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SAA COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Core Curriculum

SAA 510. INTRODUCTION TO STUDENT PERSONNEL SERVICES
This course provides a comprehensive study of the organizational structure, functional units, and administrative relationship of personnel services in two- and four-year institutions of higher education. These include understanding the relationships among admissions, academic advising, career services, counseling centers, judicial affairs, multicultural affairs, orientation, residence halls, student activities, financial aid and student health to name a few. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 511, COLLEGE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT THEORY, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
The primary purpose of this course will be to explore current programs, issues, practices, research, and trends in college student development. Special attention will be given to the historical, philosophical and theoretical foundations of student development as it relates to practice. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 512, THE CULTURE OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENT
This course will focus on the needs, characteristics, and culture of the college student in American higher education. Readings and discussions of previous generations of college students will serve as a backdrop in understanding the needs of today's students. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 513, ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION
This course will focus on the organization and administration of higher education. The course is designed to provide basic information about the organization and function of major administrative units and administrators in institutions of higher education. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 514, LAW IN HIGHER EDUCATION
This course will explore some of the pressing legal issues that today confront American institutions of higher education. Special attention will be given to how courts have attempted to balance the sometimes competing rights and responsibilities of institutions, faculty, staff, and students. Issues to be explored include: first amendment rights of students, academic freedom of faculty, search and seizure issues in residence halls, affirmative action in admissions, regulation of athletics, privacy issues, religious freedom on campus, rights of students with disabilities, employment discrimination and institutional liability for student behavior. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

Student Affairs Administration Cognate

SAA 515, RESEARCH METHODS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
The course will introduce students to research methods used in the social sciences. Topics include competing epistemologies; quantitative and qualitative research methods; concept development; valid and reliable measures; and data analyses. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 515A, RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS (Cross listed with PAFF510)
Cross listed course with PAFF 510. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 516, COUNSELING METHODS IN STUDENT AFFAIRS
The course will introduce students to basic counseling methods and techniques. Specific attention will be given to theoretical and practical counseling theories that can help guide practitioners counseling philosophy and approach. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 517, ENGAGING DIVERSITY IN THE UNIVERSITY
The course explores the impact of diversity in U.S. higher education. It provides students with a brief historical overview of diversity and the related issues that exist on university campuses. Participants will examine various institutional and policy issues, administrators, faculty, students, and curriculum issues in higher education as they relate to the current status of diversity on today's college campuses. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 518, LEADERSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION
This course will explore theories of effective leadership and how those theories can be applied within the area of Student Affairs. Areas given special attention include strategic planning, managing for achievement of goals, and creating an environment that fosters individual and organizational success. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 519, MULTICULTURAL AND SOCIAL EDUCATION FOR LEADERSHIP PERSONNEL
This course will offer an advanced examination into contemporary social and cultural dimensions of education and their relationship to leadership. Focus is on issues related to diversity, gender, ethnicity, pluralism, and equality. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 520, ETHICS AND EDUCATION
This course provides an exploration and examination of traditional and contemporary issues confronting educational leaders, managers, and educators at all levels of the educational process. Special emphasis placed on an interdisciplinary approach to foundations of ethical theory and establishing a conceptual framework for the resolution of moral and ethical questions prevalent across the spectrum of higher education. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 521, COLLEGE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT II: THEORY TO PRACTICE
This course explores various issues in student development, theoretical families used to explain and/or examine student behavior, and methods used to translate theoretical concepts to practice. Students will practice drawing connections between developmental theory and personal experience to develop better insight into those previous professional experiences. Prerequisites: College Student Development Theory, Research and Practice (SAA 511) and admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 522, HISTORY OF AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION
The course provides an examination of American higher education with a particular emphasis on the major trends and issues, as well as social, political, economic, and intellectual forces that influences its development. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 523, FINANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
This course will focus on the financial aspects of higher education (e.g., the nature of educational costs, state and federal finance policy, and the role of financial factors in educational decision-making). Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 524, INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH AND ASSESSMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION
This course will provide an overview of the institutional research and analysis techniques utilized in contemporary higher education. This course is designed for those with an interest on conducting institutional research and/or working in offices of institutional research at the campus, system, and/or state level. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 525, CRITICAL ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
This course will focus on current issues facing the field of student affairs/higher education. Students will explore selected trends and challenges within departments/divisions in student affairs that ultimately affect college students, faculty, administrators, and staff in higher education. The course will be conducted in a seminar format with a high expectation that students will participate in the meaning making both orally and in writing. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 526, CRITICAL AND FEMINIST PEDAGOGIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
This course provides an analysis of practices in the education of adults leading to personal and social transformation from the perspective of critical and feminist/womanist pedagogical theory. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 527, FOUNDATIONS OF MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION
This course focuses on the exploration of the diverse educational experiences of women, ethnic and racial minorities in the U.S. Ways in which power, equity, cultural politics, empowerment, imagination and the social construction of identity produce cultures and invest them with a range of meanings. Specific cultures and sub-cultures are studied. The criteria for understanding diversity (broadly defined) and the complex dynamics of race, gender, sex and class, and the pedagogical issues posed by diversity are examined. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 580A, SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
The course focuses on current issues in higher education. Examples of topics include multicultural counseling, academic advising, research and assessment in higher education accountability mandates, etc. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 580B, SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: COLLEGE ACCESS & RETENTION
This course introduces students to salient research, theory, and practice related to college student access and retention. Students will explore cultural, institutional, and individual factors that contribute to college student attrition and critically review theories attempting to explain college access, retention and the student departure process. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 580C, SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 580D, SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE IN HIGHER EDUCATION 
Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 580E, SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: CRITICAL ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
This course will focus on current issues facing the field of student affairs/higher education. Students will explore selected trends and challenges within departments/divisions in student affairs that ultimately affect college students, faculty, administrators, and staff in higher education. The course will be conducted in a seminar format with a high expectation that students will participate in the meaning making both orally and in writing. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 580G, SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: NEW STUDENT AFFAIRS PROFESSIONALS
The purpose of this course is to provide students interested in the field of student affairs with a range of experiences and topics that will, in some ways, be beneficial to their success as future practitioners. In particular, this course will consist of several components, followed by field interviews that will complement and enhance the readings and classroom discussions. By taking this course students are preparing themselves to be knowledgeable, reflective, and informed about practical issues or encounters that they are likely to experience in their current or future work in higher education. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 580H, SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: THEORIES OF RETENTION AND PERSISTENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
This course introduces student to salient research, theory, and practice related to college student retention. Students will explore cultural, institutional, and individual factors that contribute to college student attrition and critically review theories attempting to explain the student departure process. Effective retention practices, programs, and assessment procedures will also be identified and examined. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 580I, SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
The course introduces graduate students to qualitative research approaches and methods in the social sciences. The emphasis is on qualitative field-based research and its relevance/application for educators and practitioners, including professionals in higher education and student affairs. While especially concerned with the understanding, design, and critique or research that purports to address or redress social inequities, disempowerment, and injustice, the course will also familiarize students with mainstream research concepts, principles, and strategies as well as the actual nitty gritty of doing research, liberatory or otherwise. A central aspect of the course is the accent on critical self-reflection as practitioner-researchers speaking, reading, and writing from particular social locations.Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair. 

SAA 580J, SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: RESEARCH ON ETHNIC MINORITIES AND DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION 
This course is designed to examine current research on ethnic minority student populations including issues of access, campus climate, racial identity, achievement, and motivation. Students will also examine the broad demographic changes that have occurred generally in society and specifically in the college going population. These demographic changes will be examined in relationship to the critical issues facing K-16 education including curriculum and teaching, leadership and governance and the changing nature of research. Students will have an opportunity to explore these and other areas of interest to understand the direction of current research on racial ethnic minorities and major findings in the field.Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair. 

SAA 580K, SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: STUDENT ADDICTIONS CAMPUS COMMUNITY
This course explores selected addictions encountered by college students. Attention is given to theoretical orientations for prevention, intervention and treatment, etiology of addictions, as well as historical realities that outline the emergence of addictions within college and university communities. Students will be exposed to addiction treatment practitioners from a university, private college, and community college setting. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 580M, SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: FOSTERING ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND MEANINGFUL CAREERS
This course explores theories, research and practices underlying effective academic advisement and career development. The link between academic advisement and career advisement will be given special attention. The challenges presented by differences in race, gender, and socio-economic status in academic success and career choice are also examined. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 580N, SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: STUDENT LIFE - MOUNTING AN EFFECTIVE C0-CURRICULUM
This course explores the learning opportunities afforded students through residential life, campus clubs and organizations, student government, and judicial affairs. Fostering campus climates that honor and leverage diversity will be given special attention. Program planning is an important set of skills in co-curricular work. Students will be introduced to goal setting, program design, implementation, and evaluation in these different settings. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.

SAA 580P, SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: THE COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
This seminar course is designed to introducestudents to thenature, philosophy, and historical evolution of the American community college and its role and function in higher education. It allows students to examine organizational patterns, curricular programs, students, administrators, faculty, services and current issues and trends that are part of the community college. It also provides students with a perspective on educational, economic, political, and social forces that have influenced the development of this unique and particularly American post-secondary institution and those forces that continue to shape its future. Knowledge gained from the course should provide students with thefoundation for further study of issues in American community colleges. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, or consent of the SAA department chair.  

SAA 580Q, SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: INTRODUCTION TO ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
This course introduces students to the field of enrollment management, and strategies for shaping the enrollment of an institution. Employing the right strategies in the enrollment process guides the resources that student affairs administrators have at their disposal in addition to what services they are able to provide students. Topics covered include identifying pools of potential applicants, designing recruitment messages and materials for those applicants, developing communication strategies for individuals who have indicated interest, developing relationships with high school guidance staff, community colleges in addition to developing partnerships with deans and faculty for both recruitment and retention, using financial aid to promote access to yield, and developing programs that encourage students to enroll and working with academic units to promote retention and graduation. Students will learn about techniques for projecting enrollment and yield rates, issues of diversity in recruitment, and how class yield directly impacts the services universities provide their students. Student Affairs professionals are expected to understand and apply the connection between enrollment management and direct services to students. Prerequisite: Admission into a recognized graduate program at Binghamton University, SAA 515 (or its equivalent) or permission of the SAA Department Chair.

 

 

 

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION COGNATE

PAFF 521, FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC SERVICE (Required/4 Credit Hours)
Concepts and issues of American public organizations and their administration, such as critical thinking and writing, decision-making, public planning, budgeting, human resources and information management. Also includes political and environmental contexts, an introduction to international and comparative public administration; and administrative practices in other countries.

PAFF 520, 21st CENTURY GOVERNANCE
Governance focuses on leading and managing organizations in public and nonprofit settings. One key aspect of effective public service today involves understanding and successfully navigating across organizational boundaries—essentially functioning within multi-organizational and multi-sectoral networks. In an environment of increased globalization, this requires public administrators possess multiple areas of cultural competency. Skill development will focus on negotiations, project and contract management and oversight. No prerequisites are required.

PAFF 525, PUBLIC ETHICS AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT 
This course focuses on the basic ethical concepts and challenges facing public administrators. The course will examine two fundamental questions: (1) What are the leading ethical issues that arise in the practice of public administration? and (2) Where should the administrator look for guidance in dealing with these issues? The lectures, readings and class discussion will be used to identify principles that might guide ethical choice and to show the practical ramifications of these principles.

PAFF 526, MANAGING INFORMATION & TECHNOLOGY
This course focuses on the evolution of data into information and knowledge and the use of technology to support public service. We discuss establishing and complying with information policies and managing the collection, use and dissemination of information. Issues of privacy, security, access and transparency are considered.

PAFF 527, PUBLIC AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT BUDGETING AND FINANCE 
Introduction to modeling and problem solving from an economic perspective. Analysis of types of taxes used by local and national governments and the major attributes and consequences of each. Discussion of international financial institutions and market forces influencing the financial systems of not-for-profit organizations. Prerequisites: PAFF 521, PAFF 510.

PAFF 534, PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION
This course will examine procedures and problems of governmental and not-for-profit personnel administration. Included in the topics are classification, performance appraisal, hiring practices, affirmative action and pay equity. Studies of governmental agencies are employed to give the students first-hand knowledge of personnel administration. Meets the "Managing People in Organizations" requirement.

PAFF 535, ORGANIZATION THEORY
This course approaches organization theory through individual, organization, systems and institutional levels of analysis. Focus will be placed on choosing the appropriate level of analysis to address current issues in the administration of public and not-for-profit agencies. Discussion of the development of key organizational theory concepts as well as current literature in the field. Meets the "Managing People in Organizations" requirement.

PAFF 536, MANAGING NETWORKS
In public administration, an increasing number of policy objectives are being accomplished through networks of people and/or organizations. This course focuses on both intra- and inter-organizational networks of people, the structure and function of networks, and skills needed for network management. Meets the "Managing People in Organizations" requirement.

PAFF 537, ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
This course provides an overview of the development of key concepts in the field of organization behavior: leadership, motivation, group behavior, work environment, power and organizational change. In-depth discussion of how these concepts are developed in theory and in the practice of public administration. Meets the "Managing People in Organizations" requirement.


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