College of Education

Student Affairs in Higher Education Student Highlights

August 1, 2011

The College of Education is proud to honor and highlight 2 of our Student Affairs in Higher Education 2011 graduates, Nick Goodsell and Megan Woods. The curriculum of the Masters Degree in Leadership in Student Affairs in Higher Education has been carefully designed to ensure the development of educational leaders who can transform institutions into learning communities in which all members of a diverse society are accorded opportunity and respect. This curriculum has been developed on a foundation of research in the areas of leadership, administration, student development theory, social and cultural development, and budgeting and legal and ethical issues, and technology. The program adheres to the Standards developed by the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in higher education. Congratulations to Nick and Megan on their job placements!

Nick Goodsell, Spring 2011 SAHE Graduate
Position: Program Specialist for TRiO Student Support Services - Project Success, Pueblo Community College Description: TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program that serves first-generation, low-income, and students with documented disabilities. At Pueblo Community College, SSS - Project Success offers an array of services to assist persistence towards graduation, high academic achievement, and promotion towards transferring to a four-year college. SSS - Project Success offers tutoring in various subjects, Educational Action Plans to keep students on track towards a certificate or associates degree program, equipment check-out to offset personal financial burdens, academic and cultural workshops and experiences, and many more! “The Educational Leadership – SAHE Master’s degree, that I am proud to have earned, can be summarized in one word, Practicality. This program used and promoted practical application within the vast spectrum of the student affairs field. It enabled me to fine tune many of my goals within higher education. The professors posses and share experiences that inspired me to contribute to student affairs long term. I do hope that many other students would consider this program as it will prepare them for a long term career in higher education.”


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Megan Woods, Spring 2012 SAHE Graduate
Position: Upward Bound Program Coordinator, Utah State University Eastern - Upward Bound is a federally funded TRiO program that helps prepare traditionally under-represented high school students for higher education. As par the position the Coordinator performs many duties related to student learning and development; holds afterschool tutoring and workshop sessions, plans campus visits, and prepares supplemental programming every month. Megan said, "The SAHE program prepared me for my current position by giving me a strong foundation to succeed within the Student Affairs profession. I have the confidence and understanding of all the possibilities available to me within the student affairs profession thanks to the focus on CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) and the practical field experience I participated in as a graduate assistant."

megan woods