As the higher education sector continues to evolve, the vital work of advancing fairness has become more complex. Changes in post-secondary funding and administrative models, the casualization of the academic workforce, the growth of consumer mentalities in education, increasing student demand for the variety and depth of services that colleges and universities provide, and other recent trends profoundly impact our work. The need for ombudspersons as multi-partial advocates for fairness has perhaps never been greater.
We are pleased to present to you the third edition of our online journal. In keeping with our 27-year tradition of writing about ombuds theory and practice, beginning in 1988 with our first printing, this issue continues to connect ombudspersons to their community through original research and case studies that inform our work.
We are honored to have Tom Sebok write for The Journal this year. He first wrote his reflections of a first year ombuds for The Journal in 1990 and, on the eve of his retirement, he shares his reflections in his last year of ombudsing. To see his first article, please click here.
This journal maintains its interactive design, and we are pleased to continue the Case Study feature from last year. It is our hope that this year’s contributions will incite productive dialogue on the ways in which we practice and think about ombudsing. As such, articles are open to comments to encourage discussion. As always, we look forward to the fruitful discussions at Asilomar.
Finally, we encourage your continued participation, both through Journal contributions and through commentary on articles and case studies.