W1 Discussion Question 1: Student Affairs and Me

Required Textbooks

  • Schuh, H., Jones, S. R., & Torres, V. (2017). Student services: A handbook for the profession (6th ed.). Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 9781119049593.


Required Readings

  • Student services: A handbook for the profession, text
    • Chapter 1: Historical Oversight of American Higher Education, pg. 1–19 
    • Chapter 2: The History of Student Affairs, pg. 20–38
    • Chapter 3: Philosophies and Values, pg. 39–55
  • Gerda, J. J. (2006). Gathering together: A view of the earliest student affairs professional organizations. NASPA Journal, 43(4), 147–163. [Note to writer: PDF attached]
  • Marsh, C. S. (1937). The student personnel point of view: A report of a conference on the philosophy and development of student personnel work in college and university. Report by American Council on Education Studies, 1(3), iii–14. [Note to writer: PDF attached]
  • American Council on Education (1949). The student personnel point of view. [Note to writer: PDF attached]

Recommended Readings

  • Hevel, M. S. (2016). Toward a history of student affairs: A synthesis of research, 1996-2015. Journal of College Student Development, 57(7), 844–862.

W1 Discussion Question 1: Student Affairs and Me

Post: Reflect upon your own personal values and philosophies and how they relate to or differ from values and philosophy of Student Affairs. Next, in a minimum 300 word initial post, discuss the following:

  • Select one of your personal core values/philosophies and explain how it aligns with a specific basic principle, value, or philosophy of Student Affairs. [Note to writer: I am a college professor, and you can use previous background information of mine. Just to give you as an example, I tend to have servant leadership style]
  • Identify one personal core value/philosophy that does not seem to match well with the values identified for Student Affairs. [Note to writer: You can come up with something that fits the discussion]
  • Discuss how both values discussed might shape your future work in Student Affairs. [Note to writer: Years before I became a professor, I was Director of International Students in a college for few years and I have that experience of student services. I have also worked in Graduate Admissions of a University for two years as a Student Assistant.]

Follow the APA style when citing and referencing your sources!

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