Building on NASPA’s role as a leading advocate for policy in support of students and the student affairs profession, and reflecting the Association’s continuing effort to develop members’ professional competencies in the area of public policy, NASPA’s Board of Directors will vote on the following Public Policy Agenda to determine member and staff policy engagement for 2014-2017. NASPA’s Public Policy Division appreciates your contribution to the formation of this agenda and welcomes your thoughtful feedback.
NASPA’s Public Policy Agenda is grounded in a commitment to opportunity for the nation’s students and a belief that higher education is of great individual and societal benefit. NASPA members and staff will direct efforts toward the following key public policy issue areas:
Student success and college completion
NASPA is committed to supporting public and institutional policies that seek to expand access to high-quality postsecondary education, and that ensure campus cultures are committed to demonstrating learning and personal development.
Issues related to undocumented students
NASPA is committed to providing educational programs and services to help members navigate the undocumented student policy landscape; to supporting individuals interested in becoming involved in advocacy work on their campuses; and to educating student leaders and others on how to engage community, state, and national policy dialogues related to undocumented students.
Cost of and funding for higher education, including related accountability efforts
NASPA is committed to efforts that influence policies designed to increase affordability for students; to making constructive contributions to discussions about measures of accountability to ensure relevancy and transparency for students and institutional leaders; and to tracking the design of effective pathways to postsecondary degrees, with particular emphasis on the role of online education providers and community colleges. In all areas, NASPA supports cost-conscious approaches to funding and budgeting that maintain a focus on student learning and impactful student supports.
Student safety and wellness
NASPA is committed to providing student affairs professionals with resources and educational programs that support and promote student safety and wellness. Student affairs professionals play a central role in ensuring that students experience campus environments that are inclusive, safe and supportive of wellness. NASPA, in turn, plays an important role in advocacy for student safety and wellness in public policy arenas, and also in helping student affairs professionals navigate compliance with related legislation, regulations, and governmental guidance.
NASPA strongly encourages you to let your voice be heard. By commenting on this agenda, you help shape the organization’s priorities for the next three years. Your voice is critical to shaping our policy advocacy and engagement for the next three years.
Let your voice be heard by using the Identify a Policy Issue portal on the Public Policy Division page or by submitting comments via email to [email protected]. The comment period is open and will remain so until June 30th, 2014. We look forward to hearing from you.
NASPA's Public Policy Division