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CSP Program and Learning Goals

The College Student Personnel program at Western Carolina University is based on the premise that competent practitioners must be committed to the growth and development of all students and must possess the skills to create environments in which such growth and development can occur. As such, the program has established a number of cognitive, affective, and behavioral goals which are addressed through classes, internships, graduate assistantships, and individual and group interactions between faculty and students.

COGNITIVE GOALS

  1. Students will understand existing models and philosophies of student affairs practice.
  2. Students will understand the historical and philosophical roots of the student affairs profession.
  3. Students will understand the goals and activities involved in the various student affairs functional areas.
  4. Students will become familiar with the characteristics, needs, and values of college students from diverse backgrounds and appreciate the importance of diversity to their work in student affairs.
  5. Students will understand factors involved in the growth and development of students.
  6. Students will become familiar with principles of organizational development and administration as they apply to higher education and student affairs.
  7. Students will understand standards of professional practice as described in the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.
  8. Students will understand basic counseling theories and techniques as they apply in student affairs settings.
  9. Students will understand the basic principles of enrollment management and their role in both recruitment and retention of students.
  10. Students will understand principles of group dynamics as they apply to student affairs.
  11. Students will understand the historical development of higher education as well as the current role, functions, and structure, and issues facing higher education.
  12. Students will be familiar with aspects and outcomes of the college environment and their impact on students.
  13. Students will understand the basic differences between academic and student affairs cultures which impinge on their work in higher education.
  14. Students will understand legal and ethical issues facing the student affairs profession.
  15. Students will understand basic research principles.
  16. Students will understand basic budget principles and resource management issues in student affairs work.
  17. Students will understand basic teaching methodologies which they may use in their work as student affairs professionals.

AFFECTIVE GOALS

  1. Students will respect the worth and dignity of all people and value differences.
  2. Students will be sensitive to their impact on others.
  3. Students will be sensitive to their professional and ethical responsibilities as student affairs practitioners.
  4. Students will understand learning and professional development as continuing processes throughout their careers.

BEHAVIORAL GOALS

  1. Students will be able to apply principles of organizational development and administrative practice in their work settings.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with students in one-on-one situations and in groups.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate effective helping skills – listening, responding, and referral.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to use and integrate various theoretical approaches in analyzing current problems and issues in student affairs.
  5. Students will be able to design effective programs and interventions which draw upon and integrate various student affairs theory bases.
  6. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize and integrate student affairs literature.
  7. Students will demonstrate effective writing skills.
  8. Students will demonstrate effective skills in oral presentation.
 

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