Title

Moving from Student Development to Student Success: Moving from Student Development to Student Success

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

New Directions for Community Colleges

Publication Date

2016

Abstract

By using a reconstructionist and critical theory approach, a review of student development theories demonstrates the problematic nature of such ideas as they continue to be used to shape student affairs practice in community colleges. Student affairs and student services in American community colleges are at a standstill. In the last two decades, the demographics and identity of community college students have changed dramatically. Conventional student development theory fails to support the needs of today's demographically diverse community college students and, as a result, practitioners at these institutions and the programs that prepare them are ill suited to support these students in this context. This essay raises questions about the student development theories that undergird student affairs and student services practice at community colleges in relation to student success.

DOI

10.1002/cc.20199

Keywords

Education

Disciplines

Education

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