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If you can't join us in person for Convention join us digitally with the ACPA Digital Pass. All major sessions and HED talks will be live streamed, including our closing session with Laverne Cox. Additionally, you will have access to more than 50 hours of Convention sessions and events. Purchase your Digital Pass today!
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities

March 5-8 |  2015 Annual Convention in Tampa
March 7-8 |  Next Gen Conference
June 7-10 |  About Campus Writers Retreat
June 13-17 |  2015 Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute
June 17-19 |  Student Affairs Assessment Institute
June 22-24 |  2015 Conference on College Men
Oct. 18-21 |  2015 Residential Curriculum Institute
Nov. 1-3, 2015 |  2015 Institute on Social Justice

Fitting In On Campus: Challenges For First-Generation Students
Chris Reynolds will never forget his first day at the University of Michigan. He and his dad got up super early and drove nine and a half hours from Sellersville, a blue collar factory town in Pennsylvania, to Ann Arbor. "My father literally just dropped me off and then left," Reynolds says. His dad couldn't afford a hotel, so they took about an hour to unpack the car, said their goodbyes, and his dad drove off. Chris Reynolds was officially on his own. He thought he was pretty prepared. He had a dorm room, a meal plan and a couple hundred bucks to last until he found a job. What he wasn't prepared for was how lonely and out of place he felt on campus.
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Webinar: Connections At Two-Year Colleges—This Thursday!
ACPA's Commission for Two Year Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa presents The Connection Between Student Organizations, CCSSE Benchmarks, and Student Engagement in the Two–Year College. This presentation will explore the ways student organizations can foster active and collaborative co-curricular learning, student-faculty interaction, student effort, support for learners, and connections to community college campuses. Each of these benchmarks, identified by the Community College Survey of Student Success (CCSSE), has a significant impact on student learning and engagement and can augment classroom curricula and development of soft skills most sought by employers. Click here to register.
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More Middle Eastern Students Come To The U.S., Find Surprises
U.S. News & World Report
Middle Eastern students thinking about studying in the U.S. are in good company. Since 2000, the number of students from the Middle East and North Africa has more than tripled, according to a report released by the Institute of International Education. Saudi Arabia, which has one of the fastest-growing student populations in the U.S., sent nearly 54,000 students to the country during the 2013-2014 school year. That same year, the number of North African and Middle Eastern students coming to the states grew by 20 percent.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    13 Things Mentally Strong College Students Don't Do (The Huffington Post)
College Freshmen Socialize Less, Feel Depressed More (U.S. News & World Report)
For College Students, Being A 'Good Samaritan' Can Be Complicated (USA Today)
Are College Students Partying Less? (The Atlantic)
How Professors Can Bolster Inquiry In College Using K-12 Tech Tricks (MindShift)

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Next Gen Undergraduate Conference Registration
Do you work with undergraduates who have interest in student affairs/higher education work? Register them to attend the Next Generation Conference held in conjunction with the ACPA Annual Convention. The registration fee of $125 provides access to both the full Convention and Next Gen. Learn more information and register today!
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College Administrators Struggle To Curb Binge Drinking Among Students
Deseret News
Dartmouth College has banned hard liquor and is cracking down on the enforcement of penalties for underage drinking in an attempt to curb binge drinking and alcohol-related offenses, reports Education News. Grace Smith, writing for Education News, said as of March 30, beverages containing more than 15 percent alcohol volume will be banned. In addition, the university is banning the sorority and fraternity pledging period and rolling out a program meant to curb sexual assaults. The new regulations have been met with mixed feelings among the student body. Smith quoted Jake Rascoff, executive editor of the Dartmouth Review, as saying the ban will "increase the incidence of surreptitious binge drinking and increase the risk of binge drinking off campus, which will lead to drunk driving."
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Student Affairs Assessment Institute Scholarship
Two scholarships covering full registration costs will be awarded to attend the Assessment Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. To apply, please complete the online application. Please email Karla Thoennes with any questions. For more information on the 2015 Assessment Institute please visit the Institute's webpage.
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Universities Are Right—And Within Their Rights—To Crack Down On Speech And Behavior
Lately, a moral panic about speech and sexual activity in universities has reached a crescendo. Universities have strengthened rules prohibiting offensive speech typically targeted at racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities; taken it upon themselves to issue "trigger warnings" to students when courses offer content that might upset them; banned sexual acts that fall short of rape under criminal law but are on the borderline of coercion; and limited due process protections of students accused of violating these rules.
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LGBTQ Summer Academy: Discount Rate For The Campus Pride Professional Academy For LGBTQ Advisors This Summer 2015
Do you enjoy advising LGBT college students, but wish you could be more equipped and the most effective with the best information, tools and resources? Campus Pride has the skill-building retreat just for you—the LGBT​Q​ Professional Academy for Advisors (aka Advisor BOOTCAMP).The five day retreat is in coordination with Camp Pride and brings together LGBT​Q​ student advisors and higher education staff who support LGBT​Q​ youth from around the country. At the academy, you will have the opportunity to learn new knowledge, enhance your skills as well as collaborate with others who share your passion for advising and creating safer, more welcoming communities. The academy is for you if you want a summer professional enrichment on LGBT​Q​ issues and concerns. Until May ​1​, 2015, you can receive an early discount off the registration. Go online to or email
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Rate My Professors Data Shows Students' Gender Bias Against Professors
USA Today
A history professor at Northeastern University has created a new interactive graph that reveals various truths about how college students' view female professors more negatively compared to their male counterparts. The graph compiles data from 14 million Rate My Professors reviews so the user can see which words students used to describe either male or female professors. Data is also broken down by subject matter and the user can select whether to sort the information by positive, negative or all reviews based on the numerical rating.
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