Nelson featured in
NAICU brochure


School of Communications professor Tom Nelson will be featured in a piece of lobbying literature produced by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

The nationally 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."

The 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 said.

Nelson was 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.

Since 1976, 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.



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