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.
Food Security: The Answer from a Call to Civic Action
The new Bearcat Pantry now demonstrates the answer to the need. To really get an actual running pantry with consistent donations, funds, hours of operation, and a safe location, it took the action and commitment of multiple offices and departments to do so. The Bearcat Pantry has been the most supported, sustained and collaborative community project on Willamette’s campus in the history of the CSL office.
Equitable Educational Opportunities for System Impacted Latinx Students
In some states, correctional facilities are looking towards their counterparts at community colleges to develop an educational pathway with either educational programs inside prisons and/or a ‘next phase’ program that transitions a student after release to community college.
Institution Spotlight: Buena Vista University’s Education for Service
Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA took a bold step forward this winter by introducing a scholarship program designed to allow several Buena Vista County high school students to study at their local hometown college campus. The “Education For Service” (EFS) scholarship was established for 10 local first-generation, Pell Grant and Iowa Tuition Grant Eligible students, to receive a scholarship package equal to full tuition.
#CLDE18 OPENING PLENARY | CivEd Talks and Our CLDE Theory of Change
The 2018 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE18) meeting organized by the American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC) and NASPA LEAD Initiative, is continuing the conversation about our collective emergent Theory of Change adapted from elements of the 2012 A Crucible Moment report. We encourage participants to reflect on how together we can build campus cultures and contexts contribute to a more vibrant democracy, advance civic outcomes and pedagogies, and strategically institutionalize our work.
Tori Svoboda in the 2018 NASPA KC Online Publication!
Dr. Svoboa considers class in academic and career advising, offering tips for transforming advising practices to overcome assumptions in the SCIHE contribution to the 2018 KC Online Publication