Current Issues and Trends In Student Affairs – EDUC 785

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

An overview of the current issues and trends in the field of student affairs administration.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


It is important for student affairs professionals to be aware of various issues that affect students in higher education and to be well-informed of the current research in their field. The purpose of this course is to provide a knowledge base concerning issues and trends in the field of higher education administration, specifically the area of student affairs. Candidates will also begin to consider areas of interest for their own future research.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be 300 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and support assertions with at least two scholarly citations in APA format. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to two other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words and incorporate at least one scholarly citation in current APA format. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

Analytical Essay Assignments (6)

Candidates will research a topic of interest related to the student affairs profession and analyze how student development theory informs current research and best practices in the field. This assignment will be completed in stages throughout the course.

Analytical Essay: Part 1 - Overview and Topic Assignment

The candidate will provide an overview of a functional area of student affairs and a current issue associated with this area. This will eventually be the Overview section of the candidate's Analytical Essay final assignment. This assignment should be 2 - 3 paragraphs in length and include at least 2 citations. A title page and references page are required. Current APA formatting must be evident throughout all areas of the assignment.

Analytical Essay: Part 2 - Student Development Theory Essay Assignment

This assignment must be 300 – 500 words, not including the required title and references pages. The candidate must also include citations from at least two scholarly peer-reviewed or news article sources published within the past five years. Additionally, he/she should reference the Long (2012) article, if appropriate. Current APA formatting must be evident throughout all areas of the assignment.

Analytical Essay: Part 3 - Annotated Bibliography Assignment

The candidate will review 10 articles from peer-reviewed journals or reputable news sources published within the last five years and related to a current issue in student affairs that he/she plans to focus on in his/her Analytical Essay. For each source, the candidate will provide an annotation of two paragraphs.

Analytical Essay: Part 4 - Outline Assignment

The candidate will create an outline to begin organizing ideas for the full essay. The outline should include the major headings listed and follow current APA formatting. The student must use at least seven sources from his/her Analytical Essay: Part 3 - Annotated Bibliography Assignment and include the citations for those under the appropriate subheadings. For this assignment, the candidate will only include subheadings and citations for the major ideas he/she plans to expand upon in his/her essay. Do not write out full sections of the essay for this assignment.

Analytical Essay: Part 5 - Rough Draft Assignment

For this assignment, the candidate will submit a rough draft of his/her final essay by compiling the previous Analytical Essay Assignments. The rough draft must be 1,200-1,500 words in length, excluding the title page, abstract, and references.

Analytical Essay: Part 6 - Final Draft Assignment

The candidate will use the instructor’s feedback from Analytical Essay: Part 5 – Rough Draft Assignment to make revisions and submit the final version. The final assignment will be a 1,200-1,500 word essay using current APA formatting.

(CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Current Issue Essay Assignments (2)

The candidate will complete four current issue essays in this course. Each essay must be 600-800 words in length and include citations from four sources in APA format. Each essay must be submitted in Canvas and follow the specific instructions located in the Assignment Instructions. (CLO: B, C, D)

Comparative Scholarly Works Assignment

The candidate will complete a writing assignment in which they synthesize research articles from the annotated bibliography assignment. The Comparative Scholarly Works assignment must follow the specific instructions and template located in the Assignment Instructions. (CLO: C, E)

Personal Reflection Essay Assignment

Candidates will reflect on what they have learned in the course and discuss how their research will impact their current professional practices in a 300-500 word essay. This essay should also include citations from 3-4 sources. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module(s): week(s). Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 2-hour time limit (CLO: A, C).