Higher Education practitioners all around the world develop their own set of philosophical ideas and ideologies when they interact with students. As an aspiring higher education professional, I am just in the beginning of looking at what philosophies intrigue me the most. As I continue my journey, I will add more, but for now here are my my ideologies!!
Sanford’s Theory of Challenge and Support: Much of my experience has been in Residence Life & Housing, but as a result of my experience in Student Support, I have been exposed to a unique form of intervention that goes beyond intentionality. I think Challenge & Support not only allows students to grow, but enables them to ask for support when it is needed. An educational experience should not be something that is just given. The best experiences are earned and worked for. Sanford’s global theory of student development not only harnesses this approach of meaningful intervention, but requires students to take accountability for their own actions.
Tinto’s Theory of Student Departure: A lot of my research in my undergraduate has been geared towards retention and attrition. What this means for me is that I have an understanding of attrition in my school specifically as well as its global implications. I think Tinto was certainly on to something when he realized that outcomes from the institutional experience subsequently become inputs into the future outcomes. With all of these factors contributing to the student’s decision to retrain or attrit, it makes the interactions all that more meaningful in order to ensure retention.
Student Success Models: As a result of shifting times and a movement towards holistic student engagement success, student success models surrounding retention and well success came about. Using a variety of interventions to bridge programs, transition orientations, adjustment programs, intensive advising, and developmental course work, these types of models help engage all students regardless of their academic level. Whereas previous models of retention focuses on the student, student success models puts a portion of the obligation on institution to enable students to achieve their specific goals.