Graduates should be able to demonstrate their understanding of the role of student affairs in higher education by being able to articulate current and past issues shaping the field and the implications these issues have on students’ lives. In meeting this competency, students should demonstrate their knowledge of. . .
a. The historical and philosophical underpinnings of student affairs;
b. Standards of good practice in student affairs and ethical responsibilities of the student affairs professional;
c. The primary challenges and opportunities being presented to student affairs professionals; and
d. Goals, trends, and key issues related to the future of the student affairs profession.
Graduates should be able to demonstrate their understanding of student populations and sub-cultures within varied higher education settings. In meeting this competency, students should demonstrate their knowledge of. . .
a. Transitional issues faced by students before and after their tenure in higher education settings;
b. The various and changing needs, goals, affinities of students within varied higher education settings (e.g. community college, private, public, religiously affiliated, tribal colleges, historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, etc);
c. The diversity of student populations including, but not limited to, age, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, race and ethnicity, language, nationality, religion or spirituality, sexual orientation, ability, and preparedness; and
d. Theories related to student development and potential practical applications
Graduates should be able to demonstrate their understanding of higher education/student affairs administration and those aspects related to the leadership of student affairs in college and university settings. In meeting this compentency, students should demonstrate their experience with/knowledge of…
a. Fiscal resources, budget development, and management in supporting student affairs programs or services;
b. Human resource/personnel management, including hiring, supervising, and evaluating employee performance;
c. Organizational structure, dynamics, and systems;
d. Legal issues critical in guiding and influencing practice;
e. Campus climate issues, including adminstrative strategies to bring congruence between campus climate goals and realities.
Graduates should be able to demonstrate multicultural awareness, knowledge, skills and ability. In meeting this competency students should demonstrate their knowledge of…
a. Their cultural heritage and how it affects identity development, world views, values and assumptions;
b. Systems of privilege and oppression and groups and individuals who are different from self;
c. Ways to challenge and support individuals, groups and organizations to maximize multiculturally sensitive and appropriate practices; and
d. Areas of personal and professional growth in improving one’s own multicultural competence
Graduates should be able to demonstrate their understanding of and ability to employ good assessment and research practices. In meeting this compentency, students should demonstrate their expereince with/ability to…
a. Design and implement thorough assessment and research efforts including the identification of significant key issues and questions;
b. Create instruments and/or protocols for assessing and researching these important issues and questions and;
c. Credibly convey key findings and recommendations to stakeholders and constituents.
Graduates should be able to demonstrate their understanding of and ability to design and execute high quality programs (i.e. seminars, workshops, trainings or similar experiences that are meant to facilitate development and learning, that are thoughtful, engaging, and learner-centered). In meeting this competency, students should demonstrate their experience with/ability to…
a. Design original programs including the identification of needs, goals and resources;
b. Market programs appropriately;
c. Facilitate the implementation of programs; and
d. Evaluate the effectiveness of programs in meeting desired goals and outcomes.
Graduates should be able to demonstrate their ability to disseminate scholarly work through public forums. In meeting this competency, students should demonstrate their experience with/ability to…
a. Develop and share ideas and concepts to students, staff or faculty groups outside of the CSSA classroom;
b. Incorporate original and innovative techniques that are appropriate and engaging in sharing these ideas; and
c. Reflect on the experience and make constructive changes and improvements.
Graduates should be able to demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills with students and colleagues and their ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships with individuals from the campus and local community. In meeting this competency, students should demonstrate their experience with/ability to…
a. Positively manage, develop, and engage in working relationships with faculty, staff, and students across functional and institutional boundaries;
b. Initiate and participate in working alliances and teams with a wide range of people across cultural boundaries;
c. Take on key leadership roles though these partnerships and collaborations;
d. Serve as advocate, counselor and/or advisor to students;
e. Manage and/or mediate conflict, crisis, or problematic circumstances.
Graduates should be able to demonstrate their ability to carefully examine and challenge their own personal and professional values, worldviews, assumptions, and biases. In meeting this competency, students should demonstrate their experience with/ability to…
a. Articulate and demonstrate their own ethics and standards of good practice within the profession;
b. Articulate and demonstrate their own style and values within a leadership capacity;
c. Develop an understanding of the value of community involvement and participation beyond the OSU campus;
d. Engage in thoughtful career planning and decision making exercises; and
e. Examine and question their “fit” within the profession by clearly articulating personal strengths and potential contributions to the field.