NASPA Joins IACLEA for Campus Safety Congressional Briefing, March 7, 2018
While many NASPA members were wrapping up the 2018 NASPA Annual Meeting, Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA Director of Policy Research & Advocacy, joined Sue Riseling, Executive Director of the International Association of College Law Enforcement Officers (IACLEA), David Bousquet, President of the IACLEA Board of Directors, and Jeff Allison, Director of Government and External Relations at IACLEA, at a briefing for Congressional staff on issues of campus public safety as part of IACLEA’s Capitol Hill Day 2018. Unfortunately, Alison Kiss, Executive Director of the Clery Center was also scheduled to speak, but was unable to attend due to the weather. Ms. Hinds' prepared remarks are provided here.
Which #NASPA18 Sessions Will You Be Attending? Here Are a Few to Consider!
It is almost time for the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference and, if you are attending, you may be wondering what sessions to attend. Chris Lewis, Dean of Student Affairs at Lansing Community College shares some of his choices as a person that has now been in a Senior Student Officer position for the last seven months, with new responsibilities to keep a keen eye on public policy. For someone that has not spent a lot of time incorporating public policy into day-to-day practices, this has been an adjustment, however, he knows that it impacts what he does and the educational experiences of the students that attend Lansing Community College.
2018 State Legislation Governing Guns on Campus
Just over a week ago, families and friends of 17 high school students, faculty, and staff in Parkland, Florida were forced to mourn under the spotlight of our national conversation around guns and gun control. In what has become tragically routine, the coverage of the shooting included discussions of race, mental health, access to and availability of so-called assault rifles, and many calls for legislative action at both the federal and state levels. The activism of the student survivors has kept the conversation in the headlines longer than has become usual for mass shootings, prompting many – advocates both for gun control and for protection of 2nd Amendment rights – to declare a tipping point that will finally prompt legislative and regulatory action. Whether those predictions will actually occur, however, remains to be seen. For example, on Tuesday, the Florida House of Representatives rejected a ban on semiautomatic guns and guns with large capacity magazines, which could indicate that the national debate about guns will be revisited soon. In this post, Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA's Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, reviews 10 pieces of proposed legislation related to firearms on campus in the 10 states that have been acted on state legislatures in 2018.
RESEARCH & POLICY INSTITUTE GUIDE TO #NASPA18
Join members of NASPA’s Research and Policy Institute (RPI) at #NASPA18 to learn more about our work to connect research, policy, and effective student affairs practice in support of student success and the strategic priorities of the Association. Be sure to stop by the NASPA Booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the work RPI staff are engaged in! The RPI blog is a great way to stay caught up with us year-round.
The Prosper Act and TRIO students
The “Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity” Act (PROSPER Act), the HEA reauthorization bill proposed by the House Education and Workforce Committee would negatively impact TRIO students and other low-income students. Learn more about the impacts of the PROSPER Act for TRIO programs and low-income students in this post by Kimberly Grieve & John Howe at the University of South Dakota.
Early Trends in 2018 State Legislation
Most state legislatures started their 2018 legislative session in January and while it’s still fairly early in the session to have a solid sense of trends across the country, this post by NASPA Director of Policy Research & Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds provides an initial look at a few of the top issues NASPA’s Policy and Advocacy Team tracks: campus free speech, rights for trans individuals, and state-level immigration-related policies regarding sanctuary campuses or tuition and financial aid for undocumented immigrants. Some legislation introduced in 2017 is still under consideration in many states with biennial state legislative sessions, though this post will focus mostly on new legislation introduced in 2018 or that has been recently updated or acted on.