Acknowledging Veteran Student Leadership: the Colmery Forever GI Bill
As classes start at institutions around the country, excitement and anticipation undoubtedly abound. United States veterans and military-connected students may find extra reasons to look forward to their futures following the summer passage of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the "Forever GI Bill". In this post, NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy,Teri Lyn Hinds, previews some of the key features of the Colmery GI Bill and advocate for the contributions veteran students make to campuses around the country.
Campus Free Speech 2017 Legislative Round-up & Considerations Following Charlottesville
In this post, NASPA Director of Policy Research & Advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, reviews legislation related to free speech on college and university campuses was proposed in at least seventeen states, passed in seven, failed in three, and is still pending in at least seven. Much of this legislation requires campuses within the state to create or update policies adhering to principles of intellectual diversity, the free exchange of ideas, and other ideals while also restricting the ability of campuses to designate specific free speech zones. Some bills, based explicitly on the Goldwater Proposal, include provisions that would prevent a campus from disinviting a speaker invited by any member of the campus community along with requirements for campuses to enact sanctions against students who “disrupt” speakers or events. As the events in Charlottesville on the University of Virginia campus earlier this month, coupled with data from a Gallup poll that shows that the majority of Republicans believe campuses are too liberal, portend another dynamic year for free speech on campus, the post includes some additional considerations for campus professionals who may find themselves in the middle of free speech discussions.
DEVELOPING A DEMOCRATIC ENGAGEMENT ACTION PLAN
In order to increase democratic engagement on on college and university campuses, planning needs to be intentional and activities should be documented. One promising way in which this can be accomplished is through the process of action planning.
Strategic Planning for University and Community Partnerships
At NJIT learning does not happen just in the classroom, but through teamwork and real life experiences that make a difference in neighboring communities through service. Embedded in our 20/20 Vision are milestones experiences via experiential opportunities. Community engagement is noted as a strategic priority because NJIT recognizes that it is rooted firmly in the City of Newark and its surrounding communities. When there is engagement by the entire university network of faculty, students, staff, administration and alumni we are meeting the goals of our strategic plan. NJIT also recognizes that when we prepare our graduates not only as professionals, but also as citizens we foster a strategic culture of community service and civic engagement.
2017 Annual Conference on Citizenship
Join with national civic health network partners and other individuals and organizations concerned about critical challenges facing the nation.
Engaged Campus Institute with Bonus Carnegie Academy
Apply by September 15th to attend ADP and the NASPA Lead Initiative’s Engaged Campus Institute with Bonus Carnegie Academy from November 3-4, 2017 in Washington, D.C.