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A Practitioner’s Guide to Supporting Graduate and Professional Students

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ISBN 9780367639884
February 15, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This guide helps faculty and student affairs practitioners better serve graduate and professional school students as they navigate what can be an isolating, taxing, and unfamiliar context.

Providing actionable strategies, as well as a common language for practitioners to advocate for themselves and for their students, this book is a quick start manual that defines current issues around graduate and professional student development. Drawing together current resources and research around postbaccalaureate student outcomes, this book explores the diverse student needs of graduate and professional students and provides a clear understanding of their social, personal, and psychological development and how to support their success.

Case studies showcase specific examples of practice including a holistic development model for graduate training; integrating academic, personal, professional, and career development needs; promising practices for engagement; a diversity, equity, and inclusion approach to access and outcomes; how graduate schools can be important partners to student affairs professionals; and examples of assessment in action.

This book provides tools, resources, communication strategies, and actionable theory-to-practice connections for practitioners, professionals, and faculty at all levels who work to support postbaccalaureate student thriving.

Appendix available for download online at www.routledge.com/9780367639884 on the tab that is entitled "Support Material."

Table of Contents

Part 1: Graduate Students by the Numbers: What We Know; What We Still Don’t Know

1. Introduction: Context, Research, and Applications
Katherine Hall-Hertel, Lisa C. O. Brandes, and Valerie A. Shepard

2. Brief History, Background, and Definitions
Matthew W. Imboden and Marlaina Kloepfer

3. Overview of Post-Baccalaureate Student Needs
Brandon S. McLeod and George S. McClellan

Part 2: State of the Field: Successful Strategies for Graduate and Professional Student Affairs

4. Transition to Graduate and Professional School
Tammy Briant Spratling and Sarah Valdovinos

5. Graduate Student Success and Socialization
Stephanie K. Eberle, Jamie Heck, Angie Cook, and Dawn Loyola

6. Graduate Student Engagement and Campus Programming
Mariann Sanchez and Trista Beard

7. A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Approach to Graduate Student Access and Outcomes
Matt Newlin, Maria Dykema Erb, and Kathy Wood

8. A Space and a Place for Graduate Education: Building Community and Belonging
Karen P. DePauw and Monika Gibson

9. Assessment: Using Data to Support Graduate Student Success and Program Effectiveness
Anne E. Lundquist and Christine Kelly

Part 3: What’s Next: Training Future Student Affairs Practitioners

10. Curriculum Project
April L. Perry and Katherine Hall-Hertel

11. Conclusion: Toward Thriving
Valerie A. Shepard and April L. Perry

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Valerie A. Shepard has worked as a student affairs practitioner for over a decade and has held leadership positions in the NASPA Administrators in Graduate and Professional Student Services (AGAPSS) Knowledge Community. She is a Senior Writer at UCLA Recreation, USA.

April L. Perry has more than fifteen years of experience across student affairs and academic units in higher education. She is currently Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Western Carolina University, USA.