Ellen Weiss Phelps
Study of the internal administration and organization of four-year colleges and universities with emphases on practice and theory. Instruction largely by the case or problem method.
In this course we will explore theories of college student development, their linkages with research, and how both inform our practice as professionals in higher education. We will examine theories that focus on college impact and student outcomes as well as those that concentrate on cognitive, psychosocial, and moral development. We will carefully reflect upon those theories that emphasize establishing identity. We will also consider typology theories, which look at the fit between the characteristics of the student and the institutional environment.
Student learning goals
To gain a deeper understanding of major student development theories and emerging writings.
To become better informed and more critical consumers of theory and research claims.
To become aware of and appraise our own personal theories of student growth and development.
To observe how theory informs practice in real settings.
General method of instruction
graduate status or permission of instructor
Class assignments and grading
There will be two short written assignments: an annotated bibliography and a reflective paper. There will also be two seminar reports: one in which students will work in groups to identify theories that best explain the experience of a student sub-population to be chosen by their group, and one in which students will work individually to evaluate an office or service within the student affairs function and infer how theory informs the practices within that office or service.
Your grade in this course will be based upon the following: 1. Your prepared participation in class discussions (20%) 2. Your written critical review of articles (20%) 3. Your identity theory seminar report (20%) 4. Your student affairs analysis seminar report (20%) 5. Your performance on the reflective culminative exercise (20%)