Implications For Recruiting Top Student Leaders Into the Field of Student Affairs
Situation: You have a student leader that you meet with on a regular basis who is concerned about their original career path and asking for time in your meeting to discuss their concerns. You have always had a positive connection with this student as their mentor and are glad to help out as a listening ear. This student is heavily involved in student leadership opportunities and is one of the top student leaders that you have the opportunity to connect with. In the conversation you discover that they are unhappy in their major and are looking to explore other options before they approach their third year at the institution. The student loves their student leadership opportunities, and makes a comment that they “wish I could continue to do what I’m doing as a student leader.” In this moment, you realize your opportunity for suggestions could go down multiple paths. Do you take this opportunity to recruit this student to the field of student affairs? Do you refer them to the career development center on campus? Do you dive deeper into why they are unhappy in their major?
NASPA Priorities for HEA Reauthorization
While there is much to celebrate in our national landscape of colleges and universities, years of state disinvestment and the diminishing purchasing power of federal grant programs have resulted in noticeable signs of wear. Our federal policy has failed to keep up with today’s more diverse student body, including many adults shouldering responsibility for not only their own education, but also that of their children, resulting in a system of financial aid and regulations that are ill-suited to meeting the needs of either today’s students or the American taxpayer. The reauthorization of Higher Education Act (HEA) presents an opportunity to correct that course and fulfill both the promise and the responsibility of the federal government to today’s students. In this post, NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds provides background on HEA and identifies priorities for NASPA in reauthorization.
Threats to the One-person, One-vote Principle: Gerrymandering & the 2020 US Census
Though not articulated until the 1960s, the one-person, one-vote principle is considered foundational to our representative democracy, echoing in the minds of many the desire of the founding fathers to create a nation “of the people, by the people, for the people”. With the 2020 Census looming, and subsequent mandatory redistricting in all states with more than one congressional district, concerns around ensuring both a complete and accurate census and fair and balanced electoral districts are rising. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds explains the relationship between the decennial census and the redistricting process and highlight current threats to ensuring fair representation for everyone in the United States.
The Answers Aren’t Always Apparent
I’m a new student affairs professional who was so eager to enter this field that I hoped to attend graduate school for a student affairs program starting during my sophomore year at Appalachian State University. Several student affairs professionals (Shout out to my NUFP Mentors!) encouraged and mentored me to end up in the Student Affairs and Higher Education program at Missouri State University. They provided me with many professional development opportunities and I enthusiastically soaked it all up. They coached me through the graduate school application process and provided me with a plethora of advice about the field. I am so grateful for their help in my development into the professional, and person, I am today.
My NASPA 2018 Experience
The most important event for me throughout my two days was definitely the Community Colleges Reception. I missed the CCI, so I knew that I had to make the most of this reception to make up what I had missed. As soon as I walked into the room, my NASPA supervisor, Jake Frasier, wasted no time in introducing me to his colleagues.
3 Things SA Pros Should Know About “Smart” Nudging
How can student affairs professionals leverage their resources and knowledge of human behavior to advance student success at scale while maintaining personalized connections with students? With access to more data and technology than ever before, campuses are implementing digital nudging interventions that are designed to fit intuitively with a student’s lifestyle. Through the combination of behavioral science and data analytics, these “smart” nudges go beyond reminders about assignments and deadlines. Similar to how companies like Netflix predict TV shows or movies that “you might also like” based on consumer data and algorithms, institutions can improve the quality of the student experience through personalized nudges delivered electronically and informed by student data or real-time responses. In this post RPI Research and Policy Associate Alexa Wesley discusses how smart nudges can provide students with guidance and messages of encouragement relevant to their specific concerns and circumstances.