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2nd Edition

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

ISBN 9780415843195
Published December 16, 2013 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

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."

Table of Contents

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

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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.

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Kathleen Manning

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"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