Foundations of Higher Education Law and Policy

Peter F. Lake

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With increased national attention on issues such as campus safety and security, institutional accountability, and economic challenges, student affairs professionals must make decisions based on the most current legal rulings and analysis. Foundations of Higher Education Law & Policy is a concise, readable, and easy-to-use reference book that offers a fresh perspective on core law and policy information in a format for non-lawyers. The author, a nationally recognized speaker and futurist on higher education law and policy, examines current issues and addresses questions such as:

  • What do recent events mean for higher education law and policy?
  • Where do controversies exist, and why?
  • How should we teach and learn higher education law?
  • How should student affairs professionals manage their educational environments in light of recent law and policy changes?
  • What themes and principles—not just rules—are in play?

Written for both graduate students in student affairs administration programs and practicing professionals, this book offers specific guidance on critical messages from the legal system in terms administrators can understand, internalize, and operationalize. Readers will gain a clear understanding of the law's unique mission for higher education, empowering them to feel confident in their daily decision making.

Praise for Foundations of Higher Education Law & Policy

“There are few people who can explain the law as well as Peter Lake. He understands the needs of student affairs practitioners, and in this book he not only demystifies the legal system, but also helps administrators learn how to be better prepared to assist their students and institutions. Working with legal counsel will be a breeze after reading this book.” —Karen L. Pennington, vice president for student development and campus life, Montclair State University

“As a legal primer for student affairs professionals, Foundations of Higher Education Law & Policy is a masterful tour de force. Peter Lake has provided an accessible, thorough resource that student affairs professionals will want to consult time and time again as they engage with legal principles.The book combines an overview of a wide variety of legal concepts with rich historical perspective, practical advice, a healthy dose of humor, and even some crystal-ball gazing. I’d highly recommend it to higher education lawyers as well as student a airs professionals!” —Jonathan Alger, senior vice president and general counsel, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

“This book is useful for professionals at any level of the institution. Peter Lake leads readers through five major themes about the relationship between law and student affairs practice. He uses good metaphors to break down complex issues and legal theories into understandable concepts, and he illustrates how the philosophies that guide student affairs work are similar to the theories that guide legal decisions. Senior professionals will appreciate how Lake identifies ‘competency in law as a process' and encourages professionals to build on experiences to bolster their understanding of legal issues.” —Cheryl Lovell, professor of higher education, University of Denver

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