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Careers in Student Affairs

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Hung Mai

on 22 January 2013

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Hung Mai Exploring Careers in Student Affairs When did student affairs become a "thing?" But what is student affairs today? LeBaron Russell Briggs
Harvard University, 1890 "in loco parentis" What did they do? Caroline McNeill
Queen's University, 1918 What about Canada? The VRA provided:
choice of vocational training or university
full tuition costs
$60 monthly living allowance + supplemental payments for dependents
annual grant of $150 per veteran to the university Sudden demand Aboriginal student services
academic advising
acessibility/disability services
career development/advising
community relations
diversity/equity programs
enrolment management
financial aid/awards
health care
health and wellness promotion Waaaaaay back in the day... Alice Freeman Palmer
University of Chicago, 1892 discipline
enforce moral standards
protect the women
monitor/control student behaviour The Dean of Women

... lived in residence with women students and supervised them directly, making and enforcing rules about such things as curfers, late-leaves, and visitors. The Dean also made rules for women who lived off-campus, supervising how they dressed ... and their choice of housing (no unsupervised apartments, no boarding houses with men, no boarding houses that had not been personally approved by the Dean)

- Queen's Encyclopedia Veteran's rehabilitation Act, 1945 Results: 50,000 veterans (5% of those who served in WWII) received university allowances
70,000 received vocational allowances
Total university enrollment of 35,000/year from 1930-1945 doubled in 1947. Lemieux & Card
Education, Earnings, and the "Canadian G.I. Bill"
Working Paper
1998 housing/residence life
international mobility
international student services
judicial affairs/student conduct
leadership development
learning support and strategies
mentorship programs
first year experience
safety and security
service learning
student communications What's the common link? "The primary purpose of Student Services is to develop programs and provide services which support and promote student-centred education. Student Services professionals have expertise in assessing and identifying factors that can enhance the development of students. Student Services personnel act as informed partners in the shared tasks of shaping and maintaining a campus community where students can learn inside and outside the classroom" CACUSS Mission of Student Services, 1989 So you want a job in student affairs? Most people follow one of two options ... Postings occur all year, but the peak period is January - May
Entry level positions have fairly consistent annual turnover
Housing / reslife jobs tend to be the most abundant No specialized graduate programs in Canada, but several faculties of education have PS education programs (Memorial, UBC, Calgary, Manitoba, OISE/UofT)

130 master's and 60 doctoral student affairs programs in the United States
Governed by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) to ensure minimum standards for every master's program and to prepare graduates to work in a wide variety of functional areas Stay here in Canada Venture down to the US Some important highlights Degree programs are two years long
All programs include minimum 300 hours of supervised practice
Faculty tend to be student affairs professionals themselves
Institutions must provide career assistance
$$$? What do I learn in grad school? Curriculum: Foundational studies
history, philosophy, values and their application to current practice

Professional studies
(a) student development theory
(b) student characteristics and effects of college on students
(c) individual/group interventions
(d) organization and administration of student affairs
(e) assessment, evaluation, and research

300 hours of supervised practice, on-site
at least two distinct experiences Resources http://www.naspa.org/career/default.cfm



http://oacuho.com or http://acuho-i.org

http://universityaffairs.ca Story Time! So What Next? BE PROACTIVE!
determine your passions, interests, and priorities
start polishing your resume
write the GRE
start researching grad schools
start researching institutions
network (consider conferences)
research trends in post-secondary education What Should I Be Learning? ACUHO-I Core Competencies Broken down by different functional areas in housing operations
Further broken down into the following functions:
direct service
strategy & policy http://www.acuho-i.org/AboutUs/CoreCompetencies/tabid/1087/Default.aspx NASPA Professional Competency Areas advising and helping
assessment, evaluation and research
equity, diversity, and inclusion
ethical professional practice
history, philosophy, and values human and organizational resources
law, policy, and governance
personal foundations
student learning and development http://www.naspa.org/programs/profdev/default.cfm Contemporary Trends in Canadian Student Affairs Strategic Enrolment Management
Co-Curricular Integration
(Mental) Health & Wellness
Physical Environments
Distance Learning
Assessment and Evidence-Based Planning
Information Technology Contemporary Trends in Canadian Postsecondary Education Aboriginal education
Access, diversity, and inclusion
The globalization of higher education
Student Engagement
Accountability 24 October 2012
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