Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning Goal 1

Candidates in the CSPA program will demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical, and professional knowledge necessary for successful performance in their field. 

Students will: 
  • Know and demonstrate the ability to apply relevant student development theories to professional situations and student activities.
    Know and demonstrate the ability to apply relevant counseling theories and techniques in working with individuals and groups.
  • Know and demonstrate the ability to apply laws relevant to American higher education to policies and programs.
  • Know and demonstrate the ability to apply relevant leadership theories to professional situations and student activities.
  • Know and demonstrate the ability to apply the lessons of the history of higher education and student affairs in the United States to professional situations.
  • Know and demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of multicultural competence.
  • Know and apply Jesuit educational values in multiple institutional settings.

Learning Goal 2

Candidates in the CSPA program will demonstrate professional skills and dispositions necessary for successful performance in their field.

Students will: 
  • Demonstrate the ability to write effectively
  • Demonstrate the ability to give professional presentations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to find, read, and evaluate scholarly research on professional topics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct, plan, and assess out-of-class experiences.

Learning Goal 3

Candidates in the CSPA program will demonstrate willingness to use their skills to benefit and serve society.  Within the contexts of their work, candidates promote authentic learning, social and emotional development, and a commitment to social justice in environments that foster respect for diversity and the dignity of all.  

Students will: 
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and work with diverse students and staff.
  • Demonstrate the ability to model cura personalis in professional interactions.

Learning Goal 4

Candidates will demonstrate self-reflection as a habit of mind, continuously assessing and refining their professional practice as they construct a rich repertoire of research-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective performance ensuring that all students and/or clients have optimal opportunities to learn and grow.

Students will:
  • Demonstrate the ability to make responsible and ethical professional decisions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.

Learning Goal 5

Candidates will become adept at applying their acquired knowledge in the process of evaluating their own professional performance and decision-making with respect to its impact on students and/or clients, organizations, and the wider community.

Students will:
  • Demonstrate the capacity for self-reflection and professional development.