College Student Personnel Services and Administration

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[1] Graduate Courses in College Student Personnel Services and Administration (CSPA)

6195/6295/6395 THESIS: STUDENT AFFAIRS (1-3 credits) The thesis affords the student an opportunity to draw upon and consolidate knowledge obtained from classroom lectures, research projects, teaching, and other experiences. It is viewed as the beginning of the student’s scholarly work, not its culmination. Thesis research provides the student with hands-on, directed experience in the primary research methods of the discipline of Student Affairs and prepares the student for research and scholarship that will be expected after receipt of the master’s degree. Prerequisite(s): Completion of 21 credit hours. Offered Fall, Spring and Summer.

6302 LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION IN ORGANIZATIONS This course explores the intersection between the practices of leadership and communication in the organizational context. The course challenges students to assess and improve their own communication competencies in light of common organizational leadership opportunities and challenges. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

6310 AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION The historical development of American higher education against the background of political, social, economic, cultural and intellectual issues will be examined from its founding to the present for contemporary application.

6311 LEADERSHIP AND DECISION-MAKING This course will provide the opportunity for participants to develop a firm working concept of leadership and its role in community development. Upon completion of the course the participant should be able to identify and discuss the role of leadership in the community development process and to apply leadership principles to community development processes.

6318 BUDGETING The course is designed to provide a broad overview of budgeting and finance in order to improve student’s understanding of how budgeting affects decisions. Public managers, regardless of level of bureaucracy, must deal with a variety of budgetary and revenue information when making daily decisions. Much of that information indicates how effectively they will be able to manage and how others will perceive the way they manage. This course will introduce the nature and character of public sector/non-profit organization budgeting, how managers can more effectively use such information, and the limitations associated with such information.

6320 ETHICS AND LAW IN HIGHER EDUCATION The purpose of this course is to introduce the learner to the basic and current legal and ethical concepts that face American higher education today. Topics to be discussed will be the basis from which higher education law comes, current (case, state and regulatory) law, as well as risk management and liability issues for higher education.

6325 ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES IN STUDENT AFFAIRS AND PRACTICAL METHODOLOGY This course will provide a comprehensive examination of the educational outcomes of college attendance.  College impact researchers investigate aspects of the college environment that have an impact on student outcomes.  This field of study is one of two core theoretical and empirical foundations for the field of student affairs.  Prerequisite (s): None.  Offered Fall, Spring and Summer.

6335 GRANT WRITING This course addresses the development of grants and contracts and presents an overview of identifying funding sources. One key to development is the availability of resources, human and non-human. Grant writing can provide those resources by matching local resources with resources available from the public, private, and non-profit sectors of society. This course will provide the student with a general understanding of the process, as well as detailed information about grants in the community development field.

6360 CULTURAL DIFFERENTIATION AND OUTREACH This course will focus on similarities and differences of humanity with the intention of discovering the “true value” of the individual.

6365 PRACTICUM The practicum course provides on-site professional learning experiences in a student affairs office on the University of Central Arkansas campus. This course combines weekly work responsibilities under the supervision of a site supervisor with scheduled discussion meetings with other practicum students and the professor, and assigned readings.

6370 INTERNSHIP This course provides the student with the opportunity to apply knowledge about student development offices in institutions of higher education. Student will work as part of a functioning office or service and will be considered part of the team integral to the accomplishment of that entity’s mission. Experiences are cooperatively planned and guided by university personnel.

6391 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN STUDENT PERSONNEL SERVICES IN HIGHER EDUCATION This course provides an overview of the conceptual and operational aspects that impact the student personnel programs of higher education institutions in the United States. It is intended to offer students who may be pursuing careers in student affairs information about the structures and issues that they may encounter within a variety of institutional settings.

6392 THE COLLEGE STUDENT Analysis of college student characteristics and the student culture; non-traditional student subgroups; student attitudes, values, and beliefs; concepts and models which promote student learning, and assessment of student growth.