• Key Issues Discussed at the NACE Advocacy Mashup for Career Services

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
    February 5, 2014

    On January 31, NACE held its first Advocacy Mashup for Career Services in Washington, D.C., to discuss and determine direction regarding three critical issues.

    More than 100 career services professionals attended the event, during which NACE unveiled and explained standards for first-destination surveys, and brought in experts to discuss international students/immigration reform and unpaid internships.

    Some of the highlights from the Mashup include:

    • First-Destination Surveys—Calling the current conditions the “perfect storm of opportunity” for developing and implementing the First-Destination Survey Standards and Protocols, Manny Contomanolis, chair of NACE's First Destination Surveys Team, introduced them and stressed that they are evolving and allow for institutions to include additional questions, and the included survey is a sample. This initiative, he said, will provide the opportunity “to leverage collective power of data” and “to assist members nationally and use aggregate data on behalf of profession.” (NACE’s First-Destination Survey Standards and Protocols are available at www.naceweb.org/knowledge/assessment/first-destination-survey-standards.aspx.)
    • International Students and Immigration Reform—Amy Scott, associate vice president for federal relations at the Association of American Universities, and Heather Stewart, counsel and director of immigration policy, public policy department at NAFSA: Association of International Educators, gave updates about debates on immigration status, area of study, the possible revision of OPT hours, green cards, and visa status. They pointed out that there are complex, divergent approaches to these issues, but noted that career services offices could have a positive impact if they worked with their government relations representatives on campus to apprise them of how the issues impact student employment.
    • Unpaid Internships—Ross Eisenbrey, vice president at the Economic Policy Institute, and Steven M. Bloom, director, federal relations, government and public affairs at the American Council on Education, discussed research and statistics and recent legal cases addressing unpaid internships. They also detailed the Department of Labor’s test for unpaid internships, and fielded questions about what’s legal, ethical, and fair in regard to internships.