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.
The Public Lens of Policy: A Note from Division Chair Dr. Lawrence P. Ward
NASPA’s Board of Directors recently adopted an updated public policy agenda grounded in a commitment to ensuring opportunity for all institutional members’ students and a belief that higher education remains a great benefit to both individuals and society. In this post, Public Policy Division Chair Dr. Lawrence P. Ward, discusses the importance of connecting student affairs professionals to issues of public policy and the work of the division to achieve this goal.
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.
Influencing the National Narrative on Campus Sexual Assault Response and Prevention
In this post, Nicole Eramo, Member at Large of the Public Policy Division shares a personal account to provide a window into how the national narrative around campus sexual assault is affected.
NASPActs Policy Basics: Political Parties & the Federal Legislative Process
Some will remember Schoolhouse Rock! from Saturday morning cartoons (and those that don’t can take a quick visit to ABC for a peek at the 1970s public service announcements ) where we learned how a bill becomes a law. Though Bill’s progress omits the role of political parties, the federal legislative process hasn’t really changed that much in the last 40 years: legislation gets introduced in one or both chambers, is referred to the appropriate committee, is (sometimes) passed out of committee for vote by the full chamber, and, if passed by both chambers of Congress, is sent to the President for signature (or veto). In this post, NASPA Director of Policy Research & Advocacy reviews the process for moving bills through Congress a bit more thoroughly by discussing how political parties influence the process.
Policy Update for May 23 through June 2
This post provides national and state policy updates relevant to student affairs professionals for the weeks of May 29 to June 2, 2017.