College Student Personnel program

Institutional Site Visit

During the first semester in the CSP Program, you will enroll in CSP 554: Organization and Administration of Student Affairs.  This class provides a macro view of colleges and universities including governing boards, organizational structure, institutional leadership, and how student affairs as a field fits into organizational structures. (Being able to analyze organizational structures and institutional leadership helps you advocate for students and funding in your future professional roles!) To help diversity your perspective of structural options, increase your awareness of the impact on student affairs functions, and refine your analytical skills, you and your classmates select, visit, and interview professionals at a college or university of your choice including the Chief Student Affairs Officer. Past institutions groups have visited include the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Missouri, and the University of Iowa! Click the title link above to hear individual stories of site visits for the last three years! 

"Our site visit was a great experience all around, and we really enjoyed the practitioners and students we met and conversed with. During our visit to the University of Kansas, we learned a lot about the operations of their campus, ranging from their advising center procedures to their unique student Code of Conduct. We met with three different functional areas and the Vice President of Student Affairs. It gave me a broader perspective of how varying student affairs can be on a certain campus and I appreciated going through this experience with my group."

Laura Casey ‘20

“My site visit group chose to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison! Only having significant administrative experience working at Western, a mid-sized school, it was so interesting to see how a Big 10 school ran things. Our group also met up with all of the CSP alumni currently working at UW Madison and we had an amazing lunch connecting over CSP, Western, and our experiences in Macomb. Overall it was a great experience!”

Erin Childers ‘21

"Having the opportunity to meet with an array of Student Affairs professionals through our virtual site visit with Iowa State University was an eye-opening experience. Although not in-person due to COVID-19, I left our discussions with a great understanding of the Universityand their Student Affairs philosophy." 

Eiran Saucedo-Rodarte ‘22

Program Intervention

One favorite project of both the faculty and the students is the program intervention you will do in your third semester CSP 597: Theory to Practice I course! In this course, you will spend the whole semester putting together an intervention to support the success of a specific student population. In addition to putting together an intervention, students also create a plan to access student learning based on your intervention. This year some intervention titles included: Each Other's Keepers: A Hazing Prevention Workshop for Fraternity and Sorority Life Students, Programming and Policy Across SOGI Spectrum, and Learn to Thrive, Not Survive: Mental Health for Graduate Students.

"Begin Changing"

A highlight during the third semester is CSP 555: Advising & Helping Skills where you examine the major theories of counseling and gain an understanding of basic counseling skills in the college student personnel setting.  While seemingly minor, one on-going project throughout the course is to “make a change about yourself”. In addition to changing, you keep a journal on the experiences while going through this change. One of the course objectives is to develop self-awareness about personal attitudes as well as emotional disposition, and engage consistently in reflection on this process.

“This assignment is important for perspective taking. We ask other people to make changes all the time without a good understanding of the stages of change and how ambivalence influences motivation. When we live it, we know it. This first-hand knowledge allows us to normalize ambivalence and relapse thus reducing shame around change.”

-Amy Buwick
djunct Faculty & Director of the University Counseling Center