Crystal Balls and Casting Runes: Predictions for HEA Reauthorization in the 116th Congress
Despite the fact that it’s only October and there are still a couple of months left in the 115th Congress, it’s now clear that reauthorization of the Higher Education Act will continue to be delayed. Having been passed out of committee on a party-line vote last December, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act – a partisan reauthorization bill written by Republican leadership of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce – remains unlikely to be brought up for a full vote on the House floor. Similarly, several hearings and statements by Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee leadership from both parties asserted that HEA reauthorization would be a priority in 2018, but for talks around a bipartisan bill collapsed in the late spring and early summer of 2018. The continued delay is unfortunate as there are much-needed updates to our nation’s signature higher education law, but it does provide the opportunity for a fresh start in both the House and Senate and the prospect of a more bi-partisan process for legislation in the 116th Congress. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will discuss what the future of HEA might be in the 116th Congress as well as identify policy proposals NASPA will be working to promote with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to improve outcomes for students and student affairs professionals under the next reauthorization.
A Love Letter to the Families of New Students
Getting the year started; a letter to family members from a director of new student and family programs.
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.