The Role of Student Personnel in Higher Education

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The Role of Student Personnel in Higher Education: The Development, Guidelines, and Overview of Student Services

Student personnel in higher education play an important role in the overall success of the college and that of each and every student who engages in learning at that institution. The role of the student affairs office is undoubtedly one of the most diligent areas the college or university has. As history teaches us, almost all institutions have prided themselves on a strong foundation of quality education and academic success stemmed from principles which tie the college or university to student’s individual academic success. The overall goal of the student affairs office is linked to the overall goal and founded to support the academic mission of the college. About student services, the book states that it is the “consistent and persistent emphasis on and commitment to the development of the whole person.” (Komives, Dudley, & Assoc. 2003) We must consider that the comprehensive approach of each institution is lead by the student affairs personnel’s continuous commitment to encourage, support, and strengthen all students’ academic success. The field of student affairs arose from a variety of strands of college work. One strand emerged from the advising and counseling positions that developed on campuses--the personnel movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The other was through the proliferation of administrative and management functions as institutions of higher education grew in size and complexity during the late 19th and throughout the 20th century. The first Dean of Men was appointed at Harvard University in 1870. The number and type of advising, counseling, administrative, and management positions continued to increase throughout the 20th century to meet the evolving needs of institutions and the students who attend them. Other factors that contributed to the development of the field of student affairs include the...
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