Traditionally, the psychological aspects of the graduate and professional student experience have fell on academic departments or the graduate college. An increasing number of student services professionals, however, are now including the graduate and professional student under their umbrella of service. This volume is a response to the demand from these professionals for more research based information and advice addressing the needs of these graduate and professional students.
This is the 115th volume of New Directions for Student Services, a quarterly journal published by Jossey–Bass.
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1. If You Want to Know, Ask: Assessing the Needs and Experiences of Graduate Students (Becki Elkins Nesheim, Melanie J. Guentzel, Ann M. Gansemer–Topf, Leah Ewing Ross, Cathryn G. Turrentine)
Assessment offers institutions opportunities to better understand, and design services and programs to meet, the needs and experiences of graduate and professional students.
2. Graduate and Professional Student Development and Student Affairs (Ann M. Gansemer–Topf, Leah Ewing Ross, R. M. Johnson)
Adult and student development theory can be used to inform understanding of the graduate and professional student experience.
3. Seeking Balance in Graduate School: A Realistic Expectation or a Dangerous Dilemma? (Chris Peterson Brus)
Who are today s graduate and professional students? What is the impact of personal characteristics and life experience on the educational experience?
4. Principles for Good Practice in Graduate and Professional Student Engagement (Jason L. Pontius, Shaun R. Harper)
The authors present a set of principles for good practice and highlight effective programming and services for graduate and professional students.
5. The Hidden Curriculum in Medical and Law Schools: A Role for Student Affairs Professionals (Linda A. McGuire, Julie Phye)
This chapter explores how student affairs professionals can play a role in the professional and ethical development of students in medical and law school.
6. Career Services for Graduate and Professional Students (Tom Lehker, Jennifer S. Furlong)
Career services can be provided through a variety of models based on the student population and the institutional structure.
7. Graduate Student Centers: Building Community and Involving Students (Lisa C. O. Brandes)
The author discusses the role of a graduate student center and presents a case study of the development of the McDougal Center at Yale University.
8. Throwing Pebbles at Stonehenge: Advocating for Graduate and Professional Students (Melanie J. Guentzel, Becki Elkins Nesheim)
The volume editors identify common themes that run through the chapters and set out the implications for practice and research.
Melanie J. Guentzel is director of graduate student services at St. Cloud State University and a doctoral candidate in student affairs administration and research at the University of Iowa.
Becki Elkins Nesheim is the director of institutional research at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.