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NASPA is committed to providing high-quality, executive-level professional development opportunities for Vice President of Student Affairs who lead their divisions and their institutions during this period of transformational change in higher education. Largely through the programs offered by the James E. Scott Academy, NASPA provides networking, resources, and professional development programs for VPSAs at all stages of their careers.

The Vice President of Student Affairs is the individual responsible for leading all student affairs efforts at an institution. In the majority of cases, this is a position that reports to the President and is at the peer-level of other institutional division leaders such as the Chief Academic Officer and Chief Business Officer. At a time where the role of student affairs within the larger collegiate experience is evolving, it is important for our profession that our highest-ranking leaders are identified with the same title as their peers, ensuring equity across the presidential cabinets on which they all serve.

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    Posted on April 22, 2018 at 02:22 PM by NASPA Blog
  • The Well-Balanced Nudge: How to Impact Behavior without Limiting Choice

    From slicing apples to sending texts, education professionals have drawn from a growing suite of behavioral insights to design interventions that positively influence student behavior. Nudging can take on a variety of forms that range in strength and scale, but with such an adaptable concept comes the need to prevent confusion or unintentional misuse in practice. While behavioral interventions are rightfully discussed for their potential to achieve large-scale change at low costs, it’s also worth underscoring the importance of implementing nudges with fidelity. Ethical nudges should be designed with the intention of benefitting those being nudged, and they should never be misleading, coercive, or restrictive. As illustrated in a satirical cartoon from the Behavioral Scientist magazine, a “gentle tap of good sense” falls neatly in the center of the nudge continuum, whereas “feather of statistical insignificance” and “bat of paternalistic overreach” lie on opposite ends. In this post, NASPA's Research and Policy Associate Alexa Wesley offers a few suggestions for ways student affairs professionals can strike the right balance on the nudging scale.

    Posted on April 19, 2018 at 03:06 PM by RPI Blog
  • Advancing #FirstgenForward: Center for First-generation Student Success Makes Strides Since Launch

    It has been an exciting few months for the Center for First-generation Student Success. Not only have we seen steady progress in the Center’s work since our June 2017 launch, we’ve had multiple opportunities to gather with influential leaders, campus administrators and practitioners, researchers, scholars, and students to think critically about the first-generation student experience. These conversations, and the perspectives of colleagues across higher education, are imperative in how we shape the Center and provide services and resources in alignment with needs.

    Posted on April 18, 2018 at 01:09 PM by NASPA Blog
  • Free Speech Tensions: Responding to Bias on College and University Campuses

    Despite the increasing development of bias response teams on college and university campuses, little scholarship has examined these teams and, in particular, team leaders’ approaches to understanding the role of free speech in responding to bias.

    Posted on April 17, 2018 at 09:28 AM by NASPA Blog

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