Law and Policy

Local, state, and federal laws as well as institutional policy affect the practice of student affairs professionals every day in their work to educate students. The Law and Policy focus area highlights the need for up-to-date information and accurate data, providing resources through the Research and Policy Institute (RPI), NASPA conferences and certificate programs, and the public policy division. NASPA provides timely and focused professional development opportunities to educate student affairs professionals about the legal, compliance, and policy issues relevant in higher education today.

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Research and Policy Institute (RPI)
NASPA's Research and Policy Institute provides student affairs professionals with the latest policy developments that influence our work.

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    It was a long and winding road that led to the final release of Lumina Foundation’s Beyond Financial Aid report at a recent Launch & Learn event.

    Posted on May 17, 2018 at 02:06 PM by NASPA Blog
  • Threats to the One-person, One-vote Principle: Gerrymandering & the 2020 US Census

    Though not articulated until the 1960s, the one-person, one-vote principle is considered foundational to our representative democracy, echoing in the minds of many the desire of the founding fathers to create a nation “of the people, by the people, for the people”. With the 2020 Census looming, and subsequent mandatory redistricting in all states with more than one congressional district, concerns around ensuring both a complete and accurate census and fair and balanced electoral districts are rising. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds explains the relationship between the decennial census and the redistricting process and highlight current threats to ensuring fair representation for everyone in the United States.

    Posted on May 17, 2018 at 01:15 PM by RPI Blog
  • Notes & Coffee: May 7 -13

    Catch up on this week's trending student affairs and higher ed news, including: Education Department unwinds unit investigating fraud at for-profits; Aid in the wrong direction; DeVos to review restrictions on religious institutions; After 3-day strike, University of California’s service workers vow to keep fighting; New approach to apprenticeships

    Posted on May 13, 2018 at 02:12 PM by NASPA Blog
  • Grassroots Mobilization & Associational Influence: Observations from the Oklahoma Teacher Walk-Out

    A tidal wave of protest and discontent has been sweeping across many states in recent months, swelling up in school districts and spilling out on state capitol grounds, flooding the halls of government. Frustrated with stagnant and insufficient salaries, and discouraged by flat or reduced school funding, teachers have been mobilizing and making their voices heard. State lawmakers have taken note. Teachers’ demands are being met with legislation to increase funding and/or salaries, and while wish lists might not be completely satisfied, great progress has been made in several states with respect to increasing the prospects of better-funded public K-12 education. Dr. Brent Marsh, the Small Colleges and Universities Division Representative to NASPA's Public Policy Division shares observations and lessons from the field from his perspective in a small, rural community during the Oklahoma Teacher Walk-Out.

    Posted on May 9, 2018 at 11:47 AM by Public Policy Division

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