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EDHE 670 - Foundations and Trends in Student Affairs

  • 3 credits

Through an overview of the historical, philosophical, intellectual, and organizational foundations of student affairs in post-secondary education, explore student affairs functions, professional organizations, and professional standards and develop an understanding of the relationships between student affairs professionals, faculty, and other administrative areas and external constituents.


Enrollment in SAHE program; written consent of instructor.


Kris Carlson

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Kris currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Success at Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Colorado, although she will be retiring at the end of June, 2019. While at FRCC, she held positions of Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Student Life/Longs Peak Student Center. She has worked for over 25 years in the Colorado Community College System and brings the community college perspective to the SAHE program. After graduating from Colorado State University with her bachelor’s degree in Merchandising and Design, she traveled throughout the United States before coming back to CSU to pursue a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Kris completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Kris began teaching in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program in 2000 and has been teaching online since 2011. While working on her doctoral dissertation, she worked full-time, taught at CSU, and juggled the demands of two small boys. Her research interests include student pathways and communication, succession planning, leadership development in a community college, as well as work-life balance for student affairs professionals, especially women.

Kris has received the Front Range Community College President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution as well as the NASPA IV West Outstanding Community College Professional Award. As an undergraduate at Colorado State University, Kris also received the Pacesetter Award.