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.
Supporting Student Parents
The reality is that these students are enrolling in higher numbers each term, and our community colleges need to be ready to meet their needs.
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.
An Adult Learner Reflects on Technology in Higher Education
Elizabeth Cox is finishing her Master's Degree in Education at Fort Hays State University. For a final assignment, Elizabeth was tasked with creating a blog post for a NASPA Constituent group. The Adult Learners and Students with Children Knowledge Community is proud to publish her reflections on adult learners and the joy of embracing new technology.
Grassroots Mobilization & Associational Influence: Observations from the Oklahoma Teacher Walk-Out
A tidal wave of protest and discontent has been sweeping across many states in recent months, swelling up in school districts and spilling out on state capitol grounds, flooding the halls of government. Frustrated with stagnant and insufficient salaries, and discouraged by flat or reduced school funding, teachers have been mobilizing and making their voices heard. State lawmakers have taken note. Teachers’ demands are being met with legislation to increase funding and/or salaries, and while wish lists might not be completely satisfied, great progress has been made in several states with respect to increasing the prospects of better-funded public K-12 education. Dr. Brent Marsh, the Small Colleges and Universities Division Representative to NASPA's Public Policy Division shares observations and lessons from the field from his perspective in a small, rural community during the Oklahoma Teacher Walk-Out.