Advocacy for Student Success
- NASPA is committed to collaboration with local, state, national, and global partners to champion and support legislation, policies, and practices that advance student learning and success.
- Strengthen preparation in K-12 through policy integration and coordination between postsecondary and K-12 education that prioritizes student success
- Examine state and federal student assistance programs aimed at helping students enter college and persist, including through post-graduate studies
- Advocate for policies that support loan forgiveness, emergency student aid, and similar programs, and combat predatory lending practices
- Support policies that promote healthy, safe campus communities and ensure holistic care for students and student wellness
- Advance strategies that demonstrate and policies that support measurable student skill development, facilitate seamless transfer of credits, and afford diverse credentialing opportunities to meet future workforce demands
Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
- NASPA strives to improve post-secondary access and achievement, open pathways for equity-seeking, historically minoritized, and marginalized communities, and emphasize evidence-based, innovative, inclusive, and socially just higher education policy and practices.
- Increase awareness of domestic and global policies and practices that promote inclusive excellence in higher education and eliminate institutional barriers for students and employees representing various backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences
- Dismantle systemic structures that perpetuate white supremacy and that replicate unjust institutional inequity by advocating for inclusive hiring and employment practices and elevating the voices of at-will, non-tenured employees
- Advocate for public policies that equip communities and institutions with structures (e.g., public benefits and transportation, basic needs security) that facilitate access to higher education, particularly for historically minoritized populations
Research & Scholarship
- NASPA supports public policy focused research, analysis, and scholarship that informs evidence-based, emergent, and equitable practice. This could include strengthening strategic partnerships, promoting scholar-practitioner opportunities, and leveraging exemplary policy-to-practice research, analysis, and scholarship in support of Student Affairs faculty and practitioners.
- Collaborate with academic organizations and faculty in graduate education to promote curriculum that prepares student affairs professionals to be successful in an increasingly complex policy landscape
- Encourage research that will inform policy regarding diverse institutions (e.g., HBCUs, SCUs, CCs, Tribal Colleges) and the diverse student bodies they enroll
- Cultivate and promote policy-centered scholarship by student affairs practitioners generally and about the profession's contribution toward implementing state and federal higher education policy
- Solicit comprehensive evaluation of policy formation and implementation to improve future policy development
- Investigate student affairs practitioners’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions regarding higher education policy issues
Professional Development and Engagement
- NASPA will emphasize exceptional education and volunteer engagement that prepares members to lead on current and future public policy issues in higher education, including professional development and networking opportunities relevant for all career levels.
- Enhance student affairs professionals’ ability to understand, respond to, and navigate expressive activity successfully at both public and private institutions with appropriate consideration to institutional policy and state and federal law
- Promote deliberative dialogue as a framework for student affairs professionals to engage students and colleagues around difficult, polarizing topics
- Develop skill in policy writing, approval, and implementation
- Provide members with resources and training on public policy advocacy
- Advocate for workplace policies that empower student affairs professionals related to parental leave, childcare, and flexible work schedules