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

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    Labor Day has come and gone, and fall is on its way. Stay up to date with SA Weekly, your new destination for higher ed news, NASPA research and policy, constituent blogs, and more.

    Posted on September 10, 2018 at 04:05 PM by NASPA Blog
  • Being an Ally to Community Colleges

    The work I have done as an educator and administrator in student affairs has been mostly connected to diversity, inclusion, and equity. In addition to that, my educational experiences have all been at private and religious affiliated institutions. Where these experiences intersect is how I found my way towards advocating for the increase in understanding of Latinx/a/o students in community colleges.

    Posted on September 6, 2018 at 03:07 PM by NASPA Blog
  • Developing Intentional Partnerships Between Community Colleges and Four-Year Institutions

    Despite Latinx/a/o community college students having high aspirations to transfer to four-year institutions, Latinx/a/o transfer rates continue to be abysmally low and degree attainment continues to lag behind Asians, Whites, and African Americans. A majority of Latinx/a/o students have academic aspirations to transfer to four-year institutions, but many do not fulfill this academic goal and leave community college without a degree or certificate. To address the gaps between transfer aspirations and reality, community colleges and four-year institutions need to cultivate partnerships and create institutional policies that promote a transfer culture and expectation.

    Posted on August 30, 2018 at 01:25 PM by NASPA Blog
  • What You Need to Know About the Gainful Employment Rule Rescission

    As part of ongoing efforts by the Trump administration to roll back regulations across the federal government, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has opened a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to rescind the gainful employment regulations established during the Obama administration. The proposal has been expected for some time and follows previous delays and the reopening of negotiated rulemaking in late 2017 and early 2018. While the gainful employment rule has perceived flaws, the proposal by Secretary DeVos to remove it entirely without providing for an alternative regulatory framework has drawn criticism from higher education leaders and student advocacy groups. It is the role of the federal government to protect the interests of students and safeguard federal investment in financial aid programs by creating and enforcing an appropriate regulatory framework governing institutional performance and outcomes. The history of the gainful employment rule has been tumultuous and sorting through the differing perspectives among institutions, advocates, and researchers can be difficult. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will summarize some of the major concerns and promises of the gainful employment rule to help inform those who may wish to respond to the call for comment, which closes on September 13, 2018.

    Posted on August 30, 2018 at 08:03 AM by RPI Blog

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