Week 1 – Assignment
History and Philosophy of Student Services
[WLO: 3] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3]
Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read the article The Role of Student Services in the Improving of Student Experience in Higher Education (Links to an external site.) and explore the NASPA Focus Areas (Links to an external site.) web page, which identifies focus areas that are critical to the student services profession. This web page will help you choose the topic area and issue for this assignment, and also help you with the interview and Final Paper.
As you read in the introduction to Week 1, the activities for this course include a Final Paper that is based on an interview with a student services professional along with synthesis of the materials in the course and individual research. For this assignment, you are required to select a topic or issue relevant to the student services profession to discuss with your interviewee, and then to write a paper to analyze the issue and to develop two or three additional questions on that topic/issue to ask during the interview.
Following are some topic areas you might consider for your interview or research (you may derive your issue from one on this list or develop a topic of your own):
- Increasing enrollment in higher education by distance learners, online learners, and older adult learners
- Increasing diversity of student body (race, ethnicity, immigration status, sexuality, gender)
- Economic disparities among college students
- Social media and its impact for student code of conduct policies and enforcement
- Increased business applications of competition
Once you have selected a topic area, begin to refine your topic to address a problem, issue, or question relevant to the student services profession. Through the remainder of the course, this refined topic will be called your issue. To help you with your topic, search in the Ashford University Library and/or other sources of credible literature to find two articles, at least one of which is scholarly, that address or inform the issue or question you are thinking about.
Once you have selected a topic area and a related issue or question, this assignment has two parts.
For the first part, identify, summarize, and analyze your topic area and issue. In this part of the assignment, address the following items:
In the introduction,
- Describe the topic area and issue.
- Explain why the topic and issue are important and of interest to you.
For help writing the introduction and conclusion of the paper, review the Ashford University Writing Center’s Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) resource.
In the body of your paper,
- Describe your thinking on this issue and your position, insofar as you have one at this point.
- Assess how the thinking and ideas provided in researched articles are relevant to your topic and issue.
- Explain how addressing your topic and issue might shift the direction, focus, or concern for student services professionals.
For the second part of this assignment,
- Draft two or three interview questions on the selected topic and issue that you would like to ask the person you will be interviewing in Week 4. These questions will be addressed to the interviewee along with five Required Questions for the Interview download.
- Provide your rationale for asking these questions, stating clearly what you hope to find out and why.
- Reflect on how the issue or problem you have in mind has implications for student service professionals and your present and/or future career.
The Analytical Paper paper
- Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).
- Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
- Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
- For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Ashford Writing Center resources.
- Must use at least two credible sources, at least one of which is scholarly, in addition to the course text.
- The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
- To assist you in completing the library research required for this assignment, view this Ashford University Library Quick ‘n’ Dirty (Links to an external site.) tutorial, which introduces the Ashford University Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.
- Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. See the Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.
- Review the Writing Center’s Grammarly (Links to an external site.) page before you submit your written assignment. Set up a Grammarly account (if you have not already done so), and use Grammarly to review a rough draft of your assignment. Then, carefully review all issues identified by Grammarly and revise your work as needed.