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Many of us have seen “Coloring Books for Adults” all over social media. Some people say it’s just another company capitalizing on childhood memorabilia to make money, where others have swore by it saying it can help relieve anxiety, stress, and other common alignments that affect our everyday lives. Well, what if I told you there has actually been research put behind this movement? Posted on May 10, 2018 at 04:07 PM

From slicing apples to sending texts, education professionals have drawn from a growing suite of behavioral insights to design interventions that positively influence student behavior. Nudging can take on a variety of forms that range in strength and scale, but with such an adaptable concept comes the need to prevent confusion or unintentional misuse in practice. While behavioral interventions are rightfully discussed for their potential to achieve large-scale change at low costs, it’s also worth underscoring the importance of implementing nudges with fidelity. Ethical nudges should be designed with the intention of benefitting those being nudged, and they should never be misleading, coercive, or restrictive. As illustrated in a satirical cartoon from the Behavioral Scientist magazine, a “gentle tap of good sense” falls neatly in the center of the nudge continuum, whereas “feather of statistical insignificance” and “bat of paternalistic overreach” lie on opposite ends. In this post, NASPA’s Research and Policy Associate Alexa Wesley offers a few suggestions for ways student affairs professionals can strike the right balance on the nudging scale. Posted on April 19, 2018 at 03:06 PM

“Dr. Meghan Stough” has always had a nice ring to it, at least until recently. For as long as I can remember I saw myself in scrubs, a white coat, and a shiny stethoscope hanging around my neck. However, I have recently accepted that medical school may not be for me, and I have also accepted that that’s okay. The first plan may not always be the best plan, and as scary as having no plan may be, change is good. Posted on April 11, 2018 at 01:21 PM

For women administrators in higher education, workplace factors like managing multiple roles; work bleeding into personal life; issues with leadership; discrimination and marginalization; and role insufficiency (i.e., ambiguity in work roles and reduced sense of control) contribute to increased workplace stress. Individual coping responses are often determined by how stressors are perceived indicating whether an individual will effectively or ineffectively manage a stressor. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between stress and health risk among women in administrative roles in higher education with a particular focus on coping strategies employed. Posted on March 27, 2018 at 11:15 AM

The NASPA Enough is Enough Campaign Against Gun Violence was created 10 years ago after the late Dr. Zenobia Lawrence Hikes, then Vice President of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech, gave the closing address to the NASPA Annual Conference in Boston in 2008. Her speech called on student affairs practitioners to heed this warning and, with a fierce urgency, stem the tide of this growing societal violence. Once again, we must renew our commitment and support to our future students whom are acting with a fierce urgency and demanding changes in our laws. As students around the country prepare to join with the peers for March For Our Lives events, Dr. Scott Peska, reflects on the last 10 years and offers suggestions for moving beyond hashtags to support our current and future students. Posted on March 23, 2018 at 07:23 AM