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CSPA Program Cohorts

Cohort 2

The CSPA program has both part-time and full-time tracks, but values a sense of academic community. The CSPA program follows a cohort model in which approximately 20-25 students are admitted to pursue courses concurrently. Students take their classes with the members of their cohort during the sequence of classes. The first cohort began in fall 2014. 

Our students currently are comprised of several international students and from over 10 states! We value intersectional identities and welcome a broad spectrum of students to our program. Their many lived experiences and narratives enrich our classroom discussions and facilitate exposure to diverse perspectives. Our program is currently one of the most diverse in the region for a student affairs program. 

Students benefit from mutual support which promotes academic success, a sense of belonging, community, and collaborative learning with experienced colleagues which forms a professional network. These benefits all facilitate career development and continuing education. 

See what our current students have to say about the CSPA program in our Student Profiles section. 

Ashley Dunn


My name is Ashley Dunn and I am from Granite City, Illinois.   I received a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Studies from Fontbonne University, in Saint Louis, Missouri.  Currently, I serve as the Student Services Coordinator for Southwestern Illinois College at the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus.  Many of my responsibilities consist of Financial Aid and Enrollment Services, and involves taking a holistic approach to serving students.   Through Financial Aid I am a member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).  The first practicum I completed for the CSPA program was with SWIC's Student Support Services, also known as TRIO.  I am looking forward to the second practicum with SWIC's Industrial Technology Center where the institutions vocational programs are housed.  I chose SIUE's CSPA program for an opportunity to have a degree that specifically goes along with the experience I have gained in higher education.  This program has met my expectations in meeting student services' staff from other institutions and building a networking system within my own field.



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