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ACPA Video On Demand
The latest episode of ACPA Video on Demand is now available for viewing. The topic of the April episode is Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention focusing on the work of the ACPA Presidential Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention. This episode features interviews with Keith Edwards and Jody Jessup-Anger, co-chairs of the task force. Watch it on ACPA Video On Demand.
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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

How 'Elite' Universities Are Using Online Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education
After years of skepticism, higher education’s upper class has finally decided that online learning is going to play an important role in its future. But what will that role be? Recently, conversations about "elite" online education have revolved around the free online courses, aka MOOCs, which Stanford, MIT, Harvard, and dozens of other top universities started offering several years ago. But it soon became clear that high marks in those courses would not translate to academic credit at the institutions offering them (or anywhere else). So how exactly does online education figure into the future of elite higher education? Judging by what we've seen so far, the answer can be divided into three parts.
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  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.

CSI E-Series Webinar
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Internationalization in higher education and student affairs — seeking authentic ways to make a difference

Many colleges and universities are promoting their international or global engagement. However, what the means, why they are doing it, and how these efforts can benefit institutions around the world remains a significant question. This webinar will preview a New Directions in Higher Education book being co-edited by Dr. Dennis Roberts and Dr. Susan Komives to come out in 2016 titled Enhancing Student Learning and Development in Cross-Border Higher Education. Participants in the webinar will have the chance to explore ways they can help their institutions move toward authentic internationalization while developing mutually beneficial and transforming relationships. Register today! Reach out to Laura Walaszek at with any questions.

Commission for Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Campus Contagion: Planning for, Mitigating, and Responding to Epidemic Health Scares on Campus

Among the many emergencies that impact our colleges and universities is the threat of epidemic health scares on campus (e.g., measles, meningitis, Bird Flu, H1N1/Swine Flu, hepatitis B, Ebloa)This webinar will provide an opportunity to engage in conversations with campus administrators who have been faced epidemic health issues on their campuses and learn from health experts about cutting edge practices for epidemic preparedness, response, and recovery. Register today!

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development & Commission for Admissions, Orientation and First Year Experience
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

They are all [Mascot Name]: International Student Admission & Transition to US Postsecondary Campuses

U.S. postsecondary institutions have become home to an ever-increasing number of students from across the world, with some institutions doubling their international enrollment in the last five years. Many institutions were caught off guard by this growth, and student affairs and service staff are working to identify ways to best accommodate a globally diverse population. This session will consider international student demographics, the impact of U.S. governmental and institutional practices, and identify ways to better support international students. Register today! Contact Kyoung Mi Choi at with questions.

Rachel A. Beech, Ed.D. is Director of the Office of International Admissions at the University of Arizona, and current Chair of ACPA's Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and the First Year Experience (AOFYE).
Robert N. Coffey, Jr., Ph.D. is Project Manager in University Housing at the University of Michigan, and Past Chair of ACPA's Commission for the Global Dimensions of Student Development (CGDSD).

Commission for Housing and Residential Life Webinar
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Data or it Didn't Happen: Data-Driven Training Programs

ACPA's Commission for Housing and Residential Life presents this interactive webinar on data-driven training. Does data justify your practices? Does assessment accurately reflect your program? Data and assessment should be a vital aspect of every training program. "Data or it Didn't Happen" will help you learn how to gather, analyze, and implement assessment strategies in your training programs. This session will demonstrate how assessment can provide your training program the tools to create a curriculum founded upon best practices and backed up by sound data. Register today!

Should Students Sit On Sexual Assault Panels?
The New York Times
It was a bland bit of guidance from the Department of Education, cast in legal language and tucked into a footnote two-thirds of the way through a 46-page document about how colleges and universities should address sexual assault on campus. But it did not sit well with Celia Wright, president of the student body at Ohio State University. The footnote “discourages” having students sit on conduct boards in cases concerning sexual violence. Ohio State and many other campuses no longer let students serve.
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Programs For Veterans
Leadership from ACPA and the American Council on Education (ACE) recently met regarding supportive programs for Veterans on college campuses. A Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions has been developed to assist schools in building effective programs for Veterans. To learn more, please visit here
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Think Tuition Is Rising Fast? Try Room And Board
Valerie Inniss took out $11,500 in student loans this year to pay for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. None of it was for tuition. The 21-year-old is on a four-year, full-tuition scholarship, won on the strength of her high school test scores. And she qualifies for the maximum federal Pell Grant — $5,730 — for low-income students. But that and a campus job were still not enough to cover all her other costs and fees, from health care to books. The biggest expense? Nearly $11,000 for room and board, a charge that's risen 15 percent since she started college four years ago.
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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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Best U.S. Cities For Millennial College Students
USA Today
Millennials, those born between 1980 and the mid-2000s, are making some big life decisions right now, for example: where to go to college. This demographic is a heavily studied group, and the latest data reveals that economic opportunity and social trends are the two leading factors they consider when deciding where to live. To find out which U.S. cities may hold the most promise for Millennials, embarked on a research project to develop a ranked list of cities. The top city based on these rankings was Austin, Texas, which should come as no surprise given the educational opportunities that Texas has to offer, especially in the form of online colleges in Texas.
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Mid-Level Professionals Apply Today For MMI!
Going into its 17th year, the Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute is an ACPA signature educational program for those desiring to understand their authentic leadership, strengthen their capacities and understand self and organizational dynamics in order to lead well. The Institute, named for Donna Bourassa, Ed.D. former Associate Executive Director of ACPA, is a successful professional development resource to hundreds of colleagues in the student affairs profession. Register today!
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Survey: College Kids Text On Dates, In Shower, At Funerals
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Many college students send or receive text messages more than 100 times each day and at the most inappropriate times and places, a new study finds. How inappropriate? According to a poll involving more than 150 college-age students, many admit to hitting "send" while on a date, during sex, in the shower, in the middle of religious services or even while at a funeral. The same poll found that many of those texting agreed that this "inappropriate texting" was socially frowned-upon bad behavior. But they just couldn't help themselves.
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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. ACPA members are eligible for a $150 discount. Utilize the code ETCACPA to access this discount. 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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New SCMM Clearinghouse Initiative
The Standing Committee on Men & Masculinities leadership team is excited to announce that we have launched a new initiative in the form of a programmatic clearinghouse. The goal of this clearinghouse is to serve student affairs practitioners as a great resource to learn about men's programming happening across the country! If you (or your campus colleagues) coordinate any types of programs geared towards college men and their development, we encourage you to share details about these programs with us. Information collected will then be made available to members through our website. Contributions are appreciated and may be made 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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