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A signature online professional development series: Support your staff. Enhance your practice. Strengthen your division.
In a time that resources are stretched and in-person professional development opportunities are limited, the NASPA Advisory Services P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.S. Live Briefing Series is a resource-conscious way to provide live and on-demand online professional development to student affairs staff at all levels.
This Live Briefing Series, offered via subscription or a la carte, features virtual presentations on critical student affairs topics spanning across NASPA Advisory Services’ signature framework, P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.S., and its foundational elements for student affairs divisions:policies and procedures for campus safety, resources, academic affairs partnerships, compliance, technology, inclusion, community, evidence-based practices and student success. This framework is applicable to divisions of student affairs and services regardless of institutional size, location, or type.
Nine 60-minute live briefings, one per foundational element topic, will be offered in the fall (August 2020-December 2020) and spring (January 2021-May 2021). A subscription to the series will allow customization of a division’s professional development experience, providing diverse topics and the opportunity to determine whether to provide the professional development briefing to staff live, as-scheduled, or on-demand, to fit with staff needs.
The NASPA Advisory Services P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.S. Live Briefing Series is a flexible, effective way to provide a comprehensive professional development series to all levels of staff.
Learn more about NASPA Advisory Services signature framework, P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.S. below.
P - Policy
Student affairs divisions should seek to have relevant, current, and appropriate policies, protocols, and processes that foster a safe, diverse, and welcoming community for all students. Student affairs policies and procedures should aspire to be mission sensitive and accessible, and designed to inform, support, and protect students as well as guide practitioners.
R - Resources
Student affairs leaders should seek to possess a thorough understanding of their institution’s budget and resource allocations. Divisions of student affairs should pursue current and appropriate methods of funding programs, services, and operations while also identifying potential new sources of funding internally and externally (e.g., government and state funding and grants, foundations, non-profits and public-private partnerships.)
A - Academics
Divisions of student affairs should aspire to align and partner with academic affairs and strengthen a culture of continued student enrollment, academic progress, and student success. Working collaboratively with academic affairs, student affairs divisions should seek to support institutional practices that foster academic progress as well as limit those practices that inhibit learning, early attrition, and degree completion.
C - Compliance
Student affairs divisions should seek to dedicate appropriate attention, and adhere, to compliance requirements with laws, regulations, and policies that relate to their respective responsibilities and that pose legal obligations, limitations, risks, and liabilities for students and the institution as a whole.
T - Technology
Student affairs divisions should aspire to have adequate and current technology to support the achievement of their mission and goals as well as to facilitate student learning and development, and digital literacy.
I - Inclusion
Student affairs divisions should strive to cultivate, strengthen, and sustain an inclusive and equitable community for all campus members, especially students. Student affairs should seek ways to ensure access, voice, acknowledgment, opportunity, and participation at all levels of students’ experiences.
C - Community
Student affairs divisions should work to promote efforts to convey to all enrolled students that they are important and valued. The institution should pursue systems and adequate opportunities for students to have a sense of safety, belonging, and campus pride. Student affairs leadership should seek to have external involvement (e.g., city, town, county, local area) supporting the institution and its students.
E - Evidence
Student affairs divisions should strive to regularly assess programs and services, and use the respective data as the basis for decision-making in regard to the effectiveness, impact, and quality of work. Student affairs divisions should seek to demonstrate that they are using evidence-based information and knowledge to design and implement initiatives that result in improved student learning, as well as to allocate and repurpose resources.
S - Students
Student affairs divisions should strive to be responsive to contemporary students and current trends in higher education, understand current student affairs trends and services, engage in student success initiatives, and focus on the completion efforts of the institution.
Call for Proposals
NASPA Advisory Services invites proposals from professionals from across the academy committed to strengthening the essential practices and critical elements for all divisions of student affairs.
We encourage proposals featuring proven practices, as well as newly-emerging practices resulting from the disruption of the novel coronavirus that are showing early signs of success, with topics that will engage participants and provide meaningful content to bring to their campuses.
If you are interested in supporting the live briefings series, please submit your information via this reviewer interest form by May 21, 2020.
Helpful Tips and Considerations
Successful Proposals Should Include:
Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
Relationship of the program to the P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.S. elements (more information can be found here).
Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, relevant experience, a cogent model, or appropriate theory.
Proposal Writing Tips:
Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.