Graduate School 101: From Application to Acceptance
Sponsored by ACPA & the Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals
Are you an undergraduate student interested in pursuing a graduate degree in student affairs? Are you a faculty or staff member who has students interested in the field of college student development? This webcast was presented on October 26, 2011 and was designed to provide an overview of navigating the graduate admissions process in student affairs. From deciding between a part-time versus full-time program to having a successful campus interview, a panel of faculty, staff, and current graduate students shared their expertise on graduate programs in student affairs. If you are interested, we have posted a recording of the webcast with a transcription here. Coming soon!
Resources for Undergraduates
Are you considering a career in Student Affairs, but are looking for more information? You have come to the right place! The Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals provides support and guidance to undergraduate students. Below you will find information ranging from conferences, where to look for a job, where to get the latest news on student affairs and some helpful reading material on the profession. The Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals provides two elected chairs to help support and recognize the needs of undergraduate students within ACPA. If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact Jess Colwell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jordan Edelman (email@example.com).
Are you still deciding if Student Affairs is right for you?
Are you interested in meeting other students who are interested in student affairs? Are you interested in talking with seasoned professionals? Then, the Next Generation Conference is for you! Next Gen is a unique opportunity for about 100 undergraduates from across the nation to learn about careers in student affairs. Participants will meet and learn from current graduate students, graduate preparation program faculty, and seasoned student affairs professionals who work at a variety of colleges and universities across the country for two days in March at the same location where ACPA's national conference takes place. To learn more about this opportunity, explore last year's Conference. Check out videos and quotes from Next Gen alumni, planning committee, and ACPA members about their experience with Next Gen! Check out more information about the Next Gen Conference.
Interested in having a mentor?
Are you interested in learning about student affairs from someone not on your undergraduate campus? Then the SCGSNP Mentoring Program is a great opportunity for you. This program will match you with a graduate student or new professional who will in turn assist you with everything you could want related to graduate school and student affairs. If you are interested please fill out this form and someone will be in contact with you shortly for pairing.
Are you trying to figure out which graduate preparation programs you should apply to?
ACPA has a comprehensive directory of Graduate Programs Preparing Student Affairs Professionals, developed by the Professional Preparation Commission of the American College Personnel Association. Make an informed decision about your choice to go to graduate school and find out more information here.
Are you interested in finding a job in the field?
Perhaps you have decided to get your feet wet in the field first before going to graduate school. Explore the list below of online job listings for positions in student affairs:
Are you interested in reading more about student affairs?
Student development research is the foundation the work our profession uses with undergraduate students. Take a few moments to read what some of the professionals have to say in our field:
Beginning Your Journey: A Guide for New Professionals in Student Affairs (2009)
Marilyn J. Arney & Lori M. Reesor
Job One: Experiences of New Professionals in Student Affairs (2004)
Peter Magolda & Jill Carnaghi
Where You Work Matters: Student Affairs Administration at Different Types of Institutions (2006)
Forgotten Promise: Race and Gender Wars on a Small College Campus
Gretchen Von Loewe Kreuter
Critical Issues for Student Affairs: Challenges And Opportunities (2006)
Arthur Sandeen & Margaret Barr
Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World (2009)
College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It
Theresa Foy DiGeronimo
Beyond Borders: How International Developments are Changing Student Affairs Practice (1999)
Jon C. Dalton
Learning Reconsidered 2: A Practical Guide to Implementing a Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience
Edited by Richard P. Keeling
Publishers: ACPA, NASPA, ACHUO-I, NACA, NACADA, ACU, NIRSA
Do you keep hearing about professional associations, but you're not sure what they are?
Professional associations are smaller groups of individuals within the larger profession of student affairs. Associations may be based on type of interest, region or division. Consider joining a professional association in your field(s) of interest - or at least check out its website. While not all associations have membership options for undergraduates, many may be willing to help you find a mentor in your field of interest. As of 2008, ACPA's undergraduate membership is just $25 per year.
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News, blogs, twitter - O, My!
Blogs and higher education news websites can be a great way to figure out from different perspectives both what's going on and what it's like to work in the field of student affairs.Inside Higher Ed