Teaching Students to Vote? Challenging Assumptions Through Intentional Practice
As colleges and universities across the United States seek to improve the educational opportunities for students that foster a long-term campus climate for positive political learning, we see emergent innovations and promising practices. By developing informed voters by teaching voting basics, information literacy, history and the current state of voting rights, we believe that educators can build a system that benefits our democracy.
Mike Brody, vice president for student services and Title IX coordinator at Reed College, muses on the polarization on our campuses and in society and reminds us of the important roles that student affairs educators and leaders play in helping our communities to bridge the gaps.
From Boom to Bust?: The Changing Landscape of Student Enrollment in Higher Education
In the early 1990s, the number of U.S. high school graduates began to increase. The upward tick was both consistent and striking. 5 years of increases…then 10 years of increases…15 years…20+ years of increases! The ever-growing numbers of high school graduates translated into a real boon for higher education. The number of colleges and universities across the nation increased from approximately 3,500 institutions to 4,700 institutions. These institutions then made sizeable investments in a number of areas including campus amenities such as residence halls, fitness centers, and—of course—the proverbial lazy rivers. We in student affairs also benefited, albeit to the consternation of some of my faculty colleagues. In fact, the number of student affairs professionals and other non-academic administrators more than doubled while instructional budgets saw only modest increases.
Managing Change in Student Affairs
Felicia Patterson, vice president for learner support services at Anne Arundel Community College, contends that institutions must continuously change and improve in order to meet students’ needs.
VPSAs, Don’t Overlook the Opportunities Connected with NASPA Regional Conferences
Eric Grospitch, vice president for student life at Washburn University, makes the case for vice presidents for student affairs to prioritize attending their regional conferences
Getting Back to the Basics. Getting Back to Bike Helmets
Barbara LoMonaco, vice president for student affairs at Salve Regina University, recommends a shift in how we frame the differences between today’s colleges students and those of us who had more culturally “free range” childhoods.