PROSPER Act: The House Higher Education Act Reauthorization Bill
Representative Virginia Foxx, Chair of the House Committee on Education and Workforce (Ed and Workforce), introduced a comprehensive revision to the Higher Education Act on December 1, 2017: the “Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform Act” (PROSPER Act). Though the Ed and Workforce Committee, and its Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, held a number of hearings and passed several smaller pieces of legislation in previous Congressional sessions, the PROSPER Act represents a wide-ranging re-write of the legislation governing higher education including many provisions that will directly affect student affairs and student success. At nearly 600 pages, it is impossible to summarize all aspects of the legislation, though this post by NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will highlight many of those most likely to be of interest to student affairs professionals, review the unconventionally fast process by which the bill was referred to the full House floor, and provide an expected timeline for a companion bill in the Senate.
Reflections on the Doctoral Journey
When I first began my doctoral journey I was bright eyed and bushy tailed. It was a long dreamt goal that had finally come to fruition and I couldn’t want to begin and finish. I am currently in the midst of preparing to defend my proposal but wanted to reflect on my experiences throughout this process.
Advising from the Out-Group
Who belongs and who doesn’t? These two questions I have been asking myself in a variety of professional and personal contexts since my first year in graduate school. Most recently, while serving as the primary advisor of a recognized fraternity on campus.
Life After Harvey: Supporting a New Normal
During the storm, the days were filled with watching the news, responding to concerned family and friends, and watching the floodwaters rise to record levels. A famous quote from Fred Rogers tends to pop up during difficult times. “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” True to this quote, before the rain had even stopped, the UH community sprang into action to help our fellow Cougars and Houstonians. The ride out team supported approximately 2,000 students who stayed on campus, ultimately helping some students evacuate one residence hall. The University’s communication team sent daily messages with updates, resources, and helpful information. The UH campus was closed for a full week.
The Joys and Gifts Received through Mentoring
I recently returned from the NASPA IV-East conference in Detroit. Being in this space reminds me how important NASPA is to me for many reasons. The personal and professional relationships, as well as the power of mentoring, are central to the NASPA experience.
Taking the Plunge Without the Pay Cut: Lessons Learned while Balancing a Ph.D. Program and Full Time
I never envisioned the possibility of being a full-time employee while working towards a Ph.D., but after almost a year and a half into this journey, I’ve found simultaneously being a new professional and graduate student to be completely possible!