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ERIC Number: ED298824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Educating Student Personnel Administrators: Recommended Standards and the University of Arizona Master's Program.
Von Destinon, Mark
The history of training programs for student services professionals is reviewed. As higher education meets with changes in social issues and student characteristics, student services professionals have had to improve the quality of the educational experience, attract new student groups, and retain students. In 1980, some professional associations formed the Council for the Advancement of Standards for Student Services/Development Programs (CAS), whose goal was to produce standards and guidelines to develop and assess programs for professional preparation at the master's degree level. The development of the recommended standards is reviewed through a comparison to the master's program in student services at the University of Arizona and a curricular analysis. Specific training for student services professionals is traced from its beginnings in 1916 in a course for advisors of women students, through the publication in 1937 of the landmark document entitled "The Student Personnel Point of View," to various professional association statements in the 1960s and 1970s. The current CAS Standards represent areas of performance related to effective practice, and they define characteristics of programs, recognizing student development, administration, and counseling. The review of the curriculum according to the CAS Standards indicates that the University of Arizona offers coursework in each of the recommended areas. The Conrad Pratt Curricular Decision Making Model is applied to the development of the Standards. The recommendations of the Standards are reflected in the curricula for student services professionals at the University of Arizona, though not in a prescriptive manner. A broad sample of institutions may be examined to determine if programs at other institutions match the Standards more closely. Though the Council represents progress toward development of standards within the student services profession, there is a need for further work. Contains 18 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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