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Register Now: ACPA Presidential Symposium
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The ACPA Presidential Symposium is a one-day workshop designed to motivate you in your current position and provide an enriching professional development experience. Each year, the sitting ACPA president will offer an opportunity for student affairs colleagues to gather to discuss current topics and trends while also giving participants a venue to problem-solve and strategize with some of the best "thinkers" in our profession. This year, Dr. Keith Humphrey's presidential address serves as the foundation for the program sessions. The symposium provides opportunities for participants to dialogue on topics such as student success, campus-based partnerships, and organizational issues. More

Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
April 27 |  Salary Negotiation for Professional Women in Higher Education, co-sponsored by ACPA's Commission for Career Development and Standing Committee for Women
May 8 |  Internship Best Practices Workshop at TCU, presented by Intern Bridge
May 9 |  Utilizing Science & Practice: Implications of the CCMH 2011 Annual Report
May 17-18 |  The Big Ideas in Higher Education Conference
May 18 |  ACPA Presidential Symposium
June 3-5 |  ACPA Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute
June 13-15 |  ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute
June 14 |  The First 90-Days: Take Young Professionals from New Hire to Peak Performer, presented by Intern Bridge
June 17-19 |  ACPA Institute on Sustainability
June 19, 21, 25, 27, & 29 |  The Masters Series: Proven Strategies for Career and Employment Guidance, presented by Intern Bridge
Nov. 1-4 |  2012 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

Debate On Rape, Civil Rights Spills Onto Campuses
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For much of its 40-year history, the federal education gender-equity law known as Title IX has made headlines mostly on the sports pages. But over the past decade or so, Title IX has shifted onto a different patch of contentious terrain: sexual assault on college campuses. The change is transforming how colleges must respond to sexual violence. Pushed by a series of court decisions and more recently by controversial guidance published last year by the Obama administration, colleges simply can no longer turn sexual assault reports over to police. They must investigate themselves, and face detailed requirements on how to do so — even the standard of proof to use. And they must train staff to help sexual assault victims, and remediate harm, for instance, by providing counseling. 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 hoped that the scarf also 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 that 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.

Photos Available From The ACPA 2012 Louisville Annual Convention
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Relive or experience for the first time ACPA's 2012 Louisville Annual Convention Photos. They now are available for your viewing pleasure. ACPA looks forward to capturing more photos at the 2013 Convention in Las Vegas.

Obama Woos Students, Pushes Low-Rate Student Loans
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President Barack Obama tells college students that he and his wife, Michelle, know what it's like to owe student loans because the two of them didn't come from wealthy families. He says: "When we married, we got poor together." Obama was speaking at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the first of three college campuses he was visiting on a two-day tour promoting low rates for federal student loans. The president is pressing Congress to extend a 2007 law that cut loan rates to 3.4 percent. If the law is allowed to expire July 1, it would double rates to 6.8 percent. More

ACPA Annual Convention Program Resources Now Available For Download
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The ACPA 2012 Louisville Annual Convention Program Resources are now available for download. ACPA thanks all of the presenters who shared their knowledge and expertise at the convention and via this online resource.

California Public Universities Struggle To Increase Diversity Under Race-Blind Admissions
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Fifteen years ago, California voters were asked: Should colleges consider a student's race when they decide who gets in and who doesn't? With an emphatic "no," they made California the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in public university admissions, as well as hiring and contracting. Since then, California's most selective public colleges and graduate schools have struggled to assemble student bodies that reflect the state's demographic mix. Universities around the country could soon face the same challenge. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to revisit the thorny issue of affirmative action less than a decade after it endorsed the use of race as a factor in college admissions. More

Campus Vote Project Launches Toolkit
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Campus Vote Project is part of the Fair Elections Legal Network campaign to help college students, campus administrators, and election officials increase student participation in elections. FELN is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing barriers to voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies, including students, minority communities, disabled Americans, and low income voters. FELN has developed a set of best practices, is described in the CVP toolkit, to make college campuses more voter-friendly and reduce barriers to voting that disproportionately affect students. FELN will work with campus partners who are interested in implementing a CVP project by providing research assistance, technical advice, training, webinars, conference calls, communications collaboration and other assistance that partners request during the organizing process. Please contact Dan Vicuna for more information.

Program Gives College Students A Break On Out-Of-State Tuition
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High school senior Samantha Morgan is passing up offers from Cal State campuses in Long Beach and San Jose. She is heading out of California to avoid overcrowded classes and other state budget problems. And she can afford it thanks to a little-known program that offers discounts at public colleges and universities to students from 15 states, most of them in the West. Morgan is taking advantage of the Western Undergraduate Exchange to enroll at Northern Arizona University this fall. Under the interstate agreement, she will pay $12,700 a year in tuition, compared with $20,800 for other out-of-staters at the Flagstaff campus. Her bill will be double California State University's nearly $6,000 a year, but she wants to graduate in four years and avoid delays that budget cuts are causing at California public universities. More

Paul Stoller: Cannibalizing The Campus
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Things are out of whack on our public college campuses. There was a time when students and faculty could assume that a wide range of courses would be offered, courses that would prepare students — both undergraduate and graduate — for their entry into professional worlds — teaching, social and scientific research, medicine, law, engineering and business. There was a time when colleges and university administrators made sure that class size was reasonably low and that faculty had the time and space to mentor their students. Until recently, we all saw the college years as an important time for intellectual, social and cultural growth. Those days seem to be over. More


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