NASPA Policy and Practice Series: A Framework for Divisionwide Assessments of Student Learning
Evidence of student learning and resource stewardship are integral components to higher education’s internal planning and
external accountability fabric. Assessment offers educational leaders a powerful tool to address needs for detailed evidence
that demonstrates areas of strength while pointing to areas that can enhance the educational environment delivered to
students. Although a litany of resources exist to guide program- and department-level assessment, few resources are designed
to help leaders in student affairs organize an integrated and cohesive approach to showcase the contributions of student
affairs for planning and accountability. The purpose of this issue of Policy and Practice is to support the efforts of student
affairs educators who want to build divisionwide assessment structures that are sustainable; enable practitioners to guide
and document change; and support the division’s ability to showcase the contributions of the cocurriculum toward resource
stewardship, student learning, and university mission.
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.
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Starting in late April, 2019, the NASPA Research and Policy Institute blog has been merged into the NASPA blog! Check us out there: http://www.naspa.org/about/blog
Is In-State Tuition Enough? 2019 State Legislation for Undocumented Students
This week, the Trump administration resurfaced its targeting of sanctuary cities through a proposal to place detained immigrants and asylum seekers solely in the responsibility of sanctuary municipalities. The proposal is rooted in the notion that safeguarding undocumented immigrants perpetuates criminal activity. The correlation between these two actions, however, is largely unfounded. While difficult to assess crime rates among undocumented immigrants specifically, a number of research studies analyzed by the Cato Institute in March 2019 have concluded that overall immigrant crime rates are actually much lower than crime rates among native born populations. From a policy perspective, aligning undocumented immigrants with criminal activity is also counterproductive as establishing a diverse and inclusive American workforce proves beneficial for global competitiveness and a more robust national economy. The question that arises here, then, is: what do undocumented immigrants need in order to succeed as a part of the American workforce? One option may be through increasing college affordability. In this post Diana Ali, Assistant Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, will provide an analysis of in-state tuition and financial aid state legislation for undocumented immigrants in 2019.
April 15 NASPA Policy Update
Have you heard about the reintroduction of the College Equity Act or the introduction of the Protect Student Borrowers Act of 2019? Did you know that last Friday the New York Dream Act was officially signed into law? Find all this and more, including the most recent updates in state-based legislation regarding in-state tuition for undocumented students and sexual assault prevention and response in this week's edition of the weekly update!