NASPA Online Learning Community

Policy Pulse: Navigating Current Trends in Higher Education for Student Affairs Professionals

Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 07/09/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

July 8-August 9

This short course will provide valuable insights into the intersection of public policy and higher education related to the work of Student Affairs Practitioners.  The 5-week cohort model course will provide valuable insights, reflections, best practices, and conversations around timely public policy topics impacting colleges and universities.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand vocabulary and concepts related to higher education public policy and how these concepts appear in their campus context. 
  • Articulate how federal and state public policy impacts the work of student affairs professionals as a whole. 
  • Share comprehensive federal and state policy with other campus partners and stakeholders.
Course Prices 

Member:             $349

Non-member:     $549

Live Session

The five 60-minute live sessions will be held every Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. ET. 

They are scheduled for the following dates:

Week 1: July 9

Week 2: July 15

Week 3: July 23

Week 4: July 30

Week 5: August 6

This course is synchronous and asynchronous, with one weekly live session. Depending on the content and speakers of each live session, the session may be recorded for viewing at a later date. Attendance and participation in the live session offer an opportunity to engage in activities and knowledge sharing that will add to the learning experience; participation in the live sessions are highly encouraged.

Course Outline

Week 1: Public Policy 101

Week 2: State Legislation: Policy and Implications 

Week 3: Free Speech and Dialogue on College Campuses

Week 4: Policy Intersections: A Panel Discussion on the Convergence of Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Week 5: Preparing Your Campus for the 2024 Election

Course Commitment and Expectations

The course will require 4-7 hours per week, with assignments, engagement, and live sessions. All participants are expected to contribute to discussions and be present during live sessions. The course requires participants to have access to a computer, Wi-Fi, and webcam. All live sessions will be via Zoom, which will provide presentation slides and closed captioning. 

This program is sponsored by the Public Policy Division (PPD). 

Dr. James Tyger

Interim Assistant Vice President, Student Life

University of Florida

Dr. James Tyger currently serves as the interim assistant vice president for Student Life, working with the Student Engagement portfolio at the University of Florida. James is a proud double Gator, earning his J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He received his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University and his B.S. in Management from Virginia Tech. His professional interests include the First Amendment in Higher Education, how we build and foster community for students and staff, compassion fatigue within Student Affairs, and of course, public policy! 

James currently serves as the Region III representative to the Public Policy Division. He has presented at the NASPA Annual Conference on the First Amendment, Public Policy, and navigating crises. 

Dr. Scott Sheehan

Director, Advising and Career Communities

University of Rochester

Dr. Scott Sheehan currently serves as the director of Advising and Career Communities at the Greene Center for Career Education and Connection at the University of Rochester. He is a proud alumnus of SUNY Plattsburgh, where he received a BA in History and Political Science and an MS in Student Affairs and Higher Education. Scott received his Ed.D. from the University of Rochester in Higher Education Administration. His professional interests include student well-being, the intersection of public policy and student success, and career and workforce development.  

Scott is passionate about higher education public policy and educating others about the implications of federal and state policy development and implementation.  He is the current Director of the Public Policy Division (PPD) at NASPA and is the youngest member of the NASPA Board of Directors in the history of the organization.  Through the PPD Scott has helped create and facilitate educational opportunities for NASPA members.  These educational opportunities include panel discussions among leading thought experts in campus free speech and expression, consideration of race in the admissions process, and Title IX regulations.  During the 2024 NASPA Annual Conference, Scott led the team that created the first Public Policy Division Case Study Competition.           

NASPA's Public Policy Division was established to support the association's strategic goals and objectives and provide leadership in higher education through policy development and advocacy for students on important national issues. Major responsibilities include formulating a policy agenda for the association, developing responses to policy proposals, and helping to provide members with information concerning relevant legal, legislative, and other public policy topics. Members can get involved by marking "Public Policy Division" in their engagement preferences in their NASPA profile, and learn more through the website:


Continuing Education Credits

Participants who complete the course will be eligible for Continuing Education (CE) credit in the Core Student Affairs Educator Certification (CSAEd™)

NASPA has been approved by the Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification to provide CE credit for Certified Student Affairs Educators (CSAEd). NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of this program.

Guidelines for earning CE credit: 

5 CSAEd credit is awarded for completing this course. You can receive no more than 5 credit hours in total. 

No partial credit will be rewarded. 

Completing the course requires attendance at all live sessions. Depending on the content and format (breakout rooms/discussion), not all live sessions will be recorded. However, all live sessions are required for completion and to receive your certificate. 

To receive CSAEd credit, attendees must complete the Feedback Survey in the online event offering the certification. You will not be able to access the Feedback Survey until you have completed the course. 

Once the survey is completed, your Certificate will be available in the event modules. The Certificate of Completion, which will show the event and credit earnings, is available for download and/or print from the event in your Online Learning Community.


This content will not be available until 07/07/2024 at 9:03 AM (EDT)