Crumbling Foundations and Fraying Nets: Intersections of Public Policy & Mental Health on Campus
While mental health is arguably one of the most prominent issues student affairs professionals engage with on a day-to-day basis, ranging from student needs to maintain or manage existing mental illness or stress to providing outlets and avenues for promotion of mental wellness, it is almost invisible in state and federal policymaking. In this post by Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA's Director of Policy Research and Advocacy discusses how state and federal policy conversations can add to the mental distress and strain for many students. Despite this, it is rare to see legislation specifically address the growing mental health demands (or the costs of those demands) facing campuses. Policies implemented or being considered nationally in the past year would reverse the gains made to strengthen our general public health and mental health safety nets afforded by the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion in many states. This erosion comes at a time when students are bombarded on all dimensions of health and wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, occupational, and financial.
Including Students with Learning Disabilities
Welcome to the DKC Presentation about how to include students with disabilities into all aspects of college/university life. The objectives of this presentation are to:
Define what a learning disability is
Identify areas of learning that can be affected by a learning disability
Identify inclusive, non-ableist strategies for including students with learning disabilities
Success in Action Series Part 3: Relax, Relate, Release
Creating and leading a change effort requires a lot of work, energy, and time. And, yes, while the work you are doing is rewarding and meaningful, we know that the experience can sometimes be draining and exhausting. Therefore, it is important that we practice a little self-care throughout our efforts. This Success in Action blog by NASPA Director of Strategic Initiatives Omari Burnside offers suggestions for how to make the most out of your winter break. However, these practices can be used at any time, not just at the end of the year. Because sometimes we just have to relax, relate, and release.
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.
2018 NASPA Community Colleges Division Annual Conference Program Guide
Learn more about Division events, meetings, and educational workshops focused on community colleges taking place in Philadelphia, PA during the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference!
Giving and Getting: Building Reciprocal Relationships to Fight Hunger
In 2014, Feeding America reported that one in five children in Illinois faced food insecurity. More current information from the Illinois Commission to End Hunger suggests that food insecurity in general, and college student food insecurity specifically, has spiked in recent years.