A Day in the Life: Ron Day’s Term as 2012-13 NASFAA Chair
Jim’s Blog will be chronicling Ron Day’s year-long adventure as 2012-13 NASFAA Chair. Ron is spending an entire year on the road sharing his passion for educating students and years of “behind the desk” knowledge with Capitol Hill and FAA’s across America. We hope this helps our readers get to know Ron, the man behind our interest column, A Day in the Life.
Here is the third in our series of A Day in the Life.
Sitting around the conference table in Ron’s office, Kristi and I gather additional information about Ron and his position at NASFAA.
Amy: What is something most people do not know about you?
Ron: I don’t like raisins.
Amy: What is your philosophy of NASFAA?
Ron: If you go into this thinking that you will change everything, you are naïve. We all have our strengths. One of mine is my organization skills. We are doing everything we can to make changes which benefit the students. We are continuously dissecting the Reauthorization Act to determine how we can make it better.
Amy: What is a new focus that NASFAA has developed?
Ron: NASFAA is pushing credentialing to help with staff development. It has to be at the staff level. At the Director’s level, we are too busy keeping up with the regulations. Currently financial aid is too difficult for students to understand and aid officers to administer. NASFAA University is currently offering NASFAA Professional Credentials. This exciting new program provides a nationally-recognized standard in financial aid training and allows you to earn recognition for your mastery of content.
Amy: How do NASFAA and Federal Student Aid (FSA) work together?
Ron: We work very closely together at a high level. We meet with them all of the time and are always giving feedback on how change would impact students and vice versa. We have a good relationship, but there is always room for improvement.
The current federal student aid program authorizations do not expire until the end of 2013, however, there is a growing interest in Congress on issues that might be considered during the next reauthorization process. NASFAA works with Congress to develop the laws governing financial aid; this is why I spend so much time in Washington, DC. After the law has passed, FSA develops and implements the regulation.
Amy: Are you looking forward to next year’s conference? Are there any changes being made for the 2013 conference?
Ron: The 2013 conference is in Las Vegas (July 14-17, 2013) will be a great conference. NASFAA is trying to add a proprietary sector to the 2013 conference as well as a graduate and professional sector.
Amy: Is there a large group of individuals involved in planning the conference?
Ron: NASFAA has 14 committees and each is responsible for finding presenters for five sessions. Typically, we have more proposals than we do slots. November 2, 2012 is the deadline to submit session topics.
Stay tuned…….There will be more from A Day in the Life in 2013. Do you have suggestions for our series? Leave a comment below.