NASPA Policy Briefing Series

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About This Course

The NASPA Policy Briefing Series is a free, online professional development opportunity provided by the NASPA Research and Policy Institute. Briefings occur on a monthly basis and deliver timely coverage of developments in the policy landscape that impact you and your campus.

Join members of the NASPA RPI team to learn about issues impacting the higher education landscape through the lens of how they apply to you in your role as a student affairs practitioner.

Do you have an idea for a briefing? E-mail Diana Ali, public policy analyst with the Research and Policy Institute, at


Exploring the Impact of Citizenship Pathways on Higher Education

May 9, 2019, 2:30 PM ET

NASPA joins with the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration,, United We Dream and other higher education organizations to support the passage of the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. NASPA has long supported a pathway to citizenship for 3.6 million qualifying Dreamers as both a measure of equity and inclusion and a policy platform to further success of the higher education community. How do pathways to citizenship and higher education align? For one, opportunities for citizenship increase motivation factors to pursue both postsecondary degrees and specialized career options. Join us for May’s Policy Briefing Series led by Assistant Director for Policy Research and Advocacy, Diana Ali, for a chance to unpack the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, and better understand its connection to higher education.

Unpacking State Policy: Trends in Campus Safety in 2019

April 11, 2019, 2:30 PM ET

The second tenant of NASPA’s Public Policy Agenda, “Student Safety and Wellness” encompasses, in addition to an ever-changing national conversation, the impact of evolving state-level policy issues on institutions of higher education. Student safety concerns range from the impact of free speech zone legislation, to changes in campus carry policies, to advancements in sexual assault prevention and response. As 2019 state legislatures draw to a close, April’s Policy Briefing Series will discuss legislative trends, including what passed, and what didn’t, as well as the kinds of measures introduced in the area of campus safety. Join NASPA’s Policy and Advocacy Team, Teri Lyn Hinds, Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, and Diana Ali, Assistant Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, for a free 30-minute legislative analysis on April 11 from 2:30-3pm EST.

State Investment in Higher Ed: Free College and Promise Programs in 2019

March 21, 2019, 2:30 PM ET

As our national economy continues to recover from the 2008 recession, state budgets are shifting toward a greater investment in education. Free college and college promise programs continue to capture legislative attention, with 45 pieces of legislation appearing in 19 states plus DC by early February, per a recent report by the Education Commission of the States. The policies vary, almost none are truly open to all students for all institutions, and analysts from the Education Trusts and other organizations have raised concerns about equity in how many of the programs are designed. Join us on March 21, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. ET for a free briefing that will review the 2019 legislation and surrounding conversations.

Learn. Engage. Represent: Grassroots Policy & NASPA’s National Student Affairs Day of Action

February 14, 2019, 2:30 PM ET

This year, NASPA’s National Student Affairs Day of Action (NSADA) will coincide with the NASPA 2019 Annual Conference in March. The Policy and Advocacy Team is releasing new content to assist you in your participation, and is emphasizing our commitment to equity and inclusion through partnership with NASPActs. Join us for this month’s policy briefing to learn more about NSADA and NASPActs, to gain tips on how to get involved no matter where you’re located nationally, and to become part of a movement to amplify the voice of student affairs in our representative democracy.

NASPA Release of Title IX Proposed Rule Resource Guides

January 10, 2019, 2:30 PM ET

The comment period deadline for the Department of Education’s proposed rules on Title IX is quickly approaching with less than a month away as we enter the New Year. To aid the comment writing process, NASPA is releasing a number of issue-based resource guides, specifically designed with the concerns of student affairs professionals in mind. This Policy Briefing Series will discuss the release of the resource guides, how to access them, and how they can help inform institutional and individual comments. NASPA staff will also open the session up to general questions on the proposed rule so feel free to arrive with questions in mind!

Federal Administrative Update: Checking the Pulse on Immigration Policy

November 29, 2018, 2:30 PM ET

From ongoing threats to the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to the implementation of multiple visa restrictions, 2018 has proved a tumultuous year for immigrant and international members of the higher education community. This briefing, presented by Assistant Director for Policy Research and Advocacy, Diana Ali, will review a timeline of federal immigration policy over the past year and draw implications of potential impacts to immigrant and international students as we move into the 116th Congress.

What’s up with Midterms? Policy Implications and Engagement Opportunities for the Non-Presidential Election Season

October 25, 2018, 2:30 PM ET

Congress is on the heels of an election which may have substantive policy implications for crucial higher education legislation such as that of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). While election outcomes remain difficult to predict, an analysis of potential impacts allows for quicker response times down the line. Further, it’s not too late to mobilize the voice of students on campus through voter engagement advocacy, and student affairs professionals play an important role in elevating these efforts. This month’s Policy Briefing Series, featuring NASPA Director of Civic Engagement and Knowledge Community Initiatives Stephanie, will give some insight into how election outcomes could impact federal higher education policy, while providing resources and recommendations for student affairs professionals interested in maximizing voter turnout at their institutions.

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