College Student Services Administration (CSSA) Graduate Courses

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College Student Services Administration Courses

Class Title
READING & CONFERENCE: BUDGETS AND FINANCE
(STUDENT HOUSING: LEADERSHIP, NETWORKING, AND ADMINISTRATION)

Introduction to budget and finance, various sources of funding and revenue, and different styles of resource management in the college and university setting.

Budget critique, Student fee committee presentation

READING & CONFERENCE: DISABILITY ISSUES

Seminar to introduce students to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, legal implications for post-secondary education, and the social, economical and political issues surrounding disability.

Enrollment Management technology

MULTICULTURAL COMPETENCE IN STUDENT AFFAIRS

Seminar that focuses on the beginning development of one’s multicultural proficiency while addressing selected multicultural issues in student affairs administration (e.g. multicultural service models, campus climate issues, emerging research, professional dilemmas and challenges).

Crash reflections, Identity immersion paper, Multicultural Action Plan

ASSESSMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Examination of the role and importance of assessment in student affairs and other higher education settings. Review of needs, satisfaction, outcomes, and environmental assessments, techniques for implementation, and their application in educational settings.

Extant data resources, Final assessment project, Final project presentation

FIRST YEAR STUDENT SEMINAR

A collaborative, engaging, and safe setting for discussion related to a variety of introductory topics including program/graduate school transition and expectations, professional development, communication, assistantship connections, and making the most of the CSSA experience.

PORTFOLIO

Individual or small group work toward the development and completion of the required portfolio capstone experience

FUNDAMENTALS OF COUNSELING

An introductory course covering counseling basics and theoretical influences. Emphasis on effective communication and practical applications in student affairs settings.

Chronic stress interventions

HISTORY OF AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION

Historical study of the college and university including a review and influence of the European university and the rise and development of American higher education with an emphasis on types of institutions and their respective curricular and co-curricular offerings.

Student Health Services, Why we need tenure, History of the University of Northern Iowa

PROGRAMS AND FUNCTIONS IN COLLEGE STUDENT SERVICES

Historical, philosophical, and organizational foundations; operational components and functional areas; overview and analysis of college student services in post-secondary educational institutions.

Professional development exercise, Nontraditional / Older Adult Student Briefing, Selected competencies for student health services professionals, Conference presentation, Investigative paper #1: The Dean of Students

PRINCIPLES AND THEORIES OF STUDENT DEVELOPMENT IN UNIVERSITIES AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES I & II

Exploration of the history, meaning, and implications of student development theories.  Emphasis on typologies, person-environment, psychosocial, and cognitive theories and the diversity of student populations served by student affairs.  Special focus on the application of theory and how it may provide a springboard for practice and further discovery.

Theory I: Theory to practice paper, Student development autobiography #2, Student subculture paper

Theory II: Online Development Theory, Wildcard Project with Gail Wootan, Wildcard Instruction Manual.

ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF COLLEGE STUDENT SERVICES

Mission and organization, governance models, planning and goal setting, resource acquisition and allocation, and personnel and financial management and administrative leadership.

Individual learning activity plan, Individual learning activity

LEGAL ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION

An introduction to major legal issues in higher education, focusing on the student affairs context at colleges and universities. Provides an overview of the sources of federal and state law, covers courts and judicial processes, and addresses the basics of legal research. Two primary areas of education law and policy are covered: Torts (liability) and freedom of expression. Designed as a rigorous "first law course" for graduate students. Students will read and prepare cases and articles, conduct legal research, and write legal memoranda.

Legal memo, Legal Brief of Healy v. James (co-written with Rem Nivens).

PRACTICUM IN COLLEGE STUDENT SERVICES

An in-depth experience exploring the mission, organization, and administration of a specific student services office or department on the OSU campus or at another college or university. Students are required to complete a minimum of three practicum experiences during the course of the CSSA program.

Practicum 1: Assessment project for the Academic Success Center

Practicum 2: Hearing officer for OSU Student Conduct

Practicum 3: Instructor for Academic Learning Services: Odyssey and Academic Success classes

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN COLLEGE STUDENT SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

Self-assessment, goal setting, professional growth, and professional ethics as a practitioner in college student services administration.

READING & CONFERENCE: ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT

Advanced study of current principles, practices, and trends in the management of student enrollment in colleges and universities with a special emphasis on student recruitment, admission, orientation, first year experience, and retention.

Enrollment Management Case Study

Additional Coursework

Class Title
PROJECTS: TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP SERIES

A series of technology workshops that included information on web design, graphic design, web site accessibility / usability, and web site statistics.

CROSS-CULTURAL COUNSELING

Cognitive and experimental study of social and psychological
variables influencing the cross-cultural counseling relationship. Social
and psychological experiences of selected subcultures. Relevant assessment
instruments and current literature, methods and outcome studies.

FEMINIST PHILOSOPHIES

Diverse forms of feminist philosophy, including a variety of critiques,
especially those based on race and class, with in-depth consideration of
selected social issues such as rape and pornography.

Oppression by occupation or gender, Final paper: Radical Libertarian Feminism and Pornography

ETHICS OF DIVERSITY

Uses moral philosophy to examine difference-based discrimination and prejudice
in the human community.

The problem of privilege, Oppression Harms the Oppressor, Thoughts on affirmative action, Analysis of Lakota Woman

RACIAL PATTERNS OF URBANIZATION

This interdisciplinary course will examine the linkages between race and
patterns of urbanization. It will examine how ideologies about race and
gender have set the themes of debate and discussion and about urbanization
in both theoretical and popular discourses.

Racial Patterns of Urbanization: Response paper #1
Racial Patterns of Urbanization: Response paper #2
Racial Patterns of Urbanization: Response paper #3
Racial Patterns of Urbanization: Final Paper – “The Color Proof Fair”