College Student Personnel program

Institutional Site Visit

During their first semester in the CSP Program, students enroll in CSP 554, Organization and Administration.  This class is designed to teach students about administrative procedures, organizational structure, budgeting, and planning.  One of the assignments given to students is an institutional site visit.  The purpose of this assignment is to familiarize students with different types of institutions and their structure.  In groups, students visit an institution of their choice and meet with the Chief Student Affairs Officer and other student affairs professionals to gather information about the different functional areas. Click the title link above to hear individual stories!

Internship Learning Experience

In the third semester, CSP students are asked to formally bring theory into their practice through the Internship Learning Experience project. This project asks students to find an area within their assistantship that can be reinterpreted as a learning experience for the participants. . Once the project is identified, students use classroom materials to ,including The Art of Changing the Brain and The Blind Spot (see bottom of articles for citations), as inspiration for constructing an environment and implementing activities to foster learning and growth. The assignment culminates with a conference-style series of presentations where each student shares their project with  the campus community. Click the link above to learn more about the assignment from the CSP students and the faculty member teaching the course, Dr. Sarah Schoper.


In the course CSP 581: Group Dynamics, students explore the theories and concepts connected to group development, leadership, and sources of power. The laboratory component of this class involves small groups of students applying and reflecting on the concepts of the class while engaging in a project that "makes the world a better place". Check out the highlights of one group's unfolding experience by clicking the link above!