Who has access to higher education today? At what financial and personal cost? Based on what conditions and criteria? How do students describe and interpret their experiences? And how can institutions facilitate and constrain successful participation and completion?Student Affairs addresses these issues directly, to make clear what it is like to be a student in higher education today. Researchers explore how and why institutional rhetoric of inclusion, engagement, gender, and access may or may not be reflected in the reality of students' diverse experiences. The chapters move from theory to application by suggesting realistic strategies for addressing the challenges surrounding the interrelation of students and institutions. The authors also analyze issues of access and participation in programs ranging from community college developmental studies to graduate studies.Student Affairs demonstrates how much institutional change has occurred in the social organization of postsecondary education, and how much more change is required to meet the challenge of equitable access and inclusion. The results, implications, and recommendations offered in each chapter will be readily transferable throughout North America and beyond.
Lesley Andres is associate professor of Higher Education in the Faculty of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. Finola Finlay is associate director of the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer.
Foreword / Neil Guppy Acknowledgments Introduction: Today's Post-Secondary Students -- Adding Faces to Numbers / Lesley Andres 1 Equity in Access and Outcomes: Succeeding along the Science Pipeline / Maria Adamuti-Trache 2 It's No Five O'Clock World: The Lived Experience of Re/entering Mothers in Nursing Education / Sharon Liversidge 3 A Tunnel of Hope: The Experiences of Student Mothers Attending a Community-College-Based Developmental Studies Program / Donna McGee Thompson 4 Visitors in the Classroom: The Academic Experiences of Students Who Are Hard of Hearing / Ruth Warick 5 Disciplinary Affiliation and the Experience of Community among Undergraduate Students / Colleen Hawkey 6 Co-op Education: Access to Benefits or Benefits to Access? / Garnet Grosjean 7 The Four Rs Revisited: Some Reflections on First Nations and Higher Education / Michael Marker 8 Welcome to Canada? The Experiences of International Graduate Students at University / Regina Lyakhovetska 9 The Transition from High School to Post-High-School Life: Views of the Class of '88 / Gabriel Pillay Conclusion: From Research to Action / Finola Finlay Contributors Index