Theory, theory, theory!

Update from the Authors:
This blog was created in Spring 2011 as a course project for EDH 5045: Student Development Theory within the Higher Education program at Florida State University. For more information on the Higher Education & Student Affairs program at Florida State, visit the program website HERE.

Ashlie Baty now serves as the Leadership Development Coordinator at Micron Technology (ashliebaty@gmail.com).

Steven Dominy is the Corodinator for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at Austin Peay State University (stephen.dominy@gmail.com).

Andrew Mason is a Regional Admissions Counselor at LIM College (andrew.stephen.mason@gmail.com).

Michelle Robinson is the Associate Director of New Student Connections at the University of South Florida (microbi23@gmail.com).

Marc Wollenschlaeger is the Board Service Associate at the Association of Community College Trustees (maw06d@my.fsu.edu).

All five bloggers graduated from Florida State University in April 2012.

This blog receives regular traffic, but will not be updated with new information or updates. All information found within this blog will be cited from: Evans, N. J., Forney, D. S., Guido, F. M., Patton, L. D., & Renn, K. A. (2010). Student development in college: Theory, research, and practice (2 ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. For questions or comments, please contact us at the email addresses listed above.
This update was posted January 8, 2016.


Student Development Theory can be a tough course to navigate. Although we all enjoy the “ah-ha” moments when we recognize how theory informs practices, there are moments when we cannot quite pinpoint who wrote which theory and how it differs from others. In an effort to give our cohort and many others a space to review theory and discuss its implications, we developed an idea for a student development theory blog.

All information found within this blog will be cited from: Evans, N. J., Forney, D. S., Guido, F. M., Patton, L. D., & Renn, K. A. (2010). Student development in college: Theory, research, and practice (2 ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. unless otherwise noted. Evans et al. (2010) is the required text for EDH 5045: Student Development Theory in Higher Education. Although other sources may appear throughout the blog, a good starting point is the Evans et al. text, especially because of the countless references provided at the conclusion of the text.

This blog will be managed and facilitated by five first year graduate students within the Higher Education graduate study program at Florida State University.

Please use this blog:

  • As a study resource for EDH5045, Student Development Theories in Higher Education. Please click the page tabs on the right of the screen to see our review material.
  • As a way to engage one another and better inform our practices. Examples of implications in the comments sections will probably be the best way to get the conversation started.
  • To question, comment, and engage this blog via the comments sections.
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5 Responses to Theory, theory, theory!

  1. Danielle says:

    Hello FSU!!! This is Danielle from San Diego State University, California incoming first-year grad in Post secondary Educational Leadership in Student Affairs. This is AMAZING!! I have a very well developed working knowledge of student development theory and will definitely let my cohort know about this! I first saw it on a twitter stream from Jennifer Chavis on #sagrad. Keep up the AMAZING work!

  2. proactivelearningtoproactiveliving says:

    Way to go Seminoles! FSU Alumna

  3. KD says:

    AWESOME resource! Love from Nashville!

  4. Miles (UCSB) says:

    Thank you for this phenomenal resource. Great work all around! I am sharing this with our NASPA Undergraduate Fellows at UC Santa Barbara. (Coincidentally, Danielle who commented on this site on 8/12/11 is a UCSB Alumna and now works in my office after completing her master’s degree at SDSU!) I hope all involved in this project are doing well some years later!

  5. Lucy A. says:

    Wow! Great site! Wish I had this info at Michigan State when I was going through Comps.

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