I’m Not Here to Help: Three Lessons for Academics Who Want to Be Better Partners
We’ve all been there. We’re working on something we care deeply about, and we know it would be so much better if needed partners were at the table. For instance, we want to create an internship program because we know that students are clamoring for more hands-on experience and local employers stand ready to build a talent pipeline. Therefore we bring multiple parties together, discuss partnership possibilities, and identify some plausible next steps, but somehow our vision for the program never takes shape. If you’ve ever been frustrated by a scenario like this, Elise Newkirk-Kotfila, NASPA director of advising initiatives, offer three things everyone in a campus setting needs to keep in mind as they form partnerships.
KC Spotlight: All About the Technology Knowledge Community
Sponsored Programs, annual publications, online learning, and awards are just a few projects on the agenda for the Technology Knowledge Community. Read more here.
What You Need to Know About the Gainful Employment Rule Rescission
As part of ongoing efforts by the Trump administration to roll back regulations across the federal government, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has opened a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to rescind the gainful employment regulations established during the Obama administration. The proposal has been expected for some time and follows previous delays and the reopening of negotiated rulemaking in late 2017 and early 2018.
While the gainful employment rule has perceived flaws, the proposal by Secretary DeVos to remove it entirely without providing for an alternative regulatory framework has drawn criticism from higher education leaders and student advocacy groups. It is the role of the federal government to protect the interests of students and safeguard federal investment in financial aid programs by creating and enforcing an appropriate regulatory framework governing institutional performance and outcomes. The history of the gainful employment rule has been tumultuous and sorting through the differing perspectives among institutions, advocates, and researchers can be difficult. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will summarize some of the major concerns and promises of the gainful employment rule to help inform those who may wish to respond to the call for comment, which closes on September 13, 2018.
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.
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.
Finding Common Ground in an Era of Polarized Politics
Recent news headlines point to college campuses as places of political polarization. In a 2018 Gallup Poll, college students perceived campus climate to be more supportive of liberal thought, leading them to attribute the school as being much more favorable of liberal ideologies than conservative ideologies.