CSA Learning Outcomes

My learning in the College Student Affairs program at the Pennsylvania State University has focused on the development of competencies in six key learning outcomes.

My reflection on my overall growth in each learning outcome and my assessment of the competencies I have developed from working toward each outcome can be accessed by clicking on the link associated with each outcome.

The link immediately below connects to a page that highlights my ongoing periodic reflections on my growth in each learning outcome as I progressed throughout the program:

My Ongoing  Reflection on Learning Outcomes Throughout the Program

These learning outcomes and the competencies related to each are as follows:

Foundations of Student Affairs

Knowledge of and ability to articulate

  • historical, philosophical, and contextual foundations
  • contemporary issues in student affairs
  • role of Student Affairs within the broader context of higher education

Experience-based evidence of understanding of multiple functional areas within student affairs

Student Development and Outcomes

Understanding of

  • psychosocial, cognitive, college impact, and learning theories
  • selected counseling theories and practices
  • the characteristics of effective educational interventions

Ability to apply theory to practice in both specialized and generalist areas

Ability to apply theory to develop effective educational programs

Professional Competencies

Experience-based evidence of

  • management skills (projects, budgeting, marketing, legal issues, etc.)
  • program planning
  • program implementation

Demonstration of

  • active listening skills
  • empathy, integrity, and compassion in interactions with others
  • cross cultural communication skills
  • group facilitation
  • crisis intervention skills
  • mediation skills
  • leadership and teamwork skills

Knowledge and demonstration of adherence to applicable professional ethical standards

Inter and Intrapersonal Skills

Demonstration of

  • self-understanding and commitment to on-going development
  • interest in and ability to learn about individuals different than oneself
  • interest in and ability to learn about ideas and beliefs different than one’s own
  • self-management

Commitment To and Understanding of Issues Related  to Social Justice

Knowledge of existing systems of oppression (racism, sexism, ability, homophobia, etc.), how they influence students’ experiences, and the role of advocacy in student affairs

Evidence of integration of a social justice perspective in professional functions

Research and Assessment

Knowledge of and ability to

  • employ good practices that focus on the effectiveness of programs and services
  • design and implement thorough assessment efforts, including the identification of new key questions, resources, and target populations
  • create instruments and/or protocols for assessing important questions
  • identify, evaluate, and utilize existing instruments and protocols
  • analyze and utilize multiple sources of data to reach useable conclusions
  • credibly convey key findings/recommendations to stakeholders and constituents

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