State Investment in Higher Ed: Free College and Promise Programs in 2019
State budgets represent the foundation of how our government invests in creating an informed and educated citizenry and workforce. Tuition prices in many states are often set by the state legislature and decisions about institutional funding allocations can work either to exacerbate or alleviate state-level educational opportunity gaps. As our national economy continues to recover, albeit slowly, from the 2008 recession, state budgets are shifting toward a greater investment in education. According to recent analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts, at least 15 states now cover college tuition for at least some students. The “free college” conversation continues, with 81 pieces of legislation across 29 states currently included on the Education Commission of the States’ State Policy Watchlist. The policies vary and almost none are truly open to all students for all institutions, but states are actively taking up the charge to address college costs and, in some cases, increase access for low-income and historically underrepresented groups. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, reviews some key terms and considerations of the policies for student affairs professionals as well as provides a brief overview of equity considerations in free college proposals. Student affairs professionals in states considering free college programs can reach out to their legislators to advocate for proposals that will better serve all students by offering concrete suggestions for improving the policies or even by providing examples of how the proposals would impact students they work with.
2019 NASPA Community Colleges Institute In Review
Dr. Rocio Fajardo shares reflections from the 2019 NASPA Community Colleges Institute.
Advising Reform: A Crucial Step to Improving Graduation Rates
With the cost of college soaring, students who deviate from their recommended course path may end up spending thousands of extra dollars—not to mention extra time—completing their graduation requirements. Or, they may drop out of school altogether. In today's guest post from Molly Jacobson, project leader at Boston Consulting Group, learn how four postsecondary institutions - three universities and one community college - reformed advising on their campus to improve student success.
Student Affairs: Integral Partners on Campus and in Congress: Remarks from IACLEA’s Hill Day
This morning, NASPA director of policy research and advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, joined joined Sue Riseling, Executive Director of the International Association of College Law Enforcement Officers (IACLEA), David Bousquet, Immediate Past President of the IACLEA Board of Directors, Abigail Boyer, Interim Executive Director of the Clery Center, and Altmann Pannell, Director of Government and External Relations at IACLEA, at a briefing for Congressional staff on issues of campus public safety as part of IACLEA’s 10th annual Capitol Hill Day. Ms. Hinds spoke on briefly on a variety of topics including federal and state budgets and financial support for higher education, the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and several issues related to campus safety. Her prepared remarks are available below.
Research & Policy Institute Guide to #NASPA19
Join members of NASPA’s Research and Policy Institute (RPI) at #NASPA19 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. Even if you aren’t able to join us in person in Los Angeles, you can still check out the RPI sessions that will be included as part of NASPA’s Virtual Ticket.
Enrollment Management Knowledge Community Program Guide to NASPA19
We are excited to welcome everyone to the 101th Anniversary of NASPA at this Annual Conference and the 2 year anniversary of the Enrollment Management Knowledge Community (EMKC). This program guide highlights events related to the Enrollment Management KC during the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference.