Alicia Harper inspires students by helping them find their “why” at BCU. She hopes to positively impact their college experience by assisting with hurdles and confusion similar to her own challenges.
Originally from Hinton, IA, Alicia moved back to the area eight years ago to be closer to family. Alicia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child & Family Services from Iowa State University, a Master of Education in Higher Education, and a Student Affairs Administration emphasis from Iowa State University. After returning to the area, Alicia began working at BCU as an academic advisor.
“I chose Briar Cliff University because I love the relationships that I have built with students over the years,” says Alicia. “I look forward to helping students find their ‘why’ when they come here and hope to help them on their journey of having a successful college experience.”
Alicia is currently the Assistant Registrar at BCU. In this position, Alicia is involved in helping all BCU students stay on track to graduate in a timely manner. She also works with the athletic department to maintain student-athletes’ eligibility requirements.
“I help faculty, staff, and students to know the graduation requirements needed to graduate on time and with the degree that helps them move toward their future career goals,” says Alicia. “I have to stay updated on the NAIA eligibility requirements, and make sure that our student-athletes meet those requirements in order to be eligible for their sport.”
Apart from working in the registrar's office, Alicia teaches a Franciscan Values class every semester. This is a required class for all BCU students, typically first-year students. Alicia enjoys seeing the students develop a joyous understanding of the history of BCU and gain an appreciation for Saint Francis of Assisi.
From academic advisor to assistant registrar, Alicia works closely with students. She finds joy and excitement in watching students succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Alicia advises students to utilize the services offered on campus and to get involved in campus activities.
“Being involved is going to help you discover how valuable the campus community can be in your transition to college,” says Alicia.