Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs
John Elmore, Ph.D.
Dana Morrison, Ph.D.
Jacqueline Hodes, Ed.D.
Higher education, once a public good, has undergone a period of systemic divestment. The business model of the university, perpetuated by neoliberalism, has changed the values of higher education. Traditionally, the core mission of higher education created critically-engaged citizens who sought to democratize society. In its current state, higher education has lost its status as a public good that benefited all of society. The liberal arts can reinvigorate higher education by reengaging students through contemplative methods. Student affairs educators live in a world of limited budgets and neoliberal practices. The connection of neoliberalism to their work in student affairs will serve as a path forward for resisting corporate practices in the university. Transformative leadership will propel anti-neoliberal practices and policies into the inner workings of the university.
Shalk, Ben, "Leading for Change: Incorporating the Values of the Liberal Arts in Student Affairs Practice" (2020). West Chester University Master’s Theses. 124.