Welcome to Rethinking Student Development Theory. This site is currently under construction.  This site is an outgrowth from a website developed by five students in Florida State University’s master’s degree program in higher education and student affairs. It is being revised, updated, and expanded by Dr. Brad Cox and students in the 2016 and 2017 doctoral seminar in student development theory.  The original theory site lives on at https://studentdevelopmenttheory.wordpress.com/  and most of the content from that site is archived on this site using the links on the left.


Our goal to provide viewers with a quick guide to traditional student development theories.  In addition, we hope to help you rethink these theories and determine how practical they are today.