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Did You Present At #ACPA15? Share Your Presentation Via #ACPACC
Convention Continued is a blog site that will contain posts by convention presenters summarizing their presentations and sharing "takeaways" with the reader. The intention of this initiative is to extend the developmental and learning impact of your presentation beyond the time and space in which you presented. All you need to do is compose a blog post no longer than 1200 words in which you summarize and share the key points of your presentation. Then you fill out this form and upload the document and your headshot. Please note that this will be a blog, so the piece should be written in the style of a blog.

Questions? Email Patrick Love — @pglove33
Ann Marie Klotz — @annmarieklotz
Francy Magee — @francymagee
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities

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
June 28-30 |  Phyllis Mable New Professional's Institute
Oct. 18-21 |  2015 Residential Curriculum Institute
Nov. 1-3 |  2015 Institute on Social Justice
Nov. 8-11 |  Aspiring SSAO Institute
March 6-9, 2016 |  ACPA Annual Convention in Montréal

  Take SAMHSA's Prevention Pledge

Show your commitment to preventing substance abuse and mental disorders—Take the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Prevention Pledge! The pledge is part of National Prevention Week 2015, a national observance that celebrates the power of prevention. Share your stories and show that together, we can achieve more.

Why Not A College Matching System?
The New York Times
Matching kids with colleges is a multibillion dollar industry. Independent admissions advisers charge thousands of dollars to "counsel" a student through this increasingly complex and unpredictable process. That's one billion. Test preparation companies charge beaucoup bucks to jack up scores so students can be more competitive. That's a second billion. Then there are the colleges themselves, who grow their recruiting teams and plump up their marketing efforts to attract more and better applicants. Another cool billion. And let's not forget the many guidebooks that tell students how to beat the system and the ranking magazines that tell them which schools are better than others.
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Join Us For The Symposium On The Recruitment & Retention Of Diverse Populations
Co-sponsored by Noel-Levitz and ACPA this convening is designed to helping today educators explore the latest strategies for enrolling and engaging a diverse student body. The symposium will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, April 13-15, 2015. Learn more and register here.
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What Happens When Colleges Fail To Prepare Graduates For Jobs?
The Washington Post
It's a question that both high school seniors about to pick a college and even those ready to graduate with a bachelor's degree often hear around this time of year: What are you going to do with a degree in philosophy? Or English Literature? Or sociology? As the price tag of college skyrockets and the job market for recent graduates tightens, students and their parents increasingly view college as training for that first job out of college rather than a broad education for life that provides them with the ability to learn and move through multiple jobs and careers.
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ACPA Video On Demand
The ACPA 2015 Convention channel is now live. Look for low-cost sessions that meet the professional development needs of you, your students, or your staff. Also be sure to look for no-cost webinars sponsored by ACPA entity groups. Recently added topics include accountability, supervision and Title IX. ACPA Video On Demand.
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    Study Reveals Students May Be Less Likely To Intervene In Cases Of Sexual Assault Two Months Into College (The Daily Targum)
Colleges Look To Virtual Reality Tours To Enhance Recruiting (Los Angeles Times)
Amid Rising Concern About Addiction, Universities Focus On Recovery (NPR)

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The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environments
Today's students are studying and learning differently — a change confirmed by the widespread adoption of digital studying. Our recent study found that 81 percent of college students use mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets) to study, the second most popular device category behind laptops and up 40 percent in usage since 2013. Further, research validates the use of mobile technology in education. In fact, our same study found that 77 percent of college students feel the use of adaptive technology helped them improve their grades.
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Register Today For The Student Affairs Assessment Institute
The Student Affairs Assessment Institute is the premier professional development event for practitioners in the area of student affairs assessment and evaluation. New to this year's Institute is a pre-Institute program on Program Review, a process characterized by self-reflection and evaluation whereby one can critically assess all aspects of a department or functional unit. Register today to develop your assessment skills in this and other areas, and join keynote speaker Dr. Frank Shushock, JR. and a team of experienced faculty in Louisville, Kentucky this June!
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5 Key Benefits Of U.S. Community Colleges For International Students
U.S. News & World Report
Community college should be familiar to most international students and their parents. However, many parents often misunderstand several key things about this type of U.S. college. They may think that community colleges have zero admission requirements, for example, or that they are for students who are not good at school. This is definitely not correct. Here is some information on what community colleges really are and how they are different from four-year institutions, as well as which types of international students may want to consider community college.
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Less Than 5 Years In Student Affairs? Join Us At NPI In June!
Approximately half of ACPA members currently identify as entry-level professionals, and 40% have less than five years of experience in student affairs work. ACPA created the Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute to address the knowledge and skills emerging professionals desire as they collectively serve thousands of students on a daily basis. Register today to join Jill Carnaghi, Peter Magolda, and the rest of our faculty in St. Louis in June!
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How Much Should You Pay For A Degree?
The Hechinger Report
Does it pay to go to college? That largely depends on the student, said Robert Shireman, executive director of California Competes, a nonprofit focused on higher education. Students should ask themselves tough questions, he said. You're not the average student. You're you. What do you want from college? Do you have the academic skills and motivation to achieve your goals?
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Dialogue Group Facilitator Applications For The Institute On Social Justice
This November 1-3, ACPA will host the Institute on Social Justice at beautiful University of Central Florida, and we are seeking experienced social justice educators to serve as Dialogue Group Facilitators (DGF) at the 2015 Institute on Social Justice. This is an exciting opportunity to support the growth and development of attendees as well as network with other facilitators. Applications are due April 1!
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ACPA Partners With Expanding The Circle: Advancing LGBTQ Initiatives In Higher Education, From The Classroom To The Campus Quad For the 2015 Summer Institute
This program will take place June 10-13, 2015 in San Francisco. This program is designed for academic deans and administrators, campus counselors, faculty and faculty development specialists, student affairs professionals, students, and non-profit professionals who seek to advance LGBTQ issues and concerns in higher education. Goals of the 2015 Summer Institute will include creating greater inclusion for all members of our campus communities, and enriching the quality of education and scholarship in higher education through national coalition-building. More information on the seminar can be found here.
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Upcoming State Conferences
California College Personnel Association – 2015 California Institute — April 18, 2015 — 9 am – 5 pm — California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California —

Maryland College Personnel Association — Maryland Support Staff Conference — May 1, 2015 — 9 am – 4 pm — Loyola University Maryland, Columbia, Maryland —



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