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20th anniversary of the Journal of Student Affairs

April 19, 2011

This year marks an exciting and important milestone at CSU as the Journal of Student Affairs celebrates its 20th year of annual publication.

Journal published by graduate students

A graduate student-published scholarly journal, the Journal of Student Affairs aspires to develop a scholarly publication where graduate students and new student affairs professionals can contribute articles focusing on current educational issues and interests in the field of student affairs. The Journal continues to reflect the values of the student affairs profession through encouraging dialogue and conversation around timely research and trends in the field.

The milestone anniversary of the Journal was celebrated with a reception for students, faculty and staff April 15 on campus.

As the Journal continues to inform best practices in student affairs through the fresh ideas of graduate students and young professionals, the experiences of seasoned professionals are equally important to engage readers and influence the practice.

This year, the Journal is proud to feature an article written by Flo Guido and Matthew Birnbaum. Dr. Guido is associate professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Northern Colorado, co-author of Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice, and is a prominent and respected professional within the field of student affairs.

A brief history

Discussions about the Journal began in the 1991-1992 academic year among an onset of change at CSU. Albert C. Yates was installed as the new president, the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program moved from a respected regional program to one with national prominence, and the SAHE program changed from a M.Ed. degree, formally the College Student Personnel Administration program, to a M.S. degree upon the approval of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

With the change in degree offering from M.Ed. to M.S., the SAHE program was able to broaden its program philosophy and curriculum design. As a direct result, the Journal of Student Affairs was born with the goal of enhancing research and scholarship for graduate students in the program.

Principles of the Journal

Seven principles have guided the Journal as it has grown:

  • emerging trends;
  • student development and learning;
  • international and global perspectives;
  • assessment and research;
  • diverse populations and social justice initiatives;
  • organizational change and program practice; and
  • law, governance, and ethics.

These principles have enabled the Journal to grow and become a globally-recognized publication. Twenty years since its establishment, the Journal has reached local and global recognition, as it can be found in the CSU library collection and online.

Outreach to ACPA: College Student Educators International and NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the national umbrella groups for student affairs, strengthened the pool of articles that were submitted for publication. As a result, the Journal is excited to feature six of this year’s articles by authors from higher education institutions other than CSU, including DePaul University, Pacific Lutheran University, San Diego State University, University of California-San Diego, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, University of Northern Colorado, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Weber State University.

To the next 20 years

The staff members of the Journal of Student Affairs are excited to celebrate the Journal’s 20th anniversary and look forward to celebrating another 20 years as the Journal progresses into the future.

For more information, contact Joe Kowalczyk at, (440) 228-6779, or visit the Web.

Contact: Joe Kowalczyk
Phone: (440) 228-6779