The Well-Balanced Nudge: How to Impact Behavior without Limiting Choice
From slicing apples to sending texts, education professionals have drawn from a growing suite of behavioral insights to design interventions that positively influence student behavior. Nudging can take on a variety of forms that range in strength and scale, but with such an adaptable concept comes the need to prevent confusion or unintentional misuse in practice. While behavioral interventions are rightfully discussed for their potential to achieve large-scale change at low costs, it’s also worth underscoring the importance of implementing nudges with fidelity. Ethical nudges should be designed with the intention of benefitting those being nudged, and they should never be misleading, coercive, or restrictive. As illustrated in a satirical cartoon from the Behavioral Scientist magazine, a “gentle tap of good sense” falls neatly in the center of the nudge continuum, whereas “feather of statistical insignificance” and “bat of paternalistic overreach” lie on opposite ends. In this post, NASPA's Research and Policy Associate Alexa Wesley offers a few suggestions for ways student affairs professionals can strike the right balance on the nudging scale.
Culture of Respect CORE Evaluation 3rd Edition: What’s New?
The CORE Evaluation is a detailed self-assessment survey organized around the six pillars of the Culture of Respect CORE Blueprint. This post reviews new areas of content on the newly released 3rd edition of the survey and how they reflect what is happening in the field.
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.
AER KC Sponsored Session Preview: Beyond Campus Climate Surveys
Check out an introduction to one of the AER KC Sponsored Programs for #NASPA18. We hope you consider adding this session to your schedule and learning more during the session on Tuesday, March 6.
RESEARCH & POLICY INSTITUTE GUIDE TO #NASPA18
Join members of NASPA’s Research and Policy Institute (RPI) at #NASPA18 to learn more about our work to connect research, policy, and effective student affairs practice in support of student success and the strategic priorities of the Association. Be sure to stop by the NASPA Booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the work RPI staff are engaged in! The RPI blog is a great way to stay caught up with us year-round.
Women In Student Affairs Knowledge Community Program Guide 2018 NASPA Annual Conference
The Women In Student Affairs Knowledge Community presents its 2018 NASPA Annual Conference program and event guide.