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Experts: College Success Can Spring From A Single Conversation
The Hechinger Report via McClatchy Newspapers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How does someone succeed in college? It's the $64,000 question — or, these days, more like the $150,000 question — whose answer has been sought by countless policymakers, researchers and universities over the years. In a new attempt to provide insight into the discussion, sociologists Dan Chambliss of Hamilton College and Christopher Takacs of the University of Chicago took the long road to an answer. In 2001, they started conducting what would turn into a 10-year study of Hamilton students in an attempt to learn what had the greatest effects on their college experiences. What were the turning points? What mattered most? What didn't? More

Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
June 3-5 |  ACPA Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute
June 6-7 |  Summer Career Central (SC2), hosted by ACPA and American University Housing and Dining Programs
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 19, 21, 25, 27, & 29 |  The Masters Series: Proven Strategies for Career and Employment Guidance, presented by Intern Bridge
Oct. 21-23 |  2012 CSPA-NYS Annual Conference
Nov. 1-4 |  2012 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

Hiring? Register For ACPA Summer Career Central (SC2) In Washington, D.C.
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Summer Career Central (SC2) is a new recruitment opportunity for student affairs professionals hosted by ACPA's New C3 Team and American University Housing and Dining Programs. This is the chance for employers to recruit, interview and make connections over job opportunities that have occurred since the spring recruitment season. SC2 will be powered by CSO Interfase, the same software that was successfully used for The New C3 in Louisville. This software offers employers online search and scheduling capabilities. SC2 will be held on June 6 and 7, 2012 at American University in Washington, D.C. More

Opinion: Brace For Online Revolution In Higher Education
The New York Times via The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a knowledge economy, getting a higher-education degree is more vital than ever, writes Thomas L. Friedman. Finally, a generation that has grown up on hyperconnected technologies is increasingly comfortable learning and interacting with professors through online platforms. When you consider how many problems around the world are attributable to the lack of education, that is very good news. Let the revolution begin. More

An Update From ACPA President Keith Humphrey
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One week ago today, Keith was posing for pictures with some of his graduate students after commencement. A very talented student focused their attention on the camera and instead of saying "cheese," she said, "Everyone say access!" Keith looked at her and she said, "OK, everyone say attainment." ACPA's work is all about attainment — and helping students and staff reach their goals and dreams. This was the focus of the Presidential Symposium held last Friday at Kingsborough Community College, a City University of New York campus, in Brooklyn, New York. More than 100 leaders from across the region came together to share strategies for student success, identify approaches to enhance the academic affairs/student affairs relationship, and plan tactical approaches to career advancement. More

Analysis: US Cities Wrestle With Universities For Cash
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After New York City had barely escaped bankruptcy in 1978, Mayor Ed Koch went looking for cash from an unlikely source: the city's colleges and other nonprofits, which do not pay taxes on their valuable land. Koch was trying to do then what cash-starved cities are now pulling off: extracting more money from colleges, universities and private hospitals to help restore bare-boned budgets. Two weeks ago, Providence, Rhode Island, Mayor Angel Taveras struck a deal with Brown University, which doubled its annual voluntary contribution to nearly $8 million for five years. Across the country, at least 154 municipalities in 27 states have persuaded nonprofits to make voluntary payments in lieu of taxes for the period from 2000 to 2011, according to researchers at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. More

Call for ACPA Foundation 2013 Diamond Honorees
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Nominations are now open for the 2013 class of Diamond Honorees. Nominate your colleagues today! Click here to access the nomination form. Nominations are due July 10.

5 Proposals To Solve $1 Trillion College Loan Crisis
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Outstanding student loans topped $1 trillion last year, exceeding the total amount of credit card debt. Thousands of borrowers are postponing getting married, buying a home or having children until their debts are paid off. Defaults are rising, which typically leads to larger loan balances. And the problem isn't limited to young adults. Some borrowers are older adults who went back to school. Others are parents who co-signed loans for their children. There's widespread agreement that student debt is a problem, but there's little consensus on how to solve it. Here's a look at five proposals to provide relief for existing borrowers or prevent the crisis from getting worse. More

Creating Safe Campuses in Georgia: Supporting LGBTQ Students In Higher Education
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The Georgia College Personnel Association, in collaboration with Agnes Scott College, Emory University, the LGBT Consortium and Spelman College, will host a drive-in workshop on June 25, 2012 focused on developing professionals in the state of Georgia. The workshop's goal is to support campuses and universities that are seeking ways to enhance their student experience with specific emphasis on addressing the needs of LGBTQ individuals. It will offer interactive and informative sessions led by a variety of facilitators with expertise in developing safe space/safe zone programs at colleges and universities around the country. The workshops have been designed to offer educational opportunities for professionals with varying levels of involvement and knowledge around supporting students that identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning. The keynote speaker is Jessica Pettitt. Click here to find out more and register for this drive-in. More


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