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Why College Students Stop Short Of A Degree
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Aspiring journalist Fruzsina Eordogh dropped out of Loyola University Chicago last spring, just a few classes shy of graduating. Saddled with $50,000 in student loans, she decided that spending more time in class would derail her from pursuing opportunities in the job market. Eordogh, now 26, has worked full time since June as an online reporter at the Daily Dot, a digital publication covering Internet culture, and is chipping away at her financial obligations even as many of her former classmates have gone on to graduate school. She is hardly unique. There are some high-profile cases of dropouts-made-good like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, but the majority are not so fortunate. More

Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
April 6 |  Has The Six Prong Test Been Beheaded?
April 11-13 |  Career Services Online Technology & Social Media Conference
April 17 |  Webcast: Money Talks: Evaluating the Job Offer and Salary Negotiation
April 26 |  Now That You’ve Got ‘Em: Onboarding and Retaining Your Employee Talent
May 8 |  Internship Best Practices Workshop at TCU
May 17-18 |  Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program Facilitator Training and Conference
June 3-5 |  ACPA Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute
June 13-15 |  ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute
June 17-19 |  ACPA Institute on Sustainability
Nov. 1-4 |  2012 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

News Coverage Of Muhammad Ali's ACPA 2012 Humanitarian Award
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Louisville, Ky.'s ABC Channel 11 News covered this inaugural award to Muhammad Ali during the 2012 ACPA Convention.

ACPA And SCVNGR Partner At The ACPA 2012 Louisville Annual Convention
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Were you one of the 250-plus SCVNGR players at ACPA? If not, SCVNGR will fill you in. Through two SCVNGR treks that took attendees throughout the exhibit hall, asking exhibitors questions or even taking photographs along the way, and the convention, participants found new ways to engage with one another. More

California State Colleges Weigh Asking Students About Sexual Orientation
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California's state colleges and universities are laying plans to ask students about their sexual orientation next year on application or enrollment forms, becoming the largest group of schools in the country to do so. The move has raised the hopes of gay activists for recognition but the concerns of others about privacy. The questions, which students could answer voluntarily, would be posed because of a little-known state law aimed at gauging the size of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations on the campuses. The law encourages UC, Cal State and community colleges to explore whether they are offering enough services, such as counseling, for those students. More

An Invitation From ACPA's Standing Committee For Women
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In November 2011, similar to the movie "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," the Standing Committee for Women identified a scarf (with the color purple, of course) that was to be rotated to different women within the directorate. We not only wanted to resurrect the ancient act of sending snail mail, but we also hoped that the scarf would bring a smile and a sense of connection as recipients opened the package knowing that it was sent in love and support. We had such an awesome experience we want to offer this opportunity to the general membership of ACPA. All registrants are due by May 1. Please register here. After you submit your registration you will receive an electronic participation form and the scarf's travel schedule. Participants will be asked to journal their experience on the blog.

The New Leadership Alliance For Student Learning Accountability
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Please join The New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning Accountability for a free Webinar where you will hear about their publication, Committing to Quality — Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education, which provides a roadmap for discussing educational quality and taking action to improve it. Committing to Quality is endorsed by 29 U.S. associations, including ACPA and CAS. If you are interested in learning more about the Alliance, please complete the Webinar registration form for the appropriate date: April 24, 10: a.m. EDT; April 25, 1 p.m. EDT; April 26, 4 p.m. EDT.

ACPA 2012 Louisville Convention Participant Survey
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Those who attended the convention were emailed a survey earlier this week. Your experience and suggestions are valued to assist in future convention planning, specifically the next one in Las Vegas (March 4-7, 2013) that is co-hosted with the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association.

Gay College Students May Be At Risk For Drinking Problems Because Of Subtle Discrimination
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Gay, lesbian, and bisexual college students who experience subtle discrimination are at increased risk of having a problem with alcohol compared to heterosexual students, a new University of Michigan study finds. The study also found that how students' peers were treated also matters. Compared to heterosexual students, sexual minority students who knew others who were subjected to hostility were at increased risk for having a drinking problem. More

Opinion: Why The B-School Model Works
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Many would argue, and Bloomberg would agree, that despite global competition, the system of higher education in the U.S. remains the best in the world. Still, American universities face increasing threats on several fronts: an explosion of higher education outlets globally, stagnant middle-class incomes, entry of for-profit providers, and the growing efficacy of alternative delivery modes, especially on the Web. The biggest threat, however, is the permanent decline in public support. As all universities grapple with the realities of the current economic slowdown, public universities suffer the most as they face dwindling state support. More

Lisa M. Friel: Advising Colleges On Sexual Assault Awareness Month
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April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month — a time to revisit the issue of sexual assault, a persistent problem in America today. The issue is particularly troublesome at colleges and universities where, according to the National Institute of Justice, an astonishing 20 percent of women and 6 percent of men will fall victim to a completed or attempted sexual assault at some point during their college years. More


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