Letter from the Executive Director - November 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
NODA Association November Update
As we near the end of the calendar year (and for some, the end of the semester), many find themselves busier than ever. The NODA Association Office is no different as we prepare to open Regional Conference registration in December, provide the platform for many Network Webinars and manage the logistics of the NODA Internship Program; there is a lot going on. With that, we don’t want to lose site of the many ways NODA members can stay involved and engaged throughout the year.
As was announced in NODAifications earlier this month, we now have the leadership opportunities application open year round. I encourage you to look at the Leadership Opportunities webpage to see all the ways that you can get involved. In fact, we currently are in need of volunteers to serve on the Membership Task Force. This is a short-term commitment (6-8 months), and will look at barriers to membership, current member interest, and membership models. The goal is to submit a report to the Board of Directors for the April meeting. We are seeking a variety of experiences, regions and institution type-please consider applying. To learn more go to the Association Committee application and complete the form.
As part of NODA’s effort to provide continues professional development I want to remind members of the several publications that are offered through the NODA store. Our two newest publications Building Successful Foundations and ASCEND to Higher Retention Rates have been selling very quickly. Don’t miss out on adding these publications to your resource library. We know of some departments that are purchasing the books for their staff to read and discuss together, such a great idea to further professional development.
The deadline to submit your manuscript for consideration of the Journal of College Orientation, Transition & Retention (JCOTR), 2020 Spring edition is due December 1, 2019. Consider submitting your featured manuscript, emerging research or campus notes by the deadline. You can learn more by going to the JCOTR webpage.
As you prepare for orientation, transition and retention programming consider working with NODA to conduct an External Review. Reviews are conducted by seasoned professionals with over 40 years of expertise with a wide range of experiences. The review is catered to each institutions needs and can be in any portion of orientation, transition or retention programming. All reviews conducted receive a final report showcasing highlights of the program and areas for improvement with guidance suggested. It is a great resource to help with reimagining your OTR programs.
We will not be posting a Governmental Relations Update this month as there is not a great deal of legislation that is moving forward in Congress. Here are a few highlights. As was noted in the October NODA Review, the HEA legislation did pass the Committee in the House, however since the costs associated with the new bill does not have funding identified, it will most likely not move forward. We have seen that DACA is at the supreme court and is taking oral arguments related to the Trump administration's plan to end the program. It is unclear what the decision will be. NODA will continue to monitor and track legislation that impacts higher education and share any relevant news as best we can.
In closing, I want thank NODA members for continuing to be a part of the NODA community. Your presence and involvement is why we exist as an association. Thank you for being NODA! Happy Thanksgiving!
Until next time….
Joyce Holl, NODA Executive Director