Student Affairs Foundations Institute

Student Affairs Foundations Institute

2012-2013Student Affairs Foundations Institute

Sponsored by the GeorgiaCollege Personnel Association

Do you work in student affairs without a Master’s degree in student affairs?

Interested in learning the basics of student affairs?

If so, we designed this Institute for you!


  • The Student Affairs Foundations Institute’s target audience will be comprised of student affairs practitioners working at post-secondary institutions in Georgia (including two-year colleges, four-year institutions, and technical schools) who have not earned a degree from a student affairs preparation program or those practitioners wanting a refresher.
  • The Institute will be led by two student affairs practitioners with considerable, broad-based experiences in student affairs, teaching experience, and terminal degrees in the field.
  • The Institute will offer a certificate of completion endorsed by the Georgia College Personnel Association (GCPA) that recognizes voluntarily improved professional readiness in the field.
  • To complete the certificate, participants must complete 30total contact hours including:
  • 24 in-person hours through four day-long workshops
  • 2hours of on-linediscussion and activities completed between the workshops
  • 4 hours through a site visit to an institution different from one’s place of employment


Foundations in Student Affairs

Friday, October 5from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gainesville State College

Gainesville, GA

Student Development Theories

Friday, November 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location – TBA – Metro Atlanta Area

Assessment in Student Affairs

Friday, December 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Site Visit to a Different Institution

To be completed between December2012 and February 2013

Current Topics and Trends in Student Affairs

Friday, February 1from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location – TBA – Metro Atlanta Area

Attendance at all sessions is required for successful completion of the program.


I walked away from this course with solid, practical information that I now weave into every facet of the multi facetted world of Student Affairs. The insight that I gained about my profession has been invaluable; from theorists to the dreaded assessment process, no stone was left unturned.

–Sue Miller, Director of Student Life, South Georgia College

I found the SAFI course to be a great opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the history, theoretical basis, and practice of student affairs. The practical education that SAFI offers is invaluable; the class work, assignments, and conversations with other SAFI students really helped me acquire skills that I have used every day in my work. In addition, the networking opportunities with colleagues from institutions throughout the state are priceless.

–Michelle Ritan, Administrative Assistant, Agnes Scott College

SAFI helped me strengthen not only the foundation of what we do in Student Affairs, but perhaps, more importantly, why I do what I do. For some, Student Affairs is a profession. Participation in SAFI allowed me to see that it is truly a vocation and provided the impetus for meto continue my educational and professional goals through a doctoral program in the coming year.

–Michael Stewart, Assistant Dean of Students, Macon State College


  • Dr. Alicia Caudill Colburn is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Gainesville State College in Gainesville, GA. She also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College Student Affairs Administration program at the University of Georgia.
  • (678) 717-3877
  • Dr. Andrew Rittenberg Wilson currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of Residence Life at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He also holds faculty appointments at Emory University and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College Student Affairs Administration program at the University of Georgia.
  • (404) 727-4144


Please complete the attached application and e-mail it to . Applications are due byAugust 3, 2012. You will be notified of your acceptance to the Institute by August 31, 2012. Tuition must be paid by September 28in order to hold your place in the Institute. Participants will receive details describing how to pay in their acceptance materials.


Tuition is $350.By accepting a position in the program, participants agree to payment of the tuition. Tuition includes Institute materials, breakfast and lunch at each session, parking and GCPA membership that will be current until February 2014.


All SAFI participants will need to have access (by borrowing or purchasing) to the text for the Institute:

Schuh, J.H., Jones, S.R., Harper, S.R. & Associates (2011). Student Services: A handbook for the

profession. 5th Ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

(This text is available for purchase on for approximately $59 new and $55 used.)

2012-2013Student Affairs Foundations Institute

Sponsored by the GeorgiaCollege Personnel Association


When submitting your application, please include:

  • This cover sheet
  • Your response to the question below
  • Your resume
  • An e-mail from your supervisor indicating his or her support of your participation in this Institute to .

Full Name: ______Preferred Name:______

Position: ______

Institution: ______

Work Address: ______


Phone: ______

E-mail: ______

How long have you worked in student affairs?______

On an attached document, please explain why you are interested in participating in the Institute and what you hope to learn from your experience.

Documents may be submitted electronically to

byAugust 3, 2012.

If you have questions, please contact Alicia Caudill Colburn or Andy Wilson:

  • Alicia: (678) 717-3877
  • Andy: (404) 727-4144