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The following courses are required for the master's program in College Student Affairs.

CSPA 5001 The 21st Century College Student

An examination is made of students in higher education to prepare professionals for the various groups they will serve. Focus is given to the ever-changing student clientele, its subgroups and cultures. Along with student development theories, student characteristics, attitudes, values and broad issues regarding their participation in the educational experience will be explored. Offered fall.

CSPA 5002 Current Issues and Trends in Higher Education

Staying abreast of current issues and trends in higher education is critical to becoming a competent student affairs educator. This course is designed to expose students to a variety of current issues and trends in higher education that have a dramatic impact on the student affairs profession and on our work as student affairs educators. Strategies to address major issues will be discussed. Offered winter.

CSPA 5003 The College Student and the Law

Increasingly the courts play a pivotal role in the lives of student affairs practitioners. From student judicial cases to Supreme Court decisions on activity fees, a broadbased understanding of the law related to higher education is essential. This course will examine the impact of the legal system on both public and private colleges and universities as well as explore model student codes of conduct. Offered summer.

CSPA 5004 Administration in College Student Affairs Work

This course will examine attributes, skills and institutional conditions within student personnel work that impact effective administration. Some of the major areas to be explored include personnel practices, supervision, budget, finance, program development, short/long range planning, and internal and external governing bodies. An interactive course design will allow for hands-on practical applications and the development of well-grounded practitioners. Offered fall.

CSPA 5005 College Student Affairs and the Greater University

Comprehensive professional training involves a working knowledge of the total educational environment. Frequently, practitioners miss opportunities for collaboration due to a lack of understanding of the mission of other university functions. Included within this course are the roles of faculty, athletics, development, business, and physical plant among others. Students will gain greater insight into the inner workings of institutions. Offered winter.

CSPA 5006 Student and Adult Development in College

This course will focus on developing an understanding of students' intellectual, cognitive, social, moral, and identity development during the college years. Issues related to adult student development in the college setting will also be explored. Student development theories, research and current practices related to student development will be presented. Offered fall.

CSPA 5040 Human Factors

This course presents communication theories relevant to conflict resolution as well as theories about understanding, analyzing, and managing conflict. The course focuses on the human and emotional aspects of conflict, and includes the influence of gender and culture. This course is pragmatic as well as theoretical, and presents communication and conflict resolution models in a practice-based approach. Offered all terms.

CSPA 5100 Mediation Theory and Practice

This course examines theories, methods, and techniques of mediation. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of mediation skills. Offered fall and winter. Prerequisite: CSPA 5040

CSPA 5200 Research Design and Program Evaluation

This course focuses on the development of applied research skills appropriate for dispute resolution practitioners, including basic research tools, assessment, social science research, current research in the field, and an introduction to program evaluation through analysis of published work. Offered winter and summer.

CSPA 6000 Organizational Conflict: Theory and Practice

This course examines organizations, the causes and manifestations of organizational conflict, and interventions including: organizational theories, organizational development, systems theories, group dynamics, and dispute systems design. Students will learn to apply theory to the assessment of conflict and the design of appropriate intervention models within organizations, and will be introduced to consultation models. Offered summer.

CSPA 6140 Facilitation Theory and Practice

This course develops students' skills in working with groups. It incorporates theories and models of group dynamics, facilitation, and group development, as well as workshop development and delivery. This course uses a practice-based approach, including role-plays and workshop presentations. Offered all terms - fall and winter online; summer on campus.

CSPA 6130 Practicum I

This supervised practicum experience offers students the opportunity to explore a breadth of student affairs functions thereby gaining exposure, knowledge and experience in the variety of services and programs that make up a college/university division of student affairs. Students may select to generally explore all of the functional departments within the division, or select specific functions they wish to learn more about: residential life, housing, career services, student union, student activities, leadership development, recreation and wellness, volunteer services, special events, judicial programs, and the office of the dean of students. By experiencing the -big picture' of the functions, programs and services of the division of student affairs, students will have the opportunity to be exposed to the numerous professional positions and opportunities available to them upon graduation. Offered all terms.

CSPA 6160 Practicum II

This supervised practicum experience offers students the opportunity to gain in-depth exposure, knowledge and practical experience in a selected area of specialization in student affairs that supports their professional goals, and will assist them in being prepared to work in a professional student affairs position in a college or university upon graduation. Students may select to focus their experience in: residence life (including conflict resolution and mediation services), housing, career services, student union, student activities, student leadership training and development, recreation and wellness, volunteer services, student judicial affairs, special events, orientation, and professional program student services. Students may elect to complete this phase of their practicum experience at Nova Southeastern University or at another college or university. Offered all terms. Prerequisite: CSPA 6130

CSPA 6300 Applied Research & Assessment in Student Affairs I

This course is designed to provide actual experience in designing and conducting an assessment or research project in a student affairs organization. The course is delivered in two 3-credit hours segments. This segment is designed to provide guidance in the conceptualization and writing of a student affairs assessment or research project. Project design topics discussed are: the research process, conceptualizing the project topic and proposal, developing a project proposal prospectus, and clear and effective writing. At the end of this segment, a project proposal prospectus focused on conducting assessment or research in an actual student affairs organization will be completed. Offered fall.

CSPA 6330 Applied Research & Assessment in Student Affairs II

This course is designed to provide actual experience in designing and conducting an assessment or research project in a student affairs organization. The course is delivered in two 3-credit hour segments. In this segment the project proposal will be used as a basis to conduct the proposed assessment or research. With the guidance of a faculty member or student affairs administrator, students will conduct the research, analyze the results, and based upon the results, make recommendations related to the research topic to the organization. Students will write a paper that will describe the project, discuss related research and literature, and describe the methodology used to collect data, discuss the results of the research, and draw conclusions from the study that lead to recommendations to the organization. Offered winter. Prerequisite: CSPA 6300

Following is a sample degree plan for full-time students who begin their studies in Fall term. Degree plans will be developed during a student's first term and modified based on student enrollment date and pace of study.

Degree Plan: 45 credit hours

YEAR 1
Fall (September) CSPA 5001 - The 21st Century College Student CSPA 5004 - Administration in College Student Affairs Work CSPA 5040 - Human Factors
Winter (January) CSPA 5002 - Current Issues and Trends in Higher Education CSPA 5006 - Student and Adult Development in College CSPA 5200 - Research Design and Program Evaluation
Summer (April) CSPA 6000 - Organizational Conflict: Theory and Practice CSPA 6140 - Facilitation Theory and Practice CSPA 5003 - The College Student and the Law
YEAR 2
Fall (September) CSPA 6130 - Practicum I CSPA 5100 - Mediation Theory and Practice CSPA 6300 - Applied Research and Assessment in Student Affairs I
Winter (January) CSPA 6160 - Practicum II CSPA 5005 - College Student Affairs and the Greater University CSPA 6330 - Applied Research and Assessment in Student Affairs II
Summer (April) Comprehensive Exam Graduation
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