School of Communications
professor Tom Nelson will be featured in a piece of lobbying literature
produced by the National Association of Independent Colleges and
visible "Independent Colleges and Universities: A National
Profile" is a full-color publication produced every two to
three years. "It is our 'capabilities' brochure, stating the
case for higher education," said Roland King, NAICU vice president
for public affairs. "Six people - four students, one faculty
member and one alum - put a face on the strengths and the opportunities
to be found across all private colleges and universities."
new edition will be mailed out sometime within the next year to
all members of Congress, corporate leaders, news media representatives,
members of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling
and the more than 900 presidents of colleges and universities that
make up the NAICU. It will also be posted on the NAICU web site.
King and photographer
Joe Rubino were on campus at Elon in early November to interview
Nelson and get photographs for the brochure. "We were looking
for a faculty member who would be able to comment on his commitment
to undergraduate teaching and on the particular qualities at an
independent college that contribute to student success," King
nominated for the honor by Elon administrators because of his well-known
commitment to engaged learning. Students in his classes have been
asked to dig ditches; to rush off campus to cover the news at crash
scenes; and even to wade out into the waters off the coast of France
to "storm" the beach at Normandy.
NAICU has represented private colleges and universities on policy
issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student
aid, taxation and government regulation.
The NAICU staff
meets with policymakers, tracks campus trends, conducts research,
analyzes higher education issues, publishes information, helps coordinate
state-level activities and advises members of legislative and regulatory
developments with potential impact on their institutions. The organization
has spearheaded several major public initiatives, such as the Student
Aid Alliance, an effort to enhance funding for existing student-aid
programs; and the nonpartisan National Campus Voter Registration Project
that, in the last three congressional elections, has helped member
institutions conduct both voter education programs and campaigns to
register students and employees.