates based on your availability, and then select "Checkout."

Detailed instructions (with screenshots) for accessing the Online Learning Community and the session files, as well as updating your registration can be found in this handy document (.pdf).

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