EDHE 673 - Student Development Theory

  • 3 credits
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In this course, you gain an understanding of college student development theory and its application to practice. You learn to critically analyze and evaluate theories for inclusiveness, relevance, and applicability for diverse populations from your own perspective, as well as from the perspectives of various college student populations.

Specific theories examined include human development theories applicable to college student populations, cognitive, moral, psycho-social, and ethical theories. The course also looks into adult development, racial and sexual orientation, identity development, and spiritual development models. At the end of the course, you will be able to apply the theories and process models in your student affairs practice.

This course can be applied toward:


Enrollment in SAHE program.

Important Information

Students of the M.S.in Student Affairs in Higher Education, the Student Affairs Administration Certificate, the Campus Crises Management Certificate and the Student Affairs Management of Auxiliary Enterprises must only take the section of the course taught by Jody Donovan and Susheela Mallipudi. This section is available in the spring semester.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice, 3rd Ed. (2016)
    Patton, L.D., Renn, K.A., Guido, F. M., & Quaye, S. J.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th or 7th Ed. (2009; 2020) Washington, DC: American Psychological Association


Jennifer J. Johnson

(970) 689-2175 | jennifer.jo.johnson@colostate.edu

Jody Donovan

(970) 491-5312 | Jody.Donovan@colostate.edu

Dr. Jody Donovan is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and Co-Chair of the SAHE Program at Colorado State University. Originally from Nebraska, she calls Colorado "home." Dr. Donovan earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. Other degrees include a Master's in Counseling and College Student Development from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor's in Psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Her research interests center on parents and families of college students, student development theory, first generation college students, socio-economic class issues, and multi-racial/multi-ethnic students.

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