NASPA Policy and Practice Series: Strategies for Addressing Mental Health Support on Campus
This issue of Policy and Practice offers counselors and student affairs professionals strategies to effectively support the mental health needs of today’s students. In response to the increase in student demand for mental health services in a time of fixed or declining resources, institutions have explored a variety of approaches. To achieve the transparent, connected, and flexible systems that students need, institutions must have a robust infrastructure in place that includes a clearly defined scope of service that best fits the campus context; well-documented policies and procedures centered on equity and in alignment with applicable legal and ethical standards; and mechanisms for cross campus communication, assessment, and ongoing improvement. This brief overviews relevant federal legislation and liability concerns, highlights trends in counseling center practices, and offers recommendations for campus mental health policies and practices.
Employing Student Success: A Comprehensive Examination of On-Campus Student Employment
This report explores how colleges and universities design and administer on-campus student employment as a high-impact practice. NASPA examined the current condition of on-campus employment opportunities and identified promising practices and components of robust programs.This report identifies ways to support and scale conditions of highly impactful employment programs, which include a focus on leadership engagement, equitable hiring processes, growth and professional development opportunities, student learning outcomes, and assessment and evaluation. Institutions that have demonstrated a willingness to advance the practice can engage in thoughtful planning and build upon their existing infrastructure to actualize goals for on-campus employment. The landscape analysis will help inform and offer guidance for colleges and universities that consider on-campus employment as an underutilized resource and are seeking to transform the practice into a powerful means of advancing student success.
The First Amendment and the Inclusive Campus: Effective Strategies for Leaders in Student Affairs
Following numerous high-profile incidents involving provocative speakers and organizations on college and university campuses, student affairs leaders are revisiting free speech policies and practices to ensure alignment with the First Amendment. Student affairs educators are also exercising care and precaution to maintain the integrity of their institutional commitments to diversity and inclusion. This issue of Policy and Practice describes First Amendment principles, provides pertinent case studies, and summarizes effective practices to help leaders manage controversial speakers and demonstrators while promoting inclusive campus environments.
Institutions’ Use of Data and Analytics for Student Success: Results From a Landscape Analysis
NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), and EDUCAUSE have conducted a national landscape analysis to examine how institutional research (IR), student affairs, and information technology (IT) professionals are working together to support students. The three higher education associations jointly developed and launched a national survey of their memberships to identify trends in the types of student success data projects that institutions conduct, the structures in place for sharing data among multiple users, the level of coordination across functions, and how institutions are using data to inform interventions and program delivery. This report reflects responses from nearly 1,000 IR, student affairs, and IT professionals across public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the United States and concludes with four recommendations for improving and executing an institution-wide, data-informed strategy for student success.