College Student Personnel Administration at SIUE
The College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) program in SIUE's School of Education, Health and Human Behavior prepares its graduates for entry and mid-level professional positions in higher education administration in student affairs. At program completion, CSPA students are expected to have the knowledge, skills and perspectives to serve college students and to foster the learning and development of college students in a wide variety of student affairs areas at public and private, two- and four-year postsecondary institutions. These areas include, but are not limited to, student life, residence life, career development, advising, financial aid, and social and recreational programs.
Successful completion leads to a Master of Science Education (MSEd) in College Student Personnel Administration. The program in the Department of Educational Leadership follows the standards set by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, which ensures academic rigor and quality of learning.
This program has a three course research core (Assessment and Program Evaluation, Research Methods in Higher Education, and Final Project). Students develop an individualized passion project focused on contemporary or historical issues in higher education through the authorship of a master’s paper and a comprehensive examination. The program also has a focus on social justice and student development, grounded in the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Master of Science in Education in College Student Personnel Administration
Evening classes are offered in fixed cohort for full-time and fluid cohort for part-time students. A mix of web-assisted and online courses are offered. However, the majority of classes are traditional, on-campus classes.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate Breadth and Depth of Knowledge in the Discipline: CSPA students should understand the current and historical theories, concepts, philosophy, values and models in the field of college student personnel administration. They should be able to access and evaluate the literature, and to connect the history, philosophy and values of the profession to professional practice in higher education. Major issues that students need to demonstrate understanding of include student learning and development theories; student characteristics; individual and group dynamics; organization and administration of student affairs; and assessment, evaluation and research methods. Students will also be expected to understand issues of sustainability and globalism and how these interact with student affairs administration. Students will also know how to identify and use appropriate technological resources in their work.
- Effectively Communicate Knowledge in the Discipline: CSPA students should possess the knowledge and skills that enable them to write and speak clearly and accurately about the current issues of the discipline to peers, practitioners and the public. They will be able to write a coherent, thorough and analytical literature review on an issue or problem of their choice, and will be able to write a clear, thorough and analytical research report. They will also be able to clearly verbally and nonverbally communicate when working and collaborating with others in practical situations related to student affairs administration.
- Demonstrate an Ability for Analytical Thinking in the Discipline: CSPA students should be able to identify and understand critical issues in the discipline. Students will question current and past practices and policies related to student affairs administration, and they will synthesize and integrate knowledge in order to effectively identify and analyze critical issues. They should possess the ability to analyze their knowledge and others’ knowledge, and to use, design, conduct and critique qualitative and quantitative analyses; to manage organizations using evaluation and research processes and the results obtained from them; to be comfortable with ambiguity; to be aware of their own areas of strength and growth.
- Exhibit the Best Practices, Values, and Ethics of the Profession: CSPA students should understand and exhibit the professional standards for responsible conduct of research and practice in the discipline. Students should possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of an ethical leader to envision, plan and effect change in organizations. Students should respond to internal and external constituencies and issues by integrating ethics into all aspects of self and professional practice and they should create learning environments that are enriched with diverse views and people. Students will be self-directed and self-reflective. They will maintain excellence and integrity in work, have a passion for work, and remain curious.
- Apply Knowledge of the Discipline: CSPA students will apply knowledge of the discipline to solve sophisticated problems and to interpret technical issues in practice. Students should understand the concepts and principles of student development and learning theory and apply theories to improve and inform student affairs practice and to understand teaching and training theory and practice in higher education. Students will also use their skills to shape the political and ethical climate on campus.
Jobs included in this category are entry-level professionals and other positions in multiple areas in colleges and universities, such as financial aid, housing, career services, social and recreational programs, advising, leadership programs, Greek life, service learning, international programs, and others. Recent graduates have found employment as academic advisors, residence hall directors, first-year experience coordinators and in student activities at both private and public postsecondary institutions.
Why Choose SIUE
- Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: The CSPA program fosters a strong commitment to increasing awareness of the diversity of student populations and to social justice. Diversity and social justice concepts are specifically addressed across the curriculum and more intentionally within two specific courses (College Student Development and Diversity in Higher Education). The CSPA program is dedicated to addressing the intersectionality of identity, gender expression, gender preference, socioeconomic class, privilege and culture. The SIUE campus has been recognized regularly for its commitment to diversity. The University received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. SIUE’s LBGT-Friendly Campus Climate index score is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
- Location and Affordability: SIUE is located 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, allowing graduate students to benefit from the boundless opportunities St. Louis offers. The University’s tuition and required fee rates are consistently among the lowest of all four-year institutions in Illinois. In-state tuition is available to residents of Missouri and other regional states.