Reflections on #RealCollege
Nearly 550 participants gathered at #RealCollege: A National Convening on Food and Housing Insecurity in September 2018 hosted by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. #RealCollege provided an opportunity for practitioners, researchers, students, policymakers, and activists to discuss policies and programs to foster change across higher education in support of students with basic needs insecurity. These passionate, engaged, and collaborative people came together to discuss some of the many challenges students face and to take an honest look at the reality of college today, sharing insight into what has been successful and what is being discussed at a variety of institutions. In this post, NASPA director of strategic initiatives Amy Geist reflects on her experience at #RealCollege.
How about an Outstanding Award for Your Program
Deadline for Outstanding Awards is approaching
From Boom to Bust?: The Changing Landscape of Student Enrollment in Higher Education
In the early 1990s, the number of U.S. high school graduates began to increase. The upward tick was both consistent and striking. 5 years of increases…then 10 years of increases…15 years…20+ years of increases! The ever-growing numbers of high school graduates translated into a real boon for higher education. The number of colleges and universities across the nation increased from approximately 3,500 institutions to 4,700 institutions. These institutions then made sizeable investments in a number of areas including campus amenities such as residence halls, fitness centers, and—of course—the proverbial lazy rivers. We in student affairs also benefited, albeit to the consternation of some of my faculty colleagues. In fact, the number of student affairs professionals and other non-academic administrators more than doubled while instructional budgets saw only modest increases.
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.
Call to Action: Submitting Comments to the Borrower Defense to Repayment NPRM
Earlier this month, NASPA Policy Analyst Diana Ali summarized What You Need to Know About Borrower Defense to Repayment following the release of a final proposed rule by the Department of Education (ED) for public comment in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Since then, Diana has been busy reviewing the NPRM and drafting comments in response to the proposed rule, which NASPA is now circulating for sign-on among our colleagues in other student affairs-related associations. As Diana noted, any member of the public can submit comments in response to an NPRM. Because we know that it can be difficult to know how to start, this post by NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds provides student affairs professionals a guide and template they can work from to submit comments on the borrower defense to repayment (BDR) proposed rule published on July 31, 2018 by the Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 83 Fed. Reg. 37242
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.