One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice

In the daily work of higher education administration, student affairs professionals know that different institutional types—whether a small liberal arts college, a doctoral intensive institution, or a big private university—require different practical approaches. In spite of this, most student affairs literature emphasizes a “one size fits all” approach to practice, giving little attention to the differing models of student affairs practice and their diversity across institutions. In the second one edition of this influential book, leading scholars Kathleen Manning, Jillian Kinzie, and John H. Schuh advocate an original approach by presenting 11 models of student affairs practice, including both traditional and innovative programs. In keeping with a qualitative, multi-institutional research project, One Size Does Not Fit All explores various policies, practices, and programs that give a contribution to increased student engagement, success, and learning.

New to this Revised Edition:

  • Refinement of models in light of latest NSSE data and current developments in higher education, including budget cuts and the economic crisis,
  • Updated information all over about model assessment and techniques to renew divisions of student affairs,
  • A deeper analysis of how models of student affairs practice relate to institutional mission and purposes,
  • End-of-chapter discussion questions to guide thinking about how you can incorporate models in one’s own context,
  • An entirely new Part IV, including chapters on “Catalysts and Tools for Change” and “Redesigning Your Student Affairs Division.”

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