The Alcohol, Other Drugs Prevention Focus Area highlights the continued challenges facing higher education when it comes to substance abuse on campuses. Bringing together the resources of Knowledge Communities, specialized conferences, and in-depth research the AOD focus area is committed to providing student affairs practitioners with the tools necessary to effectively deal with these challenges.
Using the CAS Professional Standards is a practical text designed to highlight multiple ways to apply the standards and guidelines published by the Council for…Buy
This updated set of Professional Competency Areas is intended to define the broad professional knowledge, skills, and, in some cases, attitudes expected of student affairs professionals regardless of their…Buy
Decisions Matter is an innovative guide designed to help novice student affairs professionals develop effective decision-making skills. Written by seasoned student affairs educators and practitioners, this book contains a…Buy
Catch up on this week’s trending student affairs and higher ed news, including: Black colleges swept up in for-profit crackdown find relief from DeVos; Promises of swift, radical change; Possible rules for athletes with history of sexual violence; Title IX failures; Queer student counseling.
While mental health is arguably one of the most prominent issues student affairs professionals engage with on a day-to-day basis, ranging from student needs to maintain or manage existing mental illness or stress to providing outlets and avenues for promotion of mental wellness, it is almost invisible in state and federal policymaking. In this post by Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA's Director of Policy Research and Advocacy discusses how state and federal policy conversations can add to the mental distress and strain for many students. Despite this, it is rare to see legislation specifically address the growing mental health demands (or the costs of those demands) facing campuses. Policies implemented or being considered nationally in the past year would reverse the gains made to strengthen our general public health and mental health safety nets afforded by the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion in many states. This erosion comes at a time when students are bombarded on all dimensions of health and wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, occupational, and financial.
Each spring, volunteer teams from around the country work to coordinate regional spring conferences. Since regional spring conferences are geographically based, they provide a more personalized and relaxed conference setting. Regional conferences also allow peer education groups to expand on presentations from General Assembly as well as network for future collaborations. Applications to host a spring conference in 2019 are now available. We welcome you to attend any of the regional spring conferences if the location or dates are a better fit.
Catch up on this week’s trending student affairs and higher ed news, including: Final GOP deal would tax large endowments; Grand jury report on Penn State hazing finds “indignities and depravities”; More college presidents join the millionaires’ club; Bottom line up front; “Too much, too fast”?