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CSPA Graduate Assistantships

Mr. Alan Nordyke
Ellis L23
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4549


College Student Personnel Administraton-
Courses and Outcome Measures

The M.S. degree consists of 39 semester credits.  Core courses comprise 33 hours, with the rest as electives. The following are the required courses.

Course Rotation

First Fall

CSPA 5110 Introduction to Student Affairs Administration
CSPA 5120  Helping Skills for Student Affairs Administrators
CSPA 5130  Leadership and Organizational Theory in Higher Education

First Spring

CSPA 5210  Student Development Theory I
CSPA 5120  History of Higher Education
CSPA 5230  The College Student


EDAD 5980 Internship in Student Affairs (1-3 credits)

Second Fall

CSPA 5310  Student Development Theory II
CSPA 5320  The Law in Higher Education  
CSPA 5330  Governance and Finance in Higher Education

Second Spring

CSPA 5410  Assessment and Program Evaluation in Student Affairs
CSPA 5550  Seminar in Higher Education

Note:  Three credit hours (total) of internship registration are required.

Minimum Total  39 credit hours

Learning Outcomes

The graduate with a degree in College Student Personnel Administration will use the knowledge and skills obtained through his/her studies to:

• Create programs to promote student development in which a clear understanding of student development theory is translated into applied practice.

• Describe the various "cultures" which exist on a college campus, including in terms of governance and "political" dynamics, and identify how interaction between and among members of each culture affect the mission of the institution and the quality of teaching and learning on campus. Graduates will be able to create environments in which members of the several cultures learn to appreciate and cooperate with each other in common cause.

• Understand management, organizational and leadership dynamics, including organizational theory, financial responsibility, legal issues, the preparation and, implementation of a budget, and similar operational issues.

• Demonstrate a clear comprehension of the various student cohorts seeking higher education in which respect for their individual differences, and understanding of their diversity, as well as an appreciation of their individual and shared concerns are taken into account.

• Construct environments, based on a clear understanding of entering and continuing student characteristics and needs so that these students are provided optimal opportunities to learn along with appropriate support in meeting predetermined and evolving intellectual and developmental goals.
• Describe, in clear and precise language, the standards and ethical guidelines which inform the profession and demonstrate, through her/his own behavior, that these codes are "lived" in daily practice.

• Understand how to employ assessment techniques and to evaluate outcomes from the framework of individual, group, and environmental perspectives and use the information obtained to make judgments about those programs and services offered others. Students will be familiar with methods and techniques of quantitative and qualitative research and gain the ability to critique such research. Students will be provided with opportunities to design, implement and report about a research study.

• Comprehend how organizational, management, and leadership theory apply to various student affairs functions such as financial aid, academic advising, residence life, etc. They will also be able to discern how management, leadership, and other theories evolve overtime and how to adapt theory and practice to emerging demands and expectation.

• Communicate, in language appropriate to each audience addressed, the cultural/historical underpinnings of American higher education and the college student personnel profession as well as the purposes served by CSPA professionals in today's higher education.

• Construct, including in partnership with students, faculty, and others, a series of intentional activities, programs, and events designed to achieve well-defined developmental outcomes as well as predetermining how such outcomes will be assessed and success measured.

• Demonstrate competency as agents of change including being able to analyze unique situations, cope with unexpected challenges, as well as be able to demonstrate the flexibility and the ability to cope with ambiguity and chaos necessary to function as a professional in the post-modern university.