2nd Edition

One Size Does Not Fit All Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    In the second edition of this influential book, leading scholars Kathleen Manning, Jillian Kinzie, and John H. Schuh advocate an original approach by presenting 11 models of student affairs practice, including both traditional and innovative programs. Based on a qualitative, multi-institutional research project, One Size Does Not Fit All explores a variety of policies, practices, and programs that contribute to increased student engagement, success, and learning. This book is a must read for all higher education administrators and student affairs professionals.

    New to this Revised Edition:

    • Refinement of models in light of recent NSSE data and current developments in higher education, including budget cuts and the economic crisis,
    • Updated information throughout about model assessment and techniques to renew divisions of student affairs,
    • A deeper analysis of how models of student affairs practice relate to institutional mission and purposes,
    • End-of-chapter discussion questions to guide thinking about ways to incorporate models in one’s own context,
    • An entirely new Part IV, including chapters on "Catalysts and Tools for Change" and "Redesigning Your Student Affairs Division."

    Part One: Theoretical and Historical Foundation for Models of Student Affairs Practice

    Chapter One: Introduction: Models of Student Affairs Practice

    Chapter Two: Student Engagement and Success: Relationship to Student Affairs Models and Practice

    Chapter Three: Organizing Student Affairs: A Second Glance in the Rearview Mirror and a Further Look Ahead

    Part Two: Traditional Models of Student Affairs Practice

    Chapter Four: Out-of-Classroom-Centered Traditional Models

    Extra-curricular Model


    Chapter Five: Administratively-Centered Traditional Models

    Functional Silos Model

    Student Services Model

    Chapter Six: Learning-Centered Traditional Models

    Seamless Learning

    Competitive and Adversarial

    Part Three: Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice

    Chapter Seven: Student-Centered Innovative Models

    Ethic of Care

    Student Driven

    Student Agency

    Chapter Eight: Academic Centered Innovative Models

    Academic-Student Affairs Collaborative Model

    Academic Driven

    Part Four: Changing and Transforming Your Student Affairs Division

    Chapter Nine: Catalysts and Tools for Change

    Chapter Ten: Redesigning Your Student Affairs Division

    Appendix A: DEEP Research Method

    Appendix B: Models of Student Affairs Practice Inventory


    Kathleen Manning is Professor and Program Coordinator of Higher Education & Student Affairs at University of Vermont, USA.

    Jillian Kinzie is Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research & NSSE Institute at Indiana University, USA.

    John H. Schuh is Director of the School of Education and Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University, USA.

    "One size Does Not Fit All does a masterful job of identifying the types of student affairs organizations and the learning outcomes associated with each of them.  Educators and practitioners who are interested in organizational theory or who want to move their student affairs organization forward to improve student learning should read this book."

    —Gregory S. Blimling, Professor of College Student Affairs, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University

    "Manning, Kinzie, and Schuh have masterfully captured the range and complexity of organizational approaches to student affairs in the 21st century. This book is an essential resource for higher education professionals at all levels and a must-read for leaders who aim to invigorate student affairs practice at their institutions."

    —Frank Harris III, Associate Professor of Postsecondary Education and Student Affairs, San Diego State University