College Student Affairs Journal

College Student Affairs Journal is an academic journal focusing on College Student Affairs

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, 2014

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Perspectives of Black Male Students on the Importance of "Focus"
Black male achievement in the community college has been a topic of increasing interest in recent years (Bush, 2004, Bush & Bush, 2010; Flowers, 2006; Perrakis, 2008; Wood & Palmer, 2012). This interest is evidenced by the proliferation of Black...
A Conceptual Model of Division I Student-Athletes' Career Construction Processes
Throughout the late 1900s and early 21st century, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I intercollegiate athletic departments have emerged as multimillion dollar operations nested within institutions of higher education (Lapchick,...
A CYCLE OF RETENTION: Peer Mentors' Accounts of Active Engagement and Agency
Retention initiatives have evolved in an effort to address the needs of rapidly diversifying student populations. Recent literature on reten- tion programs reflects this evolution and high- lights the importance of building inclusive campus communities...
An Examination of Community College Senior Student Affairs Officers', Role Perception, Job Satisfaction, and Propensity to Leave Their Institutions
The role of the community college senior stu- dent affairs officer (SSAO) is complex and crucial to effective leadership of their student services organization. Several factors contrib- ute either positively or negatively to their role perception, which...
A Phenomenological Approach to Understanding First-Generation College Students' of Color Transitions to One "Extreme" Predominantly White Institution
The transition to college is both challenging and stressful for students (Hill & Magolda, 2008); however, this transition is even more daunting for students of color and first-generation students. First-generation Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Native...
CONSTRUCTING DISABILITY: Case Studies of Graduate Students and New Professionals with Disabilities in Student Affairs
INTRODUCTIONIn recent years, the experiences and needs of individuals with disabilities and the meaning of disability in our society have received greater attention. However, the experiences and needs of graduate students and new pro- fessionals in student...
CONTROLLING PARENTS SURVEY: Measuring the Influence of Parental Control on Personal Development in College Students
A sense of personal control is essential to our identity, effectiveness, relationships, health, and well-being (Shapiro & Astin, 1998; Shap- iro, Schwartz & Astin, 1996). Yet over the last 2 decades, there has been a disturbing decrease in personal...
EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGIC PLANNING: Using Mixed Methods and the Social Ecological Model to Target Student Financial Stress
I was encouraged by an outside source to come here because I had a great chance of receiving a decent financial package since I was a first-generation low-income student. Unfortunately, I have found myself caught up in constant worry since I started...
Exploring the Gender Identity Roles of Entry-Level Men in Student Affairs
Research has shown a steady and significant decrease in the percentage of men relative to their female counterparts the entering the stu- dent affairs profession since 1972 (Hamrick & Carlisle, 1990; McEwen, Engstrom, & Wil- liams, 1990; McEwen,...
From the Editors
In November 2013, the Southern Association for College Student Affairs Executive Council chose us, Dr. Aaron Hughey and Dr. April Heiselt as the new coeditors of the College Student Affairs Journal. It was an honor to be selected for this position and...
GENDER AND SERVICE-LEARNING: Effects on the Perceived General Self-Efficacy of Honors Undergraduates
College success is not solely contingent on students' academic background or academic self-concept and achievement expectancies (Gordon, 1989; House, 1993; Vollmer, 1986). Students' instructional activities and out-of-class experiences also impact performance...
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO THE MEETING? African American Student Leadership Experiences Unpacked
African American students have served in leadership capacities at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) and predominantly White institution (PWI) college campuses (Allen, 1986; Cuyjet, 2006; Ervin, 2001; Feagin, 1992; Fleming, 1984;) in...
LEARNING TO TRANSFORM: Implications for Centering Social Justice in a Student Affairs Program
INTRODUCTIONThe purpose of this study is to investigate the educative spaces that best support the devel- opment of critically engaged student affairs practitioners; professionals that will model socially just practices in cocurricular set- tings. Further,...
OPPOSING FORCES: An Organizational View of Transfer Policies and Practices
In higher education today, one third of all col- lege students transfer from one institution to another at least once, with most transferring from 2-year to 4-year campuses (Shapiro et al., 2013). Even though many of these students intend to earn bachelor's...
The Impact of Peers and Perceptions on Hooking Up
Hooking up is common on college campuses, but evidence shows that students overestimate the sexual permissiveness of their peers (Barriger & Vélez-Blasini, 2013; Chia & Gunther, 2006; Freitas, 2008; Holman & Sillars, 2011; Lambert, Kahn,...
THE ROLE OF ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES ON COLLEGE OUTCOMES: A Retrospective Study of Division I Male and Female Student-Athletes
Over the years, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and others have intensified their efforts to improve the overall educational experiences of Division I studentathletes. The impetus behind this interest is perhaps in response to the...
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