higher education

"You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me as ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world." -Tom Brokaw

Working in higher education and - more specifically and more importantly -working with college students is not just a job. It is my calling. It is my passion.

This portion of my website will probably receive more adjustments, tweaks, and fine tuning as I continue serving college students and working hard to help students get the most out of their higher education.


In no way am I an expert in higher education, far from it actually. None of the ideas found here are new or groundbreaking. It is simply a collection of my thoughts and the hard work of great women and men who have come before me and made American higher education an unrivaled global establishment.

 Philosophy of Higher Education

The journey through college is an exciting experience, but more importantly it is a crucial time of personal development and transformation. Students gain valuable knowledge and skills that are crucial for their success in all areas of life. The goal of higher education is provide students an atmosphere of academic, social, emotional, and spiritual support where they can be challenged to greater levels of development.

To be  successful and graduate college as individuals prepared to be impactful leaders, students must be committed to the ideas of learning, community, and service.

Values are the foundation of who you are. All decisions and behaviors must be in harmony with your values in order to thrive. Without values, students are aimless in their educational journey.

Education is (or should be) the center objective at every school, but in college it is essential for students to develop critical thinking, that “internal compass” that leads them to discover “multiple perspectives, respect diverse views, think independently, and establish and defend their own informed view.” Students who acquire this appreciation for learning are better prepared for life after college (Magolda 2003).

Being committed to a higher cause results in a more successful college experience. Students who regularly participate in volunteer service projects are shown to be more successful in their academics, committed to social responsibility, and likely to aspire higher levels of education (Astin, Sax, Avalos 1999). Additionally, volunteering encourages interactions across racial lines which promotes multicultural understanding among students (Astin & Sax, 1998).

Helping students become a productive part of society is an important aspect of student development. Some of the most important skills and experiences a student gains in college are discovered inside deep, meaningful, supportive relationships found in the community. Students who are actively involved with their peers and faculty are more likely to succeed in college (Astin 1999).

Arboleda, A., Wang, Y., Shelley, M., & Whalen, D. (2003). Predictors of Residence Hall Involvement. Journal of College Student Development, 44(July/Aug), 518-531.

Astin, A.W., Sax, L.J., & Avalos, J. (1999). Long-term effects of volunteerism during the undergraduate years. The Review of Higher Education, 22(2), 187-202.

Astin, A. W. (1999). Student involvement: A developmental theory for higher education. Journal of College Student Development, 40, 518-529.

Astin, A. W., & Sax, L. J. (1998). How undergraduates are affected by service participation. Journal of College Student Development, 39(3), 251-263.

Magolda, M.B. (2003). Identity and Learning: Student Affairs’ Role in Transforming Education. Journal of College Student Development, 44(2): 231-247.

Books on Higher Education

To see a my reviews on books about higher education, emerging adulthood, and faith in college, visit my bookshelf/ // category

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