Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

David I. Backer, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline Hodes, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Dana Morrison, Ph.D.

Committee Member

John Elmore, Ph.D.


Student affairs practice is guided by the direction of its professional associations to establish standards for curriculum, strategies, and competencies. A graduate preparation program is an essential step in the educational and experiential journey of a student affairs professional and fulfilling a graduate-professional position during the program is a valuable paraprofessional experience. Published research on student affairs graduate-professionals observes a high attrition rate of new entry-level professionals in the field and identifies a series of consistent competencies and responsibilities expected of new entry-level student affairs professionals, but does not establish a professional development model to address those specific to new entry-level student affairs professionals. The Graduate Achievement Under Guidance and Engagement (GAUGE) program is developed to establish a structured program for student affairs graduate-professionals and their supervisors to follow a synergistic supervision model and close the gap of knowledge in entry-level student affairs professionals.