College Student Personnel program


The College Student Personnel Program: Values and Purpose

In the College Student Personnel program, student learning and development is paramount both for the graduate students and for the students that they serve as a student affairs practitioners. This growth is facilitated in the program through student, faculty, and student affairs professional partnerships in the classroom and in practical experiences in the field of student affairs as a full-time professional or through assistantships, practicums, and summer internships, and guided by the values of theory-to-practice, ethical action, self-authorship, social justice, and transformative learning.

CSP program has a theory-to-practice orientation that includes coursework in student development theory, leadership development, groups dynamics, philosophy and history of higher education, organization and administration of student affairs, multicultural competency, counseling theory and techniques, and research methods. This approach in rooted in the standards and best practices established by the national student affairs organizations (American College Personnel Association-ACPA, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators-NASPA, and Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education-CAS). All of this preparation is aimed at helping you develop and grow as a leader and a reflective practitioner doing socially responsible work as student affairs professional in a variety of student settings, including residence life, student activities, fraternity/sorority life, admissions and student recruitment, academic advising, orientation, multicultural student programs, student retention, gender programs, career development, and experiential education.

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Hallmarks of Our Community:

  • Established in 1970, the program has graduated almost 900 alumni.
  • A two-year Master's of Science program that meets CAS standards, the most comprehensive and rigorous graduate preparation program standards within higher education.
  • Two tracks within the College Student Personnel program offers educational opportunities for both emerging professionals and experienced professionals.

 College Student Personnel: Student Affairs

  • The Student Affairs track provides you with the classroom and professional experiences needed to enter and advance in the field of student affairs.
  • A theory-to-practice model means that you have a space and place to apply your classroom learning facilitated through your full-time assistantship and practicum experiences –  required components of the this track.
  • In small cohorts of 22-25 students, you and your colleagues will learn, work, and support each other as students and student affair professionals.
  • Assistantships, practicums, and summer internship opportunities provide you up to five hands-on training experiences during the two years of the program.
  • CSP: Student Affairs is a high-residency, full-time graduate school option based on the WIU-Macomb campus.

College Student Personnel: Higher Education Leadership

  • The College Student Personnel: Higher Education Leadership track serves the educational and logistical needs of professionals like you who are currently engaged in student affairs (or closely related) work in a professional capacity.
  • The Higher Education Leadership track beginning its inaugural year in Fall 2015, and enrolls new students bi-annually (Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Fall 2019, and so on).
  • A theory-to-practice model means that the application of classroom concepts to real-world student affairs work is a critical part of your classroom discussions and course assignments.
  • In a small cohort of professionals, you and your colleagues will learn and support each other as students and student affair professionals.
  • CSP: Higher Education Leadership courses are offered in a low-residency, weekend model that blends in-person and on-line learning environments based on the WIU-Quad Cities campus.