Policy & Advocacy

Policy News, Notes, and Opinion: Information You Can Use

NASPA staff regularly works with members to provide overviews and updates on key federal and state policy conversations relevant to student affairs work. NASPA’s policy and advocacy team also liaises between NASPA members and other national associations to inform higher education professionals and policymakers about the effect of passed and proposed policies on college campuses. NASPA’s policy and advocacy work is guided by the Association’s Public Policy Agenda, developed by the Public Policy Division. The current Public Policy Agenda was approved by the NASPA Board of Directors in July 2017 and will be in place through July 2020. 

NASPA regularly represents the voices of student affairs professionals in policy conversations in Washington, D.C. along with other higher education associations. Our recent statements and letters from the higher education community that we have joined demonstrate the specific areas we are working to draw policymakers’ attention to and may be useful as you develop your own talking points and letters. The list below highlights recent statements and letters NASPA has drafted or participated in.

NASPA Statements and Comments

Statements and Comments NASPA Has Joined (since 1/2018)

Current Calls to Action

Collective advocacy, the intentional leveraging of many voices on a single issue or set of issues, is a powerful and effective way to get lawmakers’ attention. Whether you join in to add your voice on issues that affect our students and their ability to access and complete their education, or organize a call-in or letter writing campaign to mobilize others, your voice is needed. The list below represents a sampling of current calls to action, though please note that calls for an institutional commitment or comment should be handled in cooperation with your campus government affairs or senior leadership team.

DACA / Dream Act

Higher Education Act Reauthorization