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The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and the NASPA LEAD Initiative are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Together we work to ensure that students graduate from our colleges and universities–both public and private–prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need.
It is almost time for the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference and, if you are attending, you may be wondering what sessions to attend. Chris Lewis, Dean of Student Affairs at Lansing Community College shares some of his choices as a person that has now been in a Senior Student Officer position for the last seven months, with new responsibilities to keep a keen eye on public policy. For someone that has not spent a lot of time incorporating public policy into day-to-day practices, this has been an adjustment, however, he knows that it impacts what he does and the educational experiences of the students that attend Lansing Community College.
College students can face a combination of logistical, financial, and psychological stressors that can potentially drive them off-track and lead them to make decisions that may not be in their best long-term interests. Students struggling to adjust to college and feeling like they “just don’t fit in” may stand to benefit most from being nudged into co-curricular engagement activities across campus or student support services, such as career counseling or advising. In this post, NASPA Research and Policy Associate Alexa Wesley discusses how, through intentional delivery and framing of information, student affairs professionals can promote the uptake and effectiveness of programs that will help students manage their competing priorities, build meaningful social connections, and improve overall health and wellbeing. This blog is the first in a series of posts that will discuss various applications of behavioral science in the context of higher education and student affairs.
The Women In Student Affairs Knowledge Community presents its 2018 NASPA Annual Conference program and event guide.
This guide highlights sessions, programs, and events of interest to student affairs professionals at small colleges and universities during the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference.
Most state legislatures started their 2018 legislative session in January and while it’s still fairly early in the session to have a solid sense of trends across the country, this post by NASPA Director of Policy Research & Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds provides an initial look at a few of the top issues NASPA’s Policy and Advocacy Team tracks: campus free speech, rights for trans individuals, and state-level immigration-related policies regarding sanctuary campuses or tuition and financial aid for undocumented immigrants. Some legislation introduced in 2017 is still under consideration in many states with biennial state legislative sessions, though this post will focus mostly on new legislation introduced in 2018 or that has been recently updated or acted on.