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The Dynamic Student Development Meta-Theory

A New Model for Student Success


Edited By Mark A. Frederick, Pietro A. Sasso and José Miguel Maldonado

The Dynamic Student Development Metatheodel (DSDM) is a meta-theory based on empirically based inferences drawn from a national survey entitled the University Learning Outcomes Assessment (UniLOA). The UniLOA’s current dataset consists of over 500,000 college student participants and has supported impressive findings that allow for the reconceptualization of long-held cultural artifacts and assumptions regarding the way students grow, learn, and develop (GLD) and how decision makers within postsecondary education have selected to engage the domains of student development measured by the UniLOA. This book champions a model of student success. The DSDM was developed from common factors identified in multiple theories and models within the areas of human and student development as well as empirically based theories and models of education. By first defining complementary elements within the theories and models then establishing accurate operational definitions, the planning and engagement of appropriate services, supports, interventions, and programs (SSIPs) and the active assessment of their outcomes can lead to a more effective response to current challenges faced by higher educators. As a metamodel, the DSDM reconceptualizes student success within higher education that is disruptive to the current accepted paradigm of student learning and engagement. This book is intended for faculty and staff interested in critical debate about issues in higher education and for deliberation by graduate students in college administration programs.

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Chapter Ten: Campus-Based Mentoring for LGBTQ Student Success (Sean Robinson)


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Campus-Based Mentoring for LGBTQ Student Success

Sean Robinson

Friends described Tyler Clementi as a gentle, kind, and sensitive person who was an accomplished violinist at an early age. Tyler was awarded a music scholarship at the prestigious Rutgers University, and he was looking forward to his four years at Rutgers and to a shining career. On September 22, 2010, however, that great potential ended when Tyler took his life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. He was only 18 years old. Tyler’s story is just one of many. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24, according to the CDC; each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average. (IMPACT, 2010)

While bullying and harassment have long been problems for young people in our nation’s schools at every level, the advent of advanced information and communication technologies have now allowed this abusive and destructive practice to extend to virtually all aspects of a person’s life. The 2010 State of Higher Education for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People (Rankin, Weber, Blumenfeld, & Frazer, 2010), paints a sad portrait of life on our college campuses for LGBT students, faculty, staff and administrators. Their survey of 5,149 participants representing LGBT students, faculty, staff, and administrators represented over 2,000 campuses in all fifty states. Rankin and her colleagues...

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