Student Affairs Professionals in the Community College: Critically Examining Preparation Programs From a Social Justice Lens

Amanda O. Latz, C. Casey Ozaki, Dan W. Royer, Anne M. Hornak

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Abstract

To support the success of community college students, the role of student affairs professionals is critical. Therefore, adequate preparation of student affairs professionals who work in community college settings is paramount. However, literature focused on the intersection between the community college, student affairs, and graduate preparation is sparse, suggesting that too little is known about the preparation of student affairs professionals exiting graduate education and entering a community college setting. We frame this dearth of literature as an issue of social justice. The lack of focus on community colleges within student affairs preparation programs further reinforces a systemic cycle of oppression related to the perception that community colleges are not an integral part of the higher education landscape. We point to potential entry points for the exploration of this topic through systematic inquiry. The goals of this work are to bring awareness to the paucity of literature on this topic, ask scholars to join us in adding to what is known about this topic, and encourage readers to think critically about this topic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-746
Number of pages14
JournalCommunity College Journal of Research and Practice
Volume41
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2017

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