Advocacy and Activism

Policy Advocacy

The degree to which nontraditional students succeed in their undergraduate studies is directly impacted by the policies of their institution. These policies shape how resources and services are delivered to students. We invite all students to familiarize themselves with the policies that affect them and advocate for themselves to ensure administrators are aware of the resources they need to achieve academic success.

Higher Education Priorities for Policy Advocates

Success for Adult Students: Looking at the demographics of today's student body, nontraditional is the new traditional. How can public universities best serve today's older population?


American Association of State Colleges and Universities: A Higher Education Policy Brief

"AASCU is a higher education association...with a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions' economic progress and cultural development."

Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2017


Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

"The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) is a national nonprofit that works at all levels within the higher education, public and private sectors to make it easier for people to get the education and training they need."

Ten Principles for Effectively Serving Adults


American Council on Education

"ACE is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice."


Association of American Universities

"AAU is committed to advocating for higher education legislation that supports our mission to advance society through education, research and discovery. On behalf of its members, AAU monitors and engages on a wide range of policy and appropriations-related education issues, including accreditation, graduate education, international programs, student aid, and other issues in the Higher Education Act."


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

"Research and practical experimentation at colleges and universities across the country are revealing promising solutions that could enable colleges and universities to increase graduation rates while maintaining or reducing costs and ensuring that all students receive a high-quality educational experience that is tailored to their needs, academic abilities, and career or employment goals."


Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) - Policy Solutions That Work For Low Income People

Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success – Bolstering Non-Traditional Student Success

"CLASP works to develop and implement federal, state, and local policies (in legislation, regulation, and on the ground) that reduce poverty, improve low-income people’s lives, and creates pathways to economic security for everyone."


Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education

"WISCAPE supports the pursuit, sharing, and implementation of promising ideas for addressing fundamental challenges in postsecondary education in Wisconsin, the United States, and internationally.