Katie's Capstone

Philosophy of
Student Affairs
Culmination Paper
My Strengths




Legal and Ethical Issues

Budgeting and Fiscal Management

Counseling/Personal Development

Educational Mission and Process

Evaluation and Assessment

Moral, Ethical, and Spiritual Issues

Quality Programming

Visionary Leadership

Multicultural Awareness


Campus/Community Relationships

Managing Conflict and Crisis

Educational Mission and Process

In order to support the university mission and process, a student affairs professional should comprehend the institution's mission, objectives, goals, policies, and expectations.  Professionals need to have an all-encompassing understanding of the academic requirements of the university, an appreciation of the academic rigor required of students who want to excel in their careers, and a commitment to find ways of bridging the curricular and co-curricular aspects of higher education. 

My Experience as an Undergraduate and Graduate Student at APU

Taking a Significant Amount of Time at CPP, FHS to Orient Myself to the expectations, goals and mission statements

Putting CA on Probation because of Grades

My Experience as an Undergraduate and Graduate Student at APU:

As both an undergraduate and graduate student at APU, I have been a part of an institution committed to the development of students in a holistic manner.  As part of my BA in psychology and Christian ministries, my liberal arts education from APU allowed me to gain knowledge in areas such as arts, humanities, and Biblical studies.  As a student, I also learned that APU is committed to four basic cornerstones: Christ, scholarship, community, and service.  These four foundations show what APU values as well as how APU approaches students and academics.  Now that I have come back to APU for both my M.Ed in College Student Affairs and as a student affairs professional working in Residence Life, I feel that I am well equipped to help students understand the university’s mission and expectations.  I also have a good comprehension of various professors on campus and academic requirements, especially for general education units.  This is an asset in my job because I am able to talk with students and offer them my experience and insight about how to get the most out of their education both in and outside of the classroom.

APU's Four Cornerstones

APU's Mission Statement

Taking a Significant Amount of Time at CPP, FHS to Orient Myself to the expectations, goals and mission statements:

When I started my job at Cal Poly Pomona, Foundation Housing Service, one of the first assignments that I gave myself was to learn more about both the university and Foundation Housing Service.  Because I did not have any hands on experience at this institution, I spent a good amount of time exploring and reading through their website, handbooks, and any other information I could find.  I also made an effort to meet with Ernie Kawai, the Associate Director of the Foundation. 

Being an RD for Cal Poly Pomona, FHS was interesting in that I was an advocate for both the university and the foundation.  It was crucial that I understood the differences between the two organizations.  By exploring information and being an active listener, I discovered what Cal Poly Pomona, FHS valued.  It helped me in understanding my role as an RD in the Village.  It also helped me in learning how to make connections with the university side of campus. 

Foundation Website

University Village (Foundation Housing Service)

Cal Poly Pomona University Mission, Vision, and Goals

Putting CA on Probation because of Grades:

At both Cal Poly Pomona and Azusa Pacific University, students are hired only if their academic performance meets a specific grade point average; their ability to remain in their CA/RA jobs is dependent upon their ability to maintain and keep their grades above a set minimum.  As a professional in student affairs, it is crucial that I encourage my student staff to excel in their educations.  I need to keep the mindset that my staff attends the university to first be a student; their work as a CA/RA comes second.  At times, this is a hard balance to encourage in students, but it is something that I have been stretched and grown in as I have worked as an RD. 

For instance, at Cal Poly Pomona, I placed one of my CAs on probation because she was not keeping her grades up.  In the letter that I wrote for her, I placed expectations on her academic performance.  During the first quarter that she was on probation, she needed to bring her grades up to the minimum GPA required of the student staff.  If she was unable to do this, she would be asked to step down from her CA position.  During that quarter, we spent a lot of time in our 1-1s talking about her classes and homework.  Taking these steps challenged my understanding of how I can support the university mission.  I realized how important it is that I help my staff succeed academically.   

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