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LSU Graduate Student Selected for Prestigious Associates Program

10/03/2011 03:20 PM

BATON ROUGE – Chad Freeman, a first-year master’s student in the LSU Higher Education Program from Marietta, Ga., has been selected for the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, or NASPA, Graduate Associates Program, or GAP, for the inaugural 2011-2012 year. 


The NASPA GAP is an initiative to increase leadership opportunities of graduate students within NASPA, the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession. These graduate students serve as a communication conduit for NASPA events, publications and programs within a campus community. Associates also have the opportunity to serve on an unofficial graduate student council, providing another perspective for NASPA student membership.


“I am very excited that Chad has been selected for a leadership opportunity within the nation’s leading student affairs organization,” said Brian Bourke, an assistant professor in the LSU College of Education’s Department of Educational, Theory, Policy and Practice. “This is a great example of the types of things that students in LSU’s Higher Education Program are doing to make connections between their experiences at LSU and the profession they’re training to enter.”


The LSU College of Education Higher Education program prepares scholar-practitioners for leadership in colleges and universities as administrators, educators and scholars. 


Through an examination of higher education theory and practice, the program seeks to help students understand the diverse nature of higher education institutions and their participants. With this understanding, graduates are expected to develop individualized styles of leadership that encompass educational excellence, respect for others, and contextualized practices.


NASPA serves a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences and services that cultivate student learning and success. Founded in 1919, NASPA is comprised of more than 12,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries and eight U.S. territories.


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