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Student Affairs Growth Expectations (SAGE) Portfolio 

CSPAStudent Affairs Growth Expectations (SAGE) is a co-curricular professional development portfolio process that is embedded within the SIUE CSPA program. Completion of this process serves as the exit requirement for degree completion.

SAGE is a comprehensive reflective portfolio and is intentionally designed as a culminating requirement to connect program coursework, professional development activities, the final project research, and professional field experiences. As indicated by its name, SAGE documents student learning.  The primary intention of the SAGE portfolio is to provide a progressive record of student growth, with an end goal of creating reflective scholar-practitioners that know how to integrate theory and practice.

The portfolio is designed to help the student document the skills, knowledge, and experiences that are the foundation of professionalism.  It provides the opportunity for the student to write a comprehensive evaluation of professional skills based on an accumulated record of experiences. Drawing upon elements of a traditional artifact-based portfolio, students will be required to include work completed throughout the program. The artifacts will demonstrate student progress in writing and research towards the many themes represented within the SAGE portfolio. Students are expected to provide authentic assessment of themselves in the form of reflection about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences throughout their educational journey within the CSPA program. Students will also be expected to assess their own professional development, growth, and learning. We envision a process that is labor intensive but enjoyable as well. Our hope is that students value the process of creating their unique portfolios, and understand it as a developmental process.CSPA

During the initial Proposal and Final Defense stages students are required to address in the portfolio the “core four” themes of the CSPA program. These themes are: (1) Social Justice & Inclusion; (2) Student Learning & Development; (3) Advising and Supporting; and (4) Assessment, Research, and Evaluation. These themes are adopted from the ACPA/NASPA competencies and reflect the distinctiveness of the CSPA program curriculum. The themes provide framing and organization as they are each tethered to specific courses in which students will produce specific artifacts to include within the portfolio. 

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