College of Community & Public Service Advising Center

Leah Kicinski

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Title: Graduate Assistant

Advising Areas: Criminal Justice and Social Work

Office: 218C Richard M. DeVos Center

Phone: 616-331-6890




  • Pursuing a Master of Education (MEd) College Student Affairs Leadership- Grand Valley State University - Anticipated Completion April 2014
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) – Aquinas College

Publications & Presentations



Student Success and Service-Learning: Exploring the Relationship at a Two-Year Public Institution

This exploratory study examines the relationship between service-learning and student success at a two-year community college in the urban Midwest. Students who participated in service-learning during the 2010-2011 academic year were identified by institutional research and planning (n=788); additionally, students completed a survey regarding service experiences and learning outcomes (n=280). The data suggest that student success appears to be related to service-learning; 76% of subjects who participated in service-learning met a success indicator compared to 62% of students who were enrolled 2011-2012. Additionally, students reported learning communication, critical thinking, diversity, interpersonal, and personal skills as a result of their participation.

Book Review:

Kicinski, L. R. (2013). Review of the book Codes of conduct in academia: New Directions for Higher Education Number 160, Winter 2012. The Journal of the National Academic Advising Association, 33(2).

Presentation at 2014 Michigan Academic Advising Association (MIACADA) Annual Conference - May 30, 2014

Advising for High-Impact Practices

The American Association of Colleges and Universities has identified High-Impact Educational Practices as an active learning method to help students achieve academic success. These practices fall under the broader theme of the Liberal Education and Americas Promise (LEAP) goals. These practices exist throughout our colleges and universities, but what are they, where are they on our campuses and how do we help our students access them? Participants will learn about practices, such as: first-year seminars, diversity and global learning, and service-learning/ community-based learning, and engage in small group discussion and receive materials regarding the current literature oh high-impact practices.

Professional Associations


  • Michigan Academic Advising Association (MIACADA)
  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
  • Serves on CSAL Journal Review Board
  • Associate Editor for Copy and Content; CSAL Journal