STUDENT AFFAIRS SIDE OF THE ENTERPRISE By: Group 5 Members— Vafa Gasimova, Eric Hopfensperger, Tomeco Hubbard, Henry Salley, Camelia Sanderlin
STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ITS IMPACT ON THE STUDENT The relationship between the college environment and the student is reciprocal and dynamic (Dey & Hurtado, pp. 81-82). Students begin a cognitive progression when entering different facets of student affairs. Socialization occurs when the student becomes more involved with their environment (Weidman, pp 114-135).
COLLEGE STUDENT THEORIES
College Impact Models
Refers to the changes associated with between and within college effects on students.
Focuses on the source of the change ( programs, groups, or services offered).
The Undergraduate Socialization
Developed by John C. Weidman arguing that to fully understand the student you must understand the collegiate impact.
Model focuses on individual student and the groups or membership that influence the individual.
Model represents three socializing influences that students experience:
Student Background Characteristics
Parental Socialization/Non- College Reference Groups
STUDENT AFFAIRS DEPARTMENTS AND THEIR DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS
Informing prospective students about the institution, its programs and accepting, and screening applicants
Admitting students through policies established by the faculty, president, governing board, or state legislature
Maintaining active communications with high schools, community colleges, community agencies, alumni groups, professional testing associations, parents and other interested individuals
Operating on a centralized level, but decentralized services also possible
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Assisting students in getting acquainted with the history, traditions, educational programs, academic requirements and student life of the institution
Mostly focused on registration, finances, housing, as well as involving parents, community leaders, faculty and student leaders
Emphasis on student development and enhancing the first year experiences of students
Issues likely to be addressed in the future - linking orientation to the academic program and working on the actual content of orientation programs
Keeping the official academic records of current and former students
Realizing student enrollment for the academic courses and publishing the official schedules of courses for the institution
Sometimes linked with admissions, orientation or student financial aid
Future issues to be addressed in this area – how technology can best serve institutions and students and the legal status of student records
Helping students with educational expenses
Providing student support – loans, scholarships, grants and student employment
Student financial aid staff duties – 1. assessing student financial needs and making decisions about student aid packages; 2. working with government agencies, banks, loan guarantee agencies, parents, corporate and individual donors; 3. assisting students with their personal financial planning while in college
Linked with admissions, retention and registration
Future issues in the area - linking financial aid to the college’s academic goals and privatization of services
The center is to assist students to define and accomplish personal and academic goals which are congruent with the overall mission statement of the university.
Help students with their personal development and everyday problems.
Engage in outreach activities with other campus offices.
Assist students in gaining an understanding of self, interests, abilities, values, and needs
Help determine occupational or career goals
Teach students strategies on how to attain employment
ACADEMIC ADVISING AND SUPPORT SERVICES
Aid students in developing educational plans.
Plan programs to reflect student’s abilities and interests.
Refer students to institutional resources that will help with their educational development.
Depending on size of institution determines if faculty or trained professionals are in charge of this department.
Help in efforts to reduce retention rates
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COLLEGE UNIONS AND STUDENT ACTIVITIES OFFICE
Campus hub for students, alumni, faculty, staff and visitors
Sometimes separate departments
Oversee a variety of items; programming, student organizations, co-curricular activities
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
Co-curricular student development
Not typically a separate office from Student Activities, but becoming more so lately
Fosters partnerships between the campus, faculty, and the surrounding community
Provide students with healthy, clean, safe and educationally supportive living environment that complements the academic mission of the institution.
Assist in the orientation to college life
Interpret university policies, rules and objectives to the students.
Help in the development of individuality
Provide opportunity of faculty-student contacts outside the classroom.
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Improve the success of students with disabilities and learning problems.
Serve an advocacy role when discussing policies and procedures affecting students with disabilities
Work to improve physical conditions on the campus and in the community.
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES AND FOOD SERVICES
To give medical knowledge and assistance to students, faculty, and staff
May be linked to an academic department
Wide variety of food service provided
From vending machines to full service
Institution operated to private contract
Both are not always part of student affairs
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES
Assisting international students with travelling, orientation, financial aid, registration, housing, counseling, and student adjustment to campus and community
Responsible for study abroad programs, foreign visitors and international student organizations existing on the campus
Issues to be addressed in this arena – financial support, tuition, relations with US students, and immigration policies
Sometimes part of academic affairs or international programs division
STUDENT RELIGIOUS PROGRAMS
Vary from campus to campus
Typically provided through student organizations
May have part- or full-time staff members
SPECIAL STUDENT POPULATIONS
Focus on the needs of racial and ethnic minorities
Focus on the needs of LGBT students
Focus on the needs of female students
(Sandeen, p. 263)
Sports and athletic competitions organized and funded at institutions
Programs address issues of sportsmanship, training, nutrition, safety, gender equity, financial support, and institutional representation.
Two tiered system
One sanctioned by collegiate sport governing body such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
the second includes intramural and recreational sport clubs
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STUDENT RECREATION AND FITNESS PROGRAMS
Promote good health awareness
Teach physical skills
Encourage positive social interaction
(Sandeen, p. 263)
COMMUTER STUDENT SERVICES AND CHILDCARE SERVICES
Need varies by campus
Is a growing population
Done in collaboration with student affairs, academic departments, and community partners
STUDENT JUDICIAL AFFAIRS
Develop, interpret, and enforce campus rules and regulations.
Conduct student hearings, publish rules and regulations that define procedures and student rights and encourages student learning through direct participation in the judicial system .
PROGRAM RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
Not typically a separate office, but part of the overall student affairs staff
Used to critique, modify, and develop programs to assist the students
DEAN OF STUDENTS
Helps to establish and enforce the community standards of the institution
Responds to general concerns of the students, faculty, staff, families, and community.
Directs Responses to student crises.
(Sandeen, p. 262)
Technological advances creating new opportunities
Provides community services
Produces leadership for the community
Fields are highly professionalized and specialized
Each area has its own national organizations and literature
Diminishing financial Support
Staying united as a student affairs front
Larger institutions face population size challenge
Location will determine what type of services are of more necessity