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Linking Theory to Practice

Case Studies for Working with College Students, 4th Edition

Edited by Frances K. Stage, Steven M. Hubbard


244 pages

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Framed by an overview of theories that guide student affairs practice, the cases in this book present a challenging array of problems that student affairs and higher education personnel face on campus, such as racial diversity, alcohol abuse, and student activism. This revised fourth edition contains 20 new cases reflecting current campus issues, including identity, study abroad, social media, bullying, housing and food insecurity, student activism, and other perennial campus issues. An excellent teaching tool, this book provides a comprehensive and realistic set of challenges to prepare aspiring student affairs professionals for the increasingly complex college environment.

Features include:

  • A structure that sets the stage for case study methods and links student affairs theory with practical applications.
  • Cases written by well-known and respected contributors set in a wide variety of institution types and locations.
  • Over 35 complex case studies reflecting the multifaceted issues student affairs professionals face in today’s college environment.


"This book provides a theoretical and practical resource for scholar-practitioners to learn and practice decision-making and critical thinking. This needed revision, with new cases involving social media, campus violence, and student activism, will invite thoughtful discussion about a challenging array of problems."

—Susan V. Iverson, Professor and Coordinator, Higher Education Leadership, Manhattanville College, USA.

"Stage and Hubbard continue to build a bridge between theory and practice in higher education and student affairs. This updated edition provides a first-rate framework for analyzing practical dilemmas and challenges decision makers to consider nuances of institutional history, political context, legal ramifications, and other critical factors. The variety, realism, and contemporary quality of the new cases also make it an ideal text for graduate courses and other forms of professional development."

—Tracy Davis, Professor and CSP Program Director, Western Illinois University, USA.

Praise for the 3rd Edition

"This book is an excellent resource for helping students consider how to apply theory to practical settings. It will encourage thoughtful reflection and discussion about how higher education and student development theories should influence our decision making."

—Korine Steinke Wawrzynski, Director of Undergraduate Research, Michigan State University, USA.

Table of Contents


Case Index


Chapter 1 The Role of Theory in a Practical World – Frances K. Stage

Chapter 2 Theory and Practice in Student Affairs – Steven M.Hubbard

Chapter 3 Case Analysis in Action – Frances K. Stage and Steven M. Hubbard

Take Back the Night: A Gauge of the Climate for Women on Campus

Jillian Kinzie and Patricia Muller

Chapter 4 Cases in Organization and Administration

Politically Driven Assessment Findings

Kim Yousey-Elsener

How Exactly Does Teamwork Make The Dream Work?

Tanisha Johnson-Campbell

A Die-in for Action and Institutional Response

Tara L. Parker and Gus Burkett

Less Drinking or Professional Sinking?

Katie Branch

Strategic Program Planning: Retooling an Initiative to Reach Its Potential

Paula Steisel Goldfarb

Challenged by Colleagues

Nick Voelker

Student Dissent at Warren Community College

Florence A. Hamrick, Catrina A. Gallo, and William R. Spear

Chapter 5 Cases in Admissions

All Things are Not Equal: Balancing College Access and Completion

Tara L. Parker and Kathleen Neville

Data Based Admissions

Sara Randall Johnson

Navigating Politics and Mission in College Enrollments

Maurice Shirley

Creating a Diverse Class: A College in Crisis

Paula Steisel Goldfarb

The May Tattoo

Dave Eng

Chapter 6 Cases in Advising and Counseling

Identity Confusion on Study Abroad in South Africa

Teboho Moja

Academic Integrity and the Humanities

Michelle Dionne Thompson

Same-Sex Domestic Violence Reporting on Campus

Daniel Holub

Supporting Online Learners at Interurban University

Kristen Sosulski and Steven Goss

Did That Really Just Happen? Yeah, It Did

Tanisha Johnson-Campbell

Food and Housing Insecurity

Karina Malave

Policy and Communication Issues in Student Affairs

Megan Murphy

Should I Say No to My Dream Job?

Kevin Grubb

Chapter 7 Cases on Academic Issues

Community College Developmental Mathematics

Katherine Conway

Applying Academic Policy to Evolving Course Platforms

Sarah Randall-Johnson

Assessing and Addressing Issues for Working Class Transfer Students

Michael Funk

Racial Dynamics in the College Classroom

Tara L. Parker and Kathleen Neville

Protecting Academic Integrity

Megan Murphy

Disappointed, Dismayed, Dismissed? Investigating a Forgery

Justine M. Kelly-Fierro

Strategies When Faced With Declining Enrollments

Katherine Conway

Promoting Young Scientists

Valerie Lundy-Wagner

Chapter 8 Cases Regarding Identity

Student Media and the "Satirization" of American Indian Life

Sandi M. Wemigwase and Michael J. Dumas

Freedom of Speech?

Michael Funk

Our Identity

Dave Eng

Cyberbullying on Campus

Sara Klein

Implicit Bias in a Career Office?

Jennifer Leibowitz

Growing Presence of Muslim Students at St. Francis Xavier University

Mark Hummell

Chapter 9 Cases in Campus Life

They Won't Fire the Whole Staff

Kim Yousey-Elsener

A Case of Religious Intolerance at Greenwich University

Shadia A. Sachedina

Intercollegiate Athletics at Clayton College

Ginelle John

Hate in the Ivory Tower: When the Walls Come Tumbling Down

John P. Downey

The Design on the Door

Rebecca Novick

About the Editors

About the Case Study Authors


About the Editors

Frances K. Stage is Professor of Higher and Postsecondary Education at New York University, USA.

Steven M. Hubbard is Director of Student Affairs in the School of Medicine at New York University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Counseling / General