ERIC Number: ED260332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-1
Reference Count: 0
Do Graduate Preparation Progams Address Competencies Important to Student Affairs Practice?
Hyman, Randy E.
Although much concern has been expressed about the quality of training and preparation of student affairs professionals, no studies have been reported which examine the perceptions of student affairs practitioners and faculty trainers regarding training for specified professional competencies. A national study was conducted to examine the perceptions of selected samples of 91 chief student affairs officers and 94 directors of housing at four-year postsecondary education institutions and 75 faculty members at institutions with departments offering master's programs in student personnel administration. A modification of the Tomorrow's Higher Education model enabled the identification of five competency categories of development: goal setting, consultation, communication, assessment and evaluation, and environmental and organizational management. Respondents rated 33 professional competencies within these categories indicating, for each competency, the extent to which they agreed that recent master's graduates possessed that competency and the extent to which they believed the competency was important for assuming an entry level staff position in student affairs. The results revealed significant differences between faculty and practitioners on graduates' competencies for each of the five categories, and for 29 of the 33 individual competencies. Faculty usually perceived students as possessing the competencies to a greater extent than did practitioners. All three samples rated each of the five categories as essential or important for assuming an entry level position in student affairs. Five data tables are provided. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (Portland, OR, March 31-April 3, 1985).