Phyllis L. Mable
Phyllis L. Mable, 78, died on May 9, 2012 in Washington, DC, her residence since 2001.
Ms. Mable was born February 13, 1934 in Delhi, NY. She completed her B.S. in Home Economics, Child Development, and Family Relationships at Cornell University in 1956. She went on to earn her M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Indiana University in 1959, and attended the Institute for Education Management at Harvard University in 1985.
Ms. Mable spent her entire career in education. Her first job was teaching nursery school in Winnetka, Illinois. From there, she worked as a Resident Assistant in graduate school and spent the first twenty years of her career in college residential life, holding various positions at the University of Florida and Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1982, she accepted the position of Vice President of Student Affairs at Longwood University, a position she held until her retirement in 2001.
Ms. Mable was not only dedicated to students, but also to the profession of student affairs. She served as President of the American College Personnel Association from 1979-1980 and President of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) from 1989-2001. Ms. Mable was the first Executive Director of CAS, a position she held from 2001 until her death in 2012. She is the co-editor of three professional books on the educational role of college residence halls. ACPA honored Ms. Mable with the Annuit Coeptis Award(1981), as a Senior Scholar Diplomate (1987), the Esther Lloyd-Jones Professional Service Award (1983), and in 2003 she was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Mable was recognized as an ACPA Foundation Diamond Honoree Recipient and as a Pillar of the Profession by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Foundation.
In addition to Ms. Mable’s many professional accomplishments, she was a dedicated friend, enjoying nightly dinner dates, visits to the Kennedy Center, Broadway shows, and travels to friends around the globe. She spread her message of “living, loving, learning, and leaving a legacy.”
Ms. Mable is survived by her extended loving family in Delhi, New York, “nephew” Drew Hudson from Annapolis, Maryland, thousands of beloved friends, and countless admiring colleagues. She was “Aunt Phyllis” to many generations of the children of her dear friends.
Memorial services are being arranged for members of Phyllis’ many communities, including ACPA:
ACPA: College Student Educators International Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada
March 4, 2013, from 8-10p.m.
In further recognitions of the legacy of Phyllis, memorial donations may be made to the Phyllis Mable Citizen Leadership Award Fund at Longwood University or the ACPA Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute Fund.
Donations for the Phyllis Mable Citizen Leadership Award may be sent to: University Advancement, Longwood University, 201 High St., Farmville, VA 23909. Checks should be made payable to “Longwood University Foundation.”
Donations for the ACPA Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute may be sent to: ACPA – College Student Educators International, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036. Check should be made payable to the “ACPA Mable Institute.”
In addition, the Phyllis L. Mable Collection is being established at the National Student Affairs Archives at Bowling Green State University. Archivist Ann Bowers invites her papers, correspondence, and other mementos for this collection. If you have photographs, correspondence, speeches, or professional papers, you may send them to Ann Bowers, National Student Affairs Archives, Center for Archival Collections, Jerome Library, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, 419.372.2413, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions, condolences, or wishes can be sent to email@example.com.
CAS honors Dr. Susan R. Komives for her service as the ACPA Director to the CAS Board (2004-2012) and for her role as President of CAS (2008-2011).
Dr. Laura Dean (right) presents a resolution of appreciation at the CAS Board meeting, April 22, 2012 in Baltimore.
Announcements, Events, Updates
Dr. Susan Komives, CAS Past President, was awarded the 2012 ACPA Lifetime Achievement Award.
The ACPA Lifetime Achievement Award honors a member who has a recognized level of scholarly productivity and leadership at one or more institutions of higher learning as a Student Affairs’ staff member, administrator, or faculty member. Honorees have a minimum of two decades or other exhibited long-term involvement and service to the field of Student Affairs over an extended period of time.
CAS Endorses the Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability in Higher EducationPosted on March 15, 2012, tagged in the category of Announcements, Updates
As postsecondary education becomes ever more important both for the economy and democracy, institutions must take the lead in ensuring that college degrees reflect a high level of student achievement. With growing national attention on college cost and quantity of degrees awarded, U.S. higher education must broaden that dialogue to focus directly on quality. And the critical conversations must be had on campuses.
A new publication from the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability, Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education, provides a roadmap for discussing educational quality and taking action to improve it. The publication is endorsed by twenty-seven national higher education organizations, including CAS, but we are seeking to expand this group and invite your organization to also endorse it individually.
A true focus on quality requires everyone on college and university campuses — presidents and chancellors, faculty members, academic and student affairs administrators, and students — to work together to answer the question “Are our students learning?” As you know, students are engaged in a range of activities while in college, many of these outside the classroom, so it is imperative that we assess learning across the entire institution. I encourage you to advocate for not only demonstrating this contribution, but to also advocate for everyone across an institution to working towards the same institutional outcomes and assessing them at all levels.A complimentary copy of Committing to Quality is available here and hard copies may be requested here. I ask that you share this publication with your members and ask them to discuss and use it. Should your organization choose to endorse it individually, along with CAS, please contact me. An updated list of endorsers will be maintained on the Alliance’s website and we will include all new endorsers in the next printing of this publication.
Thank you for supporting Committing to Quality as a part of the Council for the Advancement of Standards. I hope that your organization will be able to do so individually as well.
By: Zaneeta E. Daver, Associate Director
New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability
1025 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036
p. 202.828.1261 | f. 202.857.9799 | e. zaneeta@
ACPA: College Student Educators International
Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute
The George Washington University, Washington, DC
June 3 – 5, 2012
To address the knowledge and skills emerging professionals desire as they collectively serve thousands of collegians on a daily basis, the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) has created the Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute. With an estimated 55% of ACPA members currently identified as entry-level professionals, and 40% with less than five years of experience in student affairs work, this institute will bring unique opportunities for growth and development.
The Institute is named in honor of Ms. Mable, a highly respected leader in Student Affairs for the past four decades. She served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Longwood University (Virginia), and Executive Director of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. Phyllis Mable served as ACPA President from 1979-80.
The Institute will include several mentoring opportunities and one-on-one interactions with resident faculty and small group facilitators. Institute participation is limited to 50 participants. Continuing Education Credits are available.
* Focused discussions on the complexities of working within the campus community.
* High interaction in a learning environment with presentations, case studies, discussions, and small group work with Institute faculty.
* Skill enhancement sessions dedicated to:
* Understanding campus cultures – external and internal influences
* Finding your place within your organization\Having the difficult conversations
* Being a supervisee and supervisor
* Identifying additional needed knowledge and skill areas
* Giving and receiving effective feedback and performance appraisals
* Thinking about future career possibilities
* Participating in on-going professional development opportunities
Institute Information: www2.myacpa.org/professional-development/home/2269
CAS congratulates Dr. Bonita Jacobs on her appointment as president of North Georgia College and State University. In 2005, Dr. Jacobs and her team at the University of North Texas were awarded the CAS Ted K. Miller Award.
CAS 2005 Ted K. Miller
Achievement of Excellence Award
Jan Arminio (center) presenting the award to the University of North Texas, Denton. Bonita Jacobs (left) and Jan Hillman (right) were present to receive the award.
CAS President Dr. Susan R. Komives (right) recognized Dr. Barbara Jacoby upon her retirement from 31 years of continuous service on CAS as a Director from the National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs. Dr. Jacoby served as the first and only chair of the nominating committee throughout her service. Dr. Jacoby was recognized at the April 2011 Board Meeting in Washington, D.C.
The National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students is now a CAS member association.
Parent and Family Programs and Services
Adopted in April, 2010, this standard and a Self-Assessment Guide with this standard is available as a pdf download on the CAS Online Store site.