Learn, Engage, and Represent: Preparing for the National Student Affairs Day of Action on March 12!
Collectively, student affairs professionals represent thousands of voices; working together we can make a powerful impression with policymakers on behalf of our students and our profession. Engaging with our representative democracy is essential to maintaining the health and function of our nation’s government, which is why NASPA invites you to take part in the National Student Affairs Day of Action on March 12, 2019. No matter your position, title, or area of expertise, as a student affairs professional there are a myriad of ways you can – and should – engage in public policy conversations for the benefit of you, your students, and your institution. Won’t you join #SAadvocates around the country on #NSADA19 to share your expertise and insight with policymakers?
Your Role in Our Representative Democracy: Submitting Personal Comments on Proposed Rules
The current call for public comment on the Department of Education’s proposed rule on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance, known more succinctly as Title IX, has occupied a lot of attention since it was opened on November 29, 2018. You may be following the discussions considering what the proposed rule would mean for you and the students with whom you work, and wondering how your individual perspective fits into the conversation If so, we encourage you to draft and submit your own comments by the January 28, 2019 deadline. In keeping with the civic engagement and advocacy goals and objectives of NASPA’s strategic plan, we actively encourage higher education professionals to add their expertise to the public comments submitted to the Department. We recognize, however, that many professionals may be sensitive to their institutional roles and responsibilities and hesitant to speak out on issues different from or even in contradiction of comments submitted by their employer. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, reviews why and how individuals can and should submit comments for consideration by the Department.
Resource Guides for Responding to the Department of Education’s Proposed Title IX Rule
In late November, the Department of Education published a proposed rule on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance and opened a 60-day public comment period. While the Federal Register is not fully operational during the shutdown, public comments on the Title IX Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) are still due by January 28, and regulations.gov is functional and accepting comments. NASPA staff have developed several resources intended to help higher education leaders learn about and respond to the proposed rule. Prior to the winter break, we held several information sessions (recordings are available in the NASPA Online Learning Community) and published a 4-part blog series providing a preliminary analysis of the proposed rule. Today we released a series of Resource Guides that expand on many of the topics we highlighted in December with links to research and data that individuals and institutions can use to bolster their comments as needed.
NASPA’s Initial Analysis of the Proposed Rule on Title IX, Part II
This is the second part of NASPA’s Initial Analysis of the proposed rule on Title IX, released by the Department of Education in mid-November and opened for a 60-day public comment period on November 29, 2018 . The first part addressed NASPA’s overarching comments, and provisions of the proposed rule relating to the narrower definition of harassment and scope of institutional responsibility. This post will address aspects of the formal grievance procedures related to implications for institutional staffing and the pseudo-legal process proscribed in the proposed rule. Additional information will be available next week addressing issues related to informal resolution, required cross-examination by third-party advisors, the standard of evidence, timeline for adjudication resolution, and changes to the religious exemption from Title IX.
NASPA’s Initial Analysis of the Proposed Rule on Title IX, Part I
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Department of Education released the text of their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Title IX. This ended an over-year-long wait that started in September 2017 when Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded guidance set by the Obama administration in 2011 and 2014 and released interim guidance.This is the first in a series of posts by NASPA staff from the Research and Policy Institute (RPI) and Culture of Respect to be released over the first half of December with our initial analysis of the proposed rule. Our hope is to provide information in an easily consumable format and length as soon as possible. Additional analysis on many of these topics is already available from a wide range of associations and organizations and NASPA’s RPI will be making more in-depth analysis on several of the issues below available in early January to assist student affairs professionals in responding to the call for comment with appropriate research and data.
Reflections on Civic Action and Service-Learning and the New Age College Student
The capacity and commitment both to participate constructively with diverse others and to work collectively to address common problems; the practice of working in a pluralistic society and world to improve the quality of people’s lives and the sustainability of the planet; the ability to analyze systems in order to plan and engage in public action; the moral and political courage to take risks to achieve a greater public good.