Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education
College of Education and Educational Technology
Reviews current research in instructional practices, motivational techniques, and professional issues. May focus on any of these aspects of teaching, learning, or professional practice. May be presented with a kindergarten through grade twelve, elementary, middle school, secondary, or adult orientation. Offered only for continuous professional development and may not be applied toward a graduate degree. Prerequisite: Appropriate teaching certificate or other professional credential or preparation.
Growth and trends in higher education with emphasis on the twentieth century. In addition to the traditional modes of postsecondary education, continuing education programs, community colleges, and adult education will also be examined. A secondary focus will be the evolving role of student affairs.
Overview of student affairs work in higher education, highlighting functional areas of student affairs, organization, philosophy, and the role of the services applied to the institution and the profession.
Designed to expose students to a variety of theoretical models underlying human behavior and development. Through presentations, demonstrations, small group discussions, experiential activities, readings, and position papers, students evaluate the practical applications of contemporary personality and human development theories.
Provides an overview of student development theories and the student development model. Includes the application of assessment, goal setting, intervention strategies, environmental management, and evaluation in higher education settings. Explores issues such as changing sex roles, sexual identity, life planning, and needs of special student groups.
An overview of the fundamental principles of tests, assessment, and evaluation as they pertain to student affairs. Statistical measurement concepts, methodological principles in survey research, instrumentation for developmental and environmental assessment in student affairs, outcomes assessment, and program evaluation issues will be explored. Prerequisites: SAHE 621, SAHE 624, and SAHE 625.
Provides the graduate student an opportunity to examine areas of content related to the study of student affairs (technology, academic governance, small colleges, and the community college) in higher education that have an impact on the student affairs profession and the work of practitioners.
An overview of the issue of cultural pluralism in higher education. Encourages the development of culturally effective student affairs practitioners who will promote cross-cultural understanding among college students. Examines the projected demographic realities for the groups traditionally termed “minority” and explores notions of culture, oppression, marginalization, racial identity, and multicultural organizations. Exposure to these issues will occur in both the theoretical and personal realms with student introspection and participation intended as key features of the course.
Participants explore their interpersonal interaction style in groups and individually. Human potential of the students is developed as they enter into authentic, honest, and trusting relationships within the context of a small-group experience, encouraging an examination and understanding of oneself and one’s impact on others.
A supervised study and/or work experience of at least 150 hours with an institution of higher education or an appropriate professional association determined individually between the student and the supervising faculty member. Sites must be approved by the department. Prerequisite: Permission only.
Emphasizes the legal environments of postsecondary institutions, legal processes and analyses, and problems incurred in the administration of colleges and universities. Addresses legal issues confronted by student affairs practitioners, how to recognize these issues, and how to act within the parameters of the law. Prerequisite: None
Explores the intersection of spirituality with the learning, growth, and development that takes place as a function of participating in higher education. Addresses questions about the historical and current role of faith and spiritual development in higher education, various dimensions of religious and spiritual expressions and traditions in higher education, and how colleges and universities incorporate spirituality as a function of higher education. Prerequisites: Admission to the SAHE program or permission of instructor.
Affords the student an opportunity to gain practical experience in dealing with theories of his/her specialties. Includes one or two semesters in one of the student affairs offices at IUP or another institution under the leadership of a departmental director or coordinator.
Teaches managerial concepts and skills for managing student personnel programs or services. Concepts covered include the Process School of Management, Situational Leadership, Ethics, and Management Theory models.
Practical experience in skilled helping techniques, including practice in one-on-one interaction, skill in designing and implementing developmental group intervention (workshops), and skill in developing mentoring relationships. Students apply theoretical learning into practical application. Prerequisites: SAHE 621, SAHE 624, SAHE 625, and SAHE 631.
Examines the culture of undergraduate students in American higher education to prepare professionals for the clients they will serve. Focuses on the changing student clientele and its subgroups and cultures. Undergraduate characteristics, attitudes and values, and broad issues regarding their participation in the educational experience are explored.
Introduces students to a variety of current issues in higher education that have a dramatic impact for students, the student affairs profession, and the work of student affairs administrators. Strategies to address major issues are discussed.
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