Policy and Advocacy

Alongside institutional policy, local, state, and federal legislation affects the practice of higher education professionals every day in their work to educate students. Our Policy and Advocacy focus area serves the need for timely information and analyses related to emerging policy, and offers resources to help you understand evolving higher ed law curated by our research and policy team. 

Empowered by the work of NASPA’s Public Policy Division, and featuring numerous high-impact professional development opportunities such as NASPA Hill Days and the Certificate Program in Student Affairs Law and Policy, this focus area aims to educate higher ed pros about the legislative, compliance, and policy issues relevant in today’s higher ed landscape. 

 

NASPA’s policy and advocacy work is guided by the Association’s Public Policy Agenda, developed by the Public Policy Division.
 

NASPA Standing Policy Position Statements

 

NASPA Led Statements and Comments on Recent Policy Matters

Public Comments on Title IX Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, September 12, 2022

We, the undersigned student affairs associations, respectfully submit these comments in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed rule, under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Docket ID ED–2021–OCR–0166), published July 12, 2022. We write both to commend the Department of Education (the Department) for many aspects of the rule, and to request several revisions and additions to further strengthen Title IX in tandem with the needs of today’s students, and the student affairs professionals working to serve them on the frontlines.

February 2022 Letter Regarding Overtime Regulations, March 16, 2022

We appreciate the role the Forbes article plays in raising awareness of the morale issues that exist in the higher education workforce, and of the need to examine pay scales for the critical work of student affairs professionals – something that is long overdue. NASPA regularly provides input on policies that would impact the student affairs community. We are not opposed to raising minimum salary thresholds, and  insist that the Department of Labor allow for input as part of making regulatory changes.

Solidarity with the Ukrainian People, March 2, 2022

NASPA stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. The war in Ukraine poses an immediate threat to the lives and well-being of many of our dedicated colleagues and their families. In addition, this crisis is generating consequences in the region that can be felt globally. NASPA is monitoring the responses of higher education institutions, associations, and students and will share an update on the effects of the conflict and sanctions in our monthly policy newsletter (to receive the newsletter, visit this link and select Public Policy Division in Divisions and Groups). 

Comments on DACA Rulemaking, November 29, 2021

On behalf of 15,000 student affairs professionals represented by NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the Undocumented Immigrants and Allies Knowledge Community, we submitted this comment letter in response to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s proposed rule, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DHS Docket No. USCIS-2021-0006), published September 28, 2021. NASPA writes both in support of the proposed rule and to request several changes and additions to further strengthen DACA in tandem with the needs of today’s higher education community. 

 

 Statements and Comments on Recent Policy Matters NASPA Has Joined in the Last Year

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.

#DoublePell Campaign
#SaveStudentAid
DACA / Dream Act
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