Bridging the Chasm – Connecting Academic and Student Affairs

In a recent reading assignment, my classmates and myself were introduced to the concept that a “chasm” exists on university and college campuses everywhere. That chasm is the distinctly different areas of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. While I have heard horror stories about such a chasm, I personally have never experienced it within my own professional or student experience but I do believe that it exists in some fashion because that is just the nature of both fields. Like Bolman and Deal describe the four frames of looking at an organization, Academic and Student Affairs view the educational journey from two different assumptions and biases. This makes it critical for us, regardless of which frame we natural are drawn, to take a set back and consider new and alternative possibilities, take risks, and most importantly assess and improve. This idea of course will not take off and be 100% the first time and in fact it may take millions of tries to get it right, but bridging this chasm will ensure that the institution is producing students that have a greater understanding of both their subject matter of choice and transferable skills and knowledge for producing a better future.

“There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day”


Digital Me

Using social media isn’t a new concept to me, I started using Facebook my sophomore year of high school with the stipulation that I had to have my mom as a friend so that she could monitor my activity. We are still friends in case you’re curious but we have had to have several talks bout sending friend requests to everyone I add, liking posts and pictures that I’m tagged in and asking before posting embarrassing pictures for all the world to see. This relationship is also how I view my digital presence. Most would say that I’m over protective considering that I don’t post about every little detail of my life and that I only share moments and approve posts that I want seen by the world. I have tried joining other social media like Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and now blogging through word press. For some of these I’m super active on because the intent is very similar to that of my Facebook existence but for others, mainly Twitter and Word Press, I’m struggling because I do not always know where the line between to much updating and personal intervention truly is. I do hope to however start blogging more about my experiences and life from this point on.

Feel free to follow me on my journey.

Instagram: @cbombara

Twitter: @cbombara5

See you soon and don’t be surprised if I follow back to see your journey!