This chapter provides an overview of the history and the status of the student affairs profession. The history of the student affairs profession, as reflected in the philosophical literature of the field, has generally been portrayed as a sequence of three major eras, each characterized by a corresponding orientation toward professional practice: student services, student development, and student learning. With the establishment of a commonly held professional philosophy that incorporates a commitment to holistic learning, the student affairs field has since turned its attention to articulation of uniform standards of professional preparation and practice. Thus, more widespread engagement of higher education and student affairs scholars in the study of emerging adulthood could potentially advance understanding of both college student development and emerging adulthood generally. The substantive knowledge of the student affairs field is by its nature a “moving target, " as both the theories that inform professional practice and the underlying body of research remain in a state of flux.
Emerging Adulthood and Higher Education: A New Student Development Paradigm
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