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Exploring the Student Affairs in Higher Education Profession


Your level of participation is completely up to you as there are no formal grades. The Exploring Student Affairs in Higher Education Profession free online course is divided into eight modules. You have the ability to move through all of the modules to complete the course in full, or pick and choose which individual modules most interest you, and complete only those.

  • Foundations
    • History
    • Types of institutions
    • Guiding documents
    • Types of student affairs areas and departments
  • Student Development Theory - Philosophical
    • Theory to practice
    • Student development theory, involvement theory, identity
    • Ethics
    • Learning outcomes
  • Student Development Theory – Applications
    • Distinguishing Theory to Practice
    • Recognize Various Theories
    • Apply Concepts
  • Student Success
    • Retention and persistence programs
    • Access to higher education
    • Learning communities
    • Faculty with program development
  • Exploring Graduate School (Optional Path – A )
    • Identify Programs
    • Applying
    • Practice Interviewing
  • Getting a Job in Student Affairs (Optional Path - B)
    • Exploring Professionalism
    • Effectively Transitioning into a New Position
    • Establishing Yourself in a New Organization
  • Professional Connections and Opportunities
    • Professional associations
    • Internships
    • Opportunities on campus and through organizations
    • Mentors
    • Social media
    • Assessment
  • Diversity & Inclusion in Student Affairs
    • Key Terms & Practices
    • Professional Competencies
    • Exploring Our Own Stories
  • Next Steps
    • Graduate programs
    • Job search
    • Applications and interviewing
  • Transitions
    • Leaving current employment/graduating
    • Preparing for a new opportunity
    • Networking and relationship building
    • Professionalism
  • Globalization and International Impacts
  • Future of Student Affairs
    • Technology and mobile
    • Online learning engagement

Students who wish to be recognized for completing activities and other projects can receive a Statement of Accomplishment upon request based on a minimum level of competencies achieved.