One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice

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In the day-to-day work of higher education administration, student affairs professionals know that different institutional types - whether a small liberal arts college, a doctoral intensive institution, or a large private university - require different practical approaches. Despite this, most student affairs literature emphasizes a "one size fits all" approach to practice. In this book, leading scholars Kathleen Manning, Jillian Kinzie and John Schuh advocate a new approach by presenting eleven models of student affairs practice. These models are based on a qualitative, multi-institutional case study research project involving twenty institutions of higher education varying by type, size and mission. By accessibly presenting different types of institutions that have all experienced higher than predicted levels of student engagement and graduation rates the authors set out to discover the policies, practices and programs that can contribute to student success.

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Editorial Reviews

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"One size Does Not Fit All does a masterful job of identifying the types of student affairs organizations and the learning outcomes associated with each of them. Educators and practitioners who are interested in organizational theory or who want to move their student affairs organization forward to improve student learning should read this book."

—Gregory S. Blimling, Professor of College Student Affairs, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University

"Manning, Kinzie, and Schuh have masterfully captured the range and complexity of organizational approaches to student affairs in the 21st century. This book is an essential resource for higher education professionals at all levels and a must-read for leaders who aim to invigorate student affairs practice at their institutions."

—Frank Harris III, Associate Professor of Postsecondary Education and Student Affairs, San Diego State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415952576
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Manning is a Professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program at the University of Vermont.

Jillian Kinzie is Associate Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research and National Survey of Student Engagement Institute.

John H. Schuh is Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction 1. Organizing Student Affairs: A Glance in the Rear View Mirror and a Look Ahead 2. Student Engagement and Success: Relationships to Student Affairs Models and Practice Part Two: Traditional Models of Student Affairs Departments and Divisions 3. Out-of-Classroom-Centered Established Model 4. Administrative-Centered Established Models 5. Learning Centered Models Part Three: Innovative Proposed Models Based on DEEP Research 6. Student Centered Innovative Models 7. Academic and Collaboration Innovative Models Part Four: Weaving the Basket: Putting it all Together 8. Collaboration, Student Engagement, and the Future of Student Affairs Practice

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