Charles Schroeder


Charles Schroeder received his B.A. (Psychology and History) and M.A. (Psychology) degrees from Austin College and his doctorate (Education, 1972) from Oregon State University. For over three decades, he served as the Chief Student Affairs Officer at Mercer University, Saint Louis University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU). In 2001, he was appointed a Professor of Higher Education in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Department at the University of Missouri. Following his retirement from MU, Schroeder became a Senior Executive at Noel-Levitz, a national higher education consulting firm from 2004-2006. In 2007 he completed a one year appointment as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs at North Georgia College and State University. He currently serves as a part-time Senior Associate Consultant for Ruffalo-Noellevitz specializing in retention and student success strategies and interventions. In this role he has served over four dozen institutions. In addition, he provides pro bono consultations to Methodist Colleges interested in improving retention and degree completion. Thus far he has served 35 schools in this capacity.

 He has assumed various leadership roles in the American College Personnel Association, including Treasurer, Chairperson of Commission III and two terms as President (1988-1989 and 1993-1994).  He is the founder and Past-President of the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation.  In 1996, Dr. Schroeder was recognized by ACPA for his contributions to higher education by being honored as the recipient of the Esther Lloyd-Jones Professional Service Award.  He was also named a Senior Scholar of the association. In 2001 he received ACPA’s Contribution to Knowledge Award. Most recently, he received the Association` Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual conference in Houston Texas in 2018.

 Dr. Schroeder has published over 90 articles and chapters in various refereed journals and books.  He edited (with Phyllis Mable) Realizing the Educational Potential of Residence Halls, published by Jossey-Bass in 1994.  He was instrumental in creating the seminal document “The Student Learning Imperative:  Implications for Student Affairs (SLI).”  Schroeder is the founder and first Executive Editor of About Campus:  Enriching the Student Learning Experience, published bi-monthly by Jossey-Bass/ Wiley.  He served as the guest editor for a special edition of the Journal of College Student Development (1995) that focused on student learning. He participated in the creation of a new document, “Principles of Good Practice in Student Affairs,” published by ACPA and NASPA. In 2002, 2003 and 2004 he was awarded the “High Flyer Award” by the College of Education for excellence in graduate teaching. He served as a researcher on two national initiatives: Project DEEP (Documenting Effective Educational Practices) sponsored by the National Survey of Student Engagement and Institutions of Excellence in the First Year of College sponsored by the Policy Center on the First Year of College. He contributed to Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter (with George Kuh) and co-authored with John Gardner and others, Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the First-Year of College, both published by Jossey-Bass in 2005. He contributed two chapters to Reframing Retention Strategy for Institutional Improvement (2013) edited by David Kalsbeek and published by Jossey-Bass. His most recent book (with Leo Lambert, Peter Felten, John Gardner and Betsy Barefoot), The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing on What Matters Most will be published in the spring of 2016 by Jossey-Bass / Wiley.

 His current professional interests include: student engagement; reform of undergraduate education; designing learning communities; applying service excellence principles; facilitating partnerships between student and academic affairs; improving retention and completion rates; and, innovative approaches to assessment. Dr. Schroeder is a frequent keynote and featured speaker at state, regional and national professional conferences delivering over 200 major presentations in the past 40 years.

 He and his wife Barbara have two children, Jay and Jill, and five grandchildren. He is avid outdoorsmen who enjoys back packing and hiking in the Rocky Mountains, float fishing in S.W. Alaska and rock and ice climbing in the U.S. and South America.

You can reach him at schroeder@jngi.org.