A Year of DACA in Congress
With a new Congress to take on the Hill in January, the current state of agency oversight and legislation under consideration is likely to change. The question of how oversight and legislation will be implemented remains. Since the academic year started this past fall, a number of newly-proposed or implemented immigration policies continue to pose potential threats for immigrant and international students, though again the question as to the pervasiveness of these threats remains. This post will explore the current state of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the likelihood for DACA to be considered under the 116th Congress, and implications for the higher education community. For updates on the broader range of threats to immigrants and international students, including implications pertaining to Public Charge and the Overstay Visa Policy, please tune in this afternoon Thursday, November 29, to a free 30-minute policy briefing update on national immigration policy.
November 26th NASPA Policy Update
This post provides relevant higher education policy updates for student affairs professionals between 11/20/2018 and 11/26/2018.
November 19th NASPA Policy Update
This post provides relevant higher education policy updates for student affairs professionals between 11/12/2018 and 11/19/2018.
Three Ways Advising Has Evolved
Across the nation, institutions are working to get to know their students better - to learn in detail what students’ daily lives are like. Are they hungry or housing insecure? Are they the first-generation students? What are their academic, career and financial goals? As institutions work toward their completion agendas, they are moving away from understanding academic advising solely as an academic transaction. At the same time, the field of faculty and primary-role advisors continue to push for comprehensive wraparound services that frame and respond to student needs holistically. This shift requires institution-wide reflection on the current student experience from recruitment through graduation, change and leadership management and the strategic use of technology. Academic advising is one of the most impactful levers in this landscape, where 6-year graduation rates for full-time students hover at 55% (Tyton, 2015). NASPA is developing and managing a network of leading organizations to help institutions redesign their academic advising practices to ensure equitable outcomes for all students.
In this guest post, two experts from NACADA – The Global Community for Academic Advising and Achieving the Dream have provided insight on the beneficial ways the academic advising field has evolved over time and the most prevalent challenges. Dr. Jennifer Joslin is the Associate Director for Content Development at NACADA, and Dr. Mei-Yen Ireland is the Executive Director of Holistic Student Supports at Achieving the Dream. In what follows, they describe three continuing shifts in the field and the persistent challenges institutions face when engaging in advising redesign.
Post-Election Round-Up: What Happened and What Does it Mean for Student Affairs?
No matter your political affiliation, there was much to celebrate in Tuesday’s midterms, which resulted in increasing diversity of our nation’s elected officials, seven state gubernatorial races (so far) flipping from Republican to Democrat, an increased Republican majority in the Senate, and a Democratic takeover in the House. If your interest in policy work is more issue-based, you may be searching for the answers to what this all means now that results are in. How does a night of history-making play out on the ground, and how will these state and federal results impact local higher education communities? This post by NASPA assistant director of policy research and advocacy Diana Ali will dig into some of the outcomes, including early indications of record voter turnout on college campuses, to provide insight into these questions.