SA Weekly: September 10

Welcome to SA Weekly, your new destination for higher ed news, NASPA research and policy, constituent blogs, and more.  

Today’s College Students Aren’t Who You Think They Are “Popular culture tells us that college "kids" are recent high school graduates, living on campus, taking art history, drinking too much on weekends, and (hopefully) graduating four years later. But these days that narrative of the residential, collegiate experience is way off.”

Drilling Down Into Public Governance “North Dakota governor moves toward revamping board of higher education, citing ‘powerful economic forces,’ but overhaul is a hard sell.”

Reports: Free College Programs Don't Benefit Low-Income Students “Two nonpartisan research groups are urging policy makers to examine the details of tuition-free programs and make them more financially helpful for low-income students.”

Fraternities Vote to Ban Hard Alcohol After Deadly Hazing Episodes “The trade association that represents dozens of fraternities across the nation and around the world has voted to ban hard alcohol in the wake of a series of high-profile hazing episodes that have resulted in deaths and lawsuits, officials announced this week.”

New Phone-Friendly Version of Financial Aid Form Is Coming Out “The notoriously difficult-to-fill-out federal financial aid form known as Fafsa is going mobile. And, the federal Education Department says, it should be easier to use. The latest version of the document, formally called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, will be available next month on a new phone app and on a revamped website that works well on mobile devices.”

Brandeis Confronts Bigotry -- and Those Who Looked the Other Way “University demotes two high-ranking administrators after they apparently failed to follow policy in investigating and disciplining a reportedly racist coach.”

College Comedy: Provocative Yet… PC? “While some comics bemoan the ‘politically correct’ culture on campuses, university gigs can be quite profitable, forcing them to tailor their acts accordingly.”

Public May Not Trust Higher Ed, but Employers Do “A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts.”

Research & Policy

September 10 NASPA Policy Update by Diana Ali, NASPA Policy Analyst

How Student Affairs Professionals Can Impact College Affordability by Alexa Wesley, NASPA Research and Policy Associate

What You Need to Know About the Gainful Employment Rule Rescission by Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy

Around NASPA

Research as a Tool of Empowerment for Women by Dr. Kelly Golden, Center for Women

NASPA Strategies Conference? Yes, Please! By Dr. Raquel Cabral, Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives

Institution Spotlight: Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre Hosts Groundbreaking Event by Kristina Miller, Region IV-E

Learning to Listen in Public Policy and Advocacy by Dr. Lawrence P. Ward, Public Policy Division