Achieving Student Success. Effective Student Services in by Donna Hardy Cox, C. Carney Strange

By Donna Hardy Cox, C. Carney Strange

Hardy Cox and unusual commence with an outline of scholar providers facing the matriculation of post-secondary scholars - via enrolment administration, monetary information, and orientation to the establishment and lodging - after which speak about housing and place of dwelling lifestyles, scholar management courses, platforms of judicial and educational integrity, and pupil aid and adjustment via counselling, overall healthiness and health tasks, profession and employment suggestion, and quite a few prone which may reply to numerous wishes.

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Maclean’s). Consequently this most recent era in Canadian student services has demanded even more sophisticated levels of expertise, implicating the timely need for graduate-level preparation. The goal of dedicated graduate-level training for student services administrators in Canada was first approached at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where an online Master of Education in Post-Secondary Studies program was initiated in 1996. This advanced degree offered a special focus in student services, within the broader context of post-secondary education, and featured coursework options in leadership and human resource development; foundations of instructional design; issues and trends in administration; administration of student services; and student development theory, services, and programs.

Carney Strange ACHIEVING STUDENT SUCCESS PART ONE Historical, Philosophical, and Theoretical Foundations of Student Services The story of any field is a history of persons, events, and situations that in hindsight seem to connect in a sequence of antecedents and consequences, as if destiny and purpose were its guides. While underway, though, it is more often the case that causes are elusive and outcomes are unpredictable. Any description of history is necessarily a slice of understanding in time, limited by current perspectives and shaped by selective experiences and contacts of the authors.

Accompanying this trend was a shift from a general focus on professional competence in the field to the value placed on specialized expertise. Consequently, this period of development also featured a flourishing of various professional associations and activities that were more regionally established or specifically committed to the needs of particular student groups and the exercise of particular professional skills. REGIONAL GROUPS Due to geographic distance and culture, regional efforts have always characterized development of professional student services communities in Canada.

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