Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Alfred U: Graduate school adds new degree in college student development

The NYS Education Department has approved the addition of a master’s degree in college student development (CSD) to Alfred University’s (AU) graduate school offerings. Students may enroll for fall 2016 classes now.
AU’s new degree emphasizes several foundational courses in student affairs and helping relationships as well as a number of specialization courses.
Students will receive a comprehensive overview of the wide range of specialties within the profession. The degree is a student-centered, 48-hour program designed to meet ACPA (American College Personnel Association) and NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) competencies. Students in the full-time option can complete the program in two years without any summer commitments. There is also a three-year part-time option.
“For quite some time there has been a great deal of interest in reviving the master’s degree in college student development - and it makes so much sense for our campus to offer this degree,” said Dr. Kevin A. Curtin, program director and assistant professor of counseling. “I was particularly thrilled with the energy and excitement from our colleagues in the Division of Student Affairs in developing and championing this program.”
Kathy Woughter, AU vice president for Student Affairs, is an adjunct instructor for the new curriculum.
“I am thrilled that we have brought back our college student development master’s program, new and improved to meet the core competencies outlined by NASPA and ACPA. I can’t think of a better place to prepare student affairs educators than Alfred University.
“Our graduate students will have access to practitioners at all levels, outstanding faculty, and a wide range of assistantships that will prepare them for immediate employment as an entry- or mid-level professional,” said Woughter. 
“We will educate students for jobs in leadership development, student activities, outdoor leadership, student conduct, diversity programs, career development and much more. Graduates of our previous CSD program include student affairs vice presidents, student affairs directors (including at AU), career counselors, businesspeople who work with college communities, and many more,” she added.
Graduates of the current program will be prepared to work in a variety of entry-level or mid-management student affairs positions, including those in academics, administration, residential life, leadership, student activities, and various additional aspect of student life. 
Course topics include diversity and social justice, legal issue, student development theory, exceptional students, group work, assessment, program evaluation, career development, and practicums and internships.
The CSD program emphasizes both the development of relationships between faculty and students as well as the relationships among students. AU Student Affairs staff will be accessible and considered partners and collaborators in the program, so students have open-door access to practitioners as well as professors.
The program incorporates valuable experience into each semester of training, starting with graduate assistantships in a variety of student affairs offices, and the practicum and internship experiences.
During the first year, second semester, students participate in a 100-hour practicum in a specific student affairs placement (either on the AU campus or at neighboring institutions). During the final year, students complete a 600-hour internship over the course of the fall and spring semesters, under the supervision of a student affairs professional. Each student is connected to a practicum or internship opportunity that reflects their particular professional interests and career path.
All full-time students will receive a graduate assistantship (GA) that reduces tuition by 50 percent in exchange for seven-and-a-half hours of work per week, assigned by the program. Students may qualify for different and more competitive GA positions through the Office of Residence Life, the Center for Student Involvement, or the Athletics Department.
To learn more and/or to register for the CSD graduate program please visit: