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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.
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!
What’s Shaping State Policy? Sexual Assault Prevention & Response in 2019
State law, especially regarding issues of urgency such as student safety, is highly sensitive to an evolving local and national policy landscape. State-level precedent on sexual assault prevention and response, emphasized as a result of Obama-era federal Title IX guidance, may be similarly impacted through judicial outcomes and new regulations under the Trump administration. This post by Diana Ali, Assistant Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, works to unpack some of the ways in which state-based sexual assault prevention and response policies have been shaped over the last few years, and what to expect from 2019 state legislatures