Week 4 – Assignment
Conduct and Report on the Interview
[WLOs: 4, 5] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3]
Prior to beginning this assignment, read the resource A Short Guide for Conducting Research Interviews (Links to an external site.) and the article Bridging the Gaps: Connecting Student Services to Promote Student Success (Links to an external site.).
Now that you have selected a student services topic category, refined and identified a related issue, and scheduled an interview to take place during or before Day 2 of Week 4 (which is Wednesday of this week), it is time to conduct your interview (if you have not already done so), and write up a report on how it went and your thoughts going forward toward the Final Paper.
During the interview, you are required to ask, at minimum, the following six questions, plus the two or three questions you developed on your selected topic area and issue, plus any other questions that address areas important to you:
- Why did you decide to pursue a career in student services?
- What skills/competencies do you feel are necessary for a career in student services and why?
- What do you think is the purpose of student services in higher education?
- What are some strategies for being successful in the field of student services?
- What are some challenges with a career in student services?
- How do you collaborate with faculty to support student success?
As an optional exercise, address any other considerations, ideas, nuances, or resources that may help you consider a career in student services.
This assignment should include and address the following items:
- Summarize briefly the interviewee’s responses to the main questions you asked, including the five required questions, and the two or three questions you wrote in Week 1 (and may have refined since then) on your selected topic area and issue. (This will require that you provide the questions as well as summarize the answers.)
- Describe in more depth what you consider the main points of your interview, including citations of the most important and useful exchanges that took place.
- Explain the major takeaways from the interview and how you intend to integrate the associated insights into your Final Paper.
- Identify remaining questions or new questions that came up during the interview.
- Describe research you might undertake regarding these questions before you write the Final Paper.
The Conduct and Report on the Interview paper
- Must be three to five 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 to support and validate the issues presented in the paper.
- 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 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.
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