A New Chapter in Student Affairs Engagement Written by You
As the Chair of the Adult Learners and Student’s with Children Knowledge Community of NASPA, I want to share with the wider NASPA community members an opportunity to publish while increasing the sparse amount of literature available to professionals who support adult learners.
#SAadvocates Go To The Fair: Engaging with Candidates
As the arrival of August signals the inevitable end of summer and return of students to campuses, it is also a time of county and state fairs across the country. Whether you are attending a fair to work a table for your institution and share information about the contributions your campus makes to your community and region or taking some well-deserved time with your family, fairs provide a great excuse to gather with our neighbors. County and state fairs also often offer unique opportunities to meet and talk with candidates for local, state, and federal elections in a more relaxed and un-scripted environment. If you are heading out to your county or state fair and interested in determining where the candidates in your area stand on issues related to higher education, this post by NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will provide some background and tips to get your conversations started.
Greetings NASPA Family from the Adult Learners and Students with Children Knowlege Community
Welcoming old members and new friends as all are invited to meet us in our virtual space this August,
The 4 Essential Ingredients for Comprehensive Learner Record Success
How can institutions leverage current systems and new technologies to document and showcase the accumulation of learning that occurs throughout a student’s educational journey? The development of comprehensive learner records (CLRs) are a potential answer to that question. A CLR can serve as a formative tool that enables students to express qualifications and articulate their stories in a more detailed and complete way than they could with a resume and traditional transcript alone. NASPA and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) are working together to support the development and scaling of CLRs. While there is no single best recipe for a CLR model that works for all campuses, there are still a few key ingredients that NASPA and AACRAO see as guidelines to sustained implementation success.
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.
Scholars with Strollers: The Need to Provide On-Campus Childcare Services
In many states, the average annual cost for an infant in center-based care is higher than a year’s tuition and fees at a four-year public college. The high costs of childcare are particularly burdensome for single parents pursuing a postsecondary education. Earlier this year, Congress passed an omnibus spending package that increased spending to Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) – the only federal grant program dedicated to providing funds for campus-based childcare services to student parents whose earnings are low enough to qualify them for Pell grants. The federal government’s decision to expand CCAMPIS presents an important opportunity for student affairs professionals to consider how to develop and sustain campus childcare for students who stand to benefit the most from service utilization. While childcare is just one of the many services that support student parent success, it is perhaps one of the most critical determinants of whether a student parent persists in school. This post outlines four ways that student affairs professionals can support student parents’ childcare needs.