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Student Development Disciplines

Career Services: The Student Development Outlier

By Drew Moser

Career Services (also known as Career Development, along with a number of other derivatives) holds an interesting and tenuous place in student development.

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Reentry: Maximizing Student Learning

By Jessica Fankhauser

“Unless today’s students develop the competence to function effectively in a global environment, they are unlikely to succeed in the 21st century” (The American Council on Education, 1995, p. 6). This claim has set the precedent for study abroad programs in higher education across the country. The perceived need for Americans to possess a thorough understanding of global issues and to emerge from college with an intercultural competency is not only emphasized by educators. A recent survey of over 300 U.S executives found that 72% desired for students to emerge from college able to understand and succeed in the growing global society (Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2007). To meet this desired emphasis on global engagement, colleges and universities have experienced the influx of study abroad programs in the last decade. As these programs continue to meet the growing demand for more students to study abroad, the question becomes not, “How do we create programs,” but rather, “How do we ensure their effectiveness aiding to students’ development?” The purpose of this article is to examine reentry practices in an effort to maximize the learning outcomes of study abroad experiences in the lives of students.

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The Senior Year Experience

By Taylor Ehrhard

There is a great myth that all seniors are ready for graduation and their impending transitions into careers or graduate education. A student’s state of readiness for a successful transition is not realized simply by the timing of graduation. In fact, many seniors are unclear about their goals, confused by the graduate school and job search processes, and worried about their future. (Smith & Gast, 1998, p. 191)

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The First-Year Experience

By Dauthan Keener

According to Hunter and Murray (2007), “[o]ver the past twenty-five years, increased attention has been devoted to the challenges students face as they transition into higher education. Student success and retention hang in the balance based on that transition” (p. 25). This flies in the face of the previous status quo, when faculty feelings towards students who could not cut it in college were unsympathetic. Jamelske (2009) points out that because more jobs than ever require a college degree, more students are pursuing degrees – which means that many students who might not have gone to college in decades past are now at universities, but many of them need some type of assistance adjusting to college.

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Moving from Conversation to Action: The Importance of Diverse Communities in Christian Higher Education

By Carlton Mitchell

The world that we live in is changing and it would behoove us as educators and administrators to not only understand but move to embrace many of the changes that are good for us. Gone is the day when we labor only alongside people from our own little hamlet and never travel outside the borders of our own state, our own country. We truly live in a global society where an email can connect one with a colleague thousands of miles away and one can text a person on another continent and receive a response almost instantly. Not very long ago...

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