Join members of NASPA’s Research and Policy Institute (RPI) at #NASPA18 to learn more about our work to connect research, policy, and effective student affairs practice in support of student success and the strategic priorities of the Association. Be sure to stop by the NASPA Booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the work RPI staff are engaged in! The RPI blog is a great way to stay caught up with us year-round.
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Documenting and Assessing Co-Curricular Learning (Courtyard Marriott, Junipers Ballroom)
Presenters: Amelia Parnell, NASPA; Laura Wankel, Northeastern University; Tom Green, AACRAO
As a follow up to the 2017 annual conference session, this session will provide additional examples of how institutions are using cross-functional approaches to help students identify and document their learning inside and outside of the classroom. Of particular focus will be examples of how student affairs professionals are using technology to create comprehensive learning records and gather information about the types of environments that best prepare students for their post-graduation plans. The session will also include an update on NASPA’s partnership with the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) to scale this work to more institutions across the United States.
Helping Students Overcome Financial Barriers to the Finish Line (Convention Center, 120 A)
Presenters: Amelia Parnell, NASPA; Kevin Fudge, American Student Assistance
Nearly half of all undergraduates never make it to the finish line of graduation, often due to financial distress. In this session, we’ll explore how student affairs can help identify students at risk of dropping out over financial concerns; the role institutional emergency grants and/or loans can play in increased retention and completion; and student affairs strategies to help students who do drop out make a successful transition from withdrawal to re-entry.
Data, Analytics, and Student Success: Perspectives from IR, IT, and Student Affairs (Convention Center, 119 B)
Presenters: Amelia Parnell, NASPA; Darlena Jones, Association for Institutional Research; D. Christopher Brooks, EDUCAUSE
Collaboration between student affairs, institutional research, and information technology is essential to building a culture of data-driven decision making. Join presenters from NASPA, the Association for Institutional Research, and EDUCAUSE as we explore the use of data and predictive analytics to inform student success initiatives.
Institutional Responses to Sexual Violence: What Data from a Culture of Respect Program Tell Us About the State of the Field (Convention Center, 120 A)
Presenters: Allison Tombros Korman, Senior Director, Culture of Respect at NASPA, Sarice Greenstein, Program Manager, Culture of Respect at NASPA, Tanya Jachimiak, Director, Title IX Office, Wake Forest University, Lori Stettler, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Southern Illinois University
As colleges and universities work to prevent and respond to sexual violence, limited data are available that speak to what these efforts look like on a national level. Culture of Respect's signature program - the Collective - offers a glimpse into this picture. This session will explicate the Collective program model and report data from the baseline self-assessment administered by the 52-institution cohort. The strengths and opportunities identified in the session reflect trends applicable to higher education.
Learning from program-based research: An exploration of data from Callisto and Culture of Respect (Convention Center, 120 A)
Presenters: Allison Tombros Korman, Senior Director, Culture of Respect at NASPA, Sarice Greenstein, Program Manager, Culture of Respect at NASPA, Tanya Jachimiak, Director, Title IX Office, Wake Forest University, Jess Ladd, Founder and CEO, Callisto
This session is a collaborative program that presents data from program-based research conducted by Callisto and Culture of Respect, two groups dedicated to working with campus administrators to improve institutional responses to sexual violence. The session is structured in a symposium format: staff from each program will present the methodology and results from their research, after which Tanya Jachimiak from Wake Forest University (acting as a discussant) will synthesize and contextualize the data, providing recommendations for how it can inform prevention and response efforts on campus. This session is appropriate for student affairs professionals at any level.
Advancing Retention Efforts with Emergency Aid (Convention Center, 120 A)
Presenters: Omari Burnside, Director of Strategic Initiatives, NASPA; Amy Geist, Director of Strategic Initiatives, NASPA; Jan Lloyd, Associate Vice President for Student Development, Seminole State College of Florida
Emergency Aid is becoming a popular strategy institutions are using to support student retention efforts. Whether an institution offers completion scholarships or has an established on-campus food pantry, these resources provide critical and timely assistance to students in need. In this session, presenters will share insights on how institutions effectively administer different types of emergency aid resources and provide useful tools and resources to help practitioners build and strengthen their own programs.
Fostering Learning and Developing Leaders for the Future: Responding to the Goldwater Institute Campus Free Speech Legislative Proposal (Convention Center, 121 B)
Presenters: Teri Lyn Hinds, Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, NASPA; Diana Ali, Policy Analyst, NASPA
State lawmakers in at least 10 states proposed "free speech" legislation in 2017; such legislation was enacted in 5 states, with more expected in 2018. The presenter will provide tools and resources for countering accusations that campuses are unfriendly to speakers who represent conservative viewpoints. Resources for establishing the pedagogically appropriate use of campus safe spaces, brave spaces, and trigger warnings will be provided.
Applying an Intersectional Lens to Campus Sexual Violence Prevention and Response (Convention Center, 120 A)
Presenters: Allison Tombros Korman, Senior Director, Culture of Respect at NASPA, Sarice Greenstein, Program Manager, Culture of Respect at NASPA, Jill Dunlap, Director for Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice, NASPA, Chardonnay Madkins, Project Manager, End Rape on Campus (EROC), Lamea “Elle” Shaaban-Magaña, Director, Women and Gender Resource Center, University of Alabama
Discussions around identities abound. Integrating intersectionality - the complexity of how identity impacts and informs experiences - could yield a more meaningful experience with sexual violence prevention programming. Yet, data from the Culture of Respect Collective suggest institutions are not frequently availing themselves of this opportunity. In this session, presenters will: unpack the concept of intersectionality; discuss its relation to sexual violence; and suggest concrete actions institutions can take to create an intersectional approach to addressing violence.
Higher Education Policy Update: Federal and State Priorities for Student Affairs (Convention Center, 121 B)
Presenters: Teri Lyn Hinds, Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, NASPA; Diana Ali, Policy Analyst, NASPA
Many of the issues occupying the minds of public policymakers around the country are directly related to the day-to-day work of student affairs professionals. The presenter will provide a broad overview of the federal and state policy landscape with a special focus on issues that align with the NASPA Public Policy Agenda. Participants will learn about financial aid, costs, and student debt; sexual assault prevention and response; equity and inclusion for trans students, immigrants, and veterans; guns on campus; and campus free speech.
Breaking the Silence: How Administrators Can - and Should - Speak Out about Sexual Violence (Convention Center, 120 A)
Presenters: Allison Tombros Korman, Senior Director, Culture of Respect at NASPA, Rob Flaherty, Chairman, Ketchum, John Bradbury, Partner and Director, Issues and Crisis, Ketchum
Recently, it feels like every day a new institution is on the front page for their (mis)handling of a sexual violence or harassment incident. However, executed thoughtfully and intentionally, administrators proactively speaking out about sexual violence can benefit the institution and position them as a leader. In this session, presenters will use real-life examples of what worked and what didn’t (and why) when administrators spoke out, and best practices for breaking the silence around sexual violence.
NASPActs Rally for Students’ Rights
Join the NASPA Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Division to bring awareness to the various ways that minoritized student populations are being negatively impacted by the current administration’s policies. Following a march from the convention center to the Thomas Payne Plaza in downtown Philadelphia, students who have been targeted or negatively impacted by current policy changes will share their challenges and the ways that Student Affairs professionals can continue to support them.
Beyond the Pay Check: Transforming the On-Campus Student Employment Experience (Convention Center, 120 C)
Presenters: Omari Burnside, Director of Strategic Initiatives, NASPA; Alexa Wesley, Research and Policy Associate, NASPA; Marianna Savoca, Director, Career Center, Stony Brook University
In addition to providing financial assistance to students, student employment creates the perfect opportunity to further support student development, build career-ready skills, and serve as a high-impact practice. In this session, NASPA will share preliminary findings from its current research on on-campus student employment (including Federal work-study, internships, and other campus-based opportunities). Presenters will also highlight effective strategies and practices institutions are using to enhance the employment experience and to support student success.
Holistic Advising: Leveraging Data and Working Across Campus for Student Success (Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom 1)
Presenters: Amelia Parnell, NASPA; Jennifer Keup, University of South Carolina; Stephanie Gordon, NASPA; Lewis Brown, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning; Ana Borray, EDUCAUSE; Sarah Bauder, Gates Foundation
As today’s college students juggle varying academic, financial, and career priorities, it is now more important than ever that institutions provide holistic advising resources. This panel of experts will discuss national trends in advising, with a focus on how institutions are leveraging data and working cross-functionally to help students make decisions. The session will also address the current landscape of advising strategies, including successful approaches for guiding students along academic and career pathways and using technology to scale effective solutions. The session will conclude with considerations and suggestions for student affairs professionals and other practitioners who have roles that advise priority student populations.
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