We’ve moved! Find the latest Research and Policy Institute updates on the NASPA blog!
Starting in late April, 2019, the NASPA Research and Policy Institute blog has been merged into the NASPA blog! Check us out there: http://www.naspa.org/about/blog
Gen Z is Not Impressed by Alternative Break Programs
A recent drop in overall participation of alternative break programs (AB) nationwide suggests that higher education institutions should further research the root causes. In one survey conducted by Breakaway, participation dropped from 20,207 to 19,107 students in one year, despite an increase in program options from 167 to 195. Attempting to understand the newest generation of traditional college aged students they can be an illuminating experience in the context of planning alternative break programs. Generation Z is dissimilar from their predecessors, the millennials, in many ways. Student affairs professionals would be amiss to use similar approaches to encourage co-curricular participation. College students who are classified as Generation Z (Gen Z) were born from 1995 to 2010, making up the entirety of traditional aged college students around 18 to 24 years of age.
Promoting a Civic Ethos in Campus Residence Halls
Implementing civic engagement programs, leadership positions, and dialogue is strategic and has allowed students to participate in something to better their world locally. These residential activities align with the College’s vision of “creating opportunity for our students to achieve successful careers and purposeful lives.” Students who participate in these programs, trainings, and conversations develop a sense of purpose greater than themselves. The goal of civic engagement in the residence halls is to infuse democratic values within the living environment. This infusion shapes student’s character into one that is open-minded, civil, ethical, and empathetic which contribute to the civic ethos that Alfred State desires.
Sustainability KC is accepting nominations for Chair/Co-Chair!
Sustainability KC is accepting nominations for Chair/Co-Chair! Apply by October 26.
I’m Not Here to Help: Three Lessons for Academics Who Want to Be Better Partners
We’ve all been there. We’re working on something we care deeply about, and we know it would be so much better if needed partners were at the table. For instance, we want to create an internship program because we know that students are clamoring for more hands-on experience and local employers stand ready to build a talent pipeline. Therefore we bring multiple parties together, discuss partnership possibilities, and identify some plausible next steps, but somehow our vision for the program never takes shape. If you’ve ever been frustrated by a scenario like this, Elise Newkirk-Kotfila, NASPA director of advising initiatives, offer three things everyone in a campus setting needs to keep in mind as they form partnerships.
Institution Spotlight: Rochester Community and Technical College Addresses Food Insecurity
From snack bins to food pantries, Rochester Community and Technical College is combating food insecurity on campus.