College Student Personnel program

The Learning Environment: Higher Education Leadership

The CSP program is grounded in our belief that people and organizations grow through an experiential process that is mutually shaped, socially constructed, and historically situated. In small cohort-based classes you will discuss, question, experiment, research, wrestle with, and debate the issues, and the roots of those issues, that face student affairs professionals. Faculty and student affairs professionals across campus partner with you in this process. And, your cohort coming from a wide range of student affairs experience, locations, and backgrounds, add another layer of learning and growing during your time in the program.

The CSP program emphasizes the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies in the classroom and practical experiences, and meets the standards established by the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) for student affairs programs. Providing quality education in student affairs and higher education leadership is at the forefront of our mind.

The Higher Education Leadership courses are offered in a hybrid format (75% online, 25% in-person meetings three Saturdays per semester) at the WIU-Quad Cities campus in Moline, Illinois. This blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning allows our students to continue working in their full-time positions at colleges and universities while simultaneously earning their Masters degree.

Below is a picture of a face to face class day in the fall of 2019 and a video starring Cassie from the class of 2019 on the impact of class discussions!

Picture of the higher education leadership class of 2019