The Professional Portfolio of Jason Champagne
December 3, 2010
Student Affairs Philosophy Statement
Summary of Portfolio
Below and in the attached documents you will find information related to my professional and academic experience in higher education. This includes original research papers, reflective narratives and basic information regarding my time in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program at Wright State University. This document is meant to summarize the skills and abilities that I have achieved as a result of this program.
EDL 760 - The Introduction to Student Affairs in Higher Education
The Introduction to Student Affairs in Higher Education class covered several theories regarding student development and gave a general overview of higher education. The course provided a solid foundation on which I was able to build my understanding of student growth and development. As my background is primarily in the graduate student area, this course gave me a better understanding of the diverse needs of the undergraduate population and various ways to reach them.
Paper - Students' technology use
EDL 763 - Campus Ecology
The Campus Ecology course expanded upon the knowledgebase that I had received in early courses. Its focus on student diversity issues and the difficult decisions that students sometimes face forced me to re-evaluate how I view interaction among students, faculty, and staff. The course also required me to step outside my comfort zone and discuss difficult topics and realize that students need support in a variety of ways.
Paper - Graduate student support
EDL 762 - Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education
The Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education class served as a capstone to the student affairs program and provided an opportunity to apply the various concepts and theories I had learned throughout the program. As it was a capstone course, it allowed for members to engage in meaningful dialogue regarding a variety of student related subjects including student activities both in and out of the classroom.
Paper - Impact of service learning
EDL 926 - The Community College
The Community College course focused on the development of the community college and the unique challenges faced by its students. Because they provide both vocational and academic training, community colleges are uniquely positioned within the community and must often fight the unfortunate stigma as the option for those who can't make it at a "real" college. As these colleges have many adult learners, it reminded me of the struggle that non-traditional students often face when returning to college.
Paper - Adult learners mentoring program
My supervised practice activities provided me with an opportunity to interact with areas of the university with which I had had little previous contact. It also afforded me the opportunity to view the unique political interactions which often take place at a university and work on projects that I would not have been a part of under normal circumstances.
Paper - Internship learning summary