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Studies Show Race-Neutral College Admissions Could Work
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As the Supreme Court revisits the use of race in college admissions, critics of affirmative action are hopeful the justices will roll back the practice. A new report offers a big reason for their optimism: evidence from at least some of the nine states that don't use affirmative action that leading public universities can bring meaningful diversity to their campuses through race-neutral means. That conclusion is vigorously disputed by supporters of race-based affirmative action, including universities in states like California which cannot under state law factor race into admissions decisions. More

Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
Oct. 11-12 |  Wisconsin College Personnel Association Fall Conference
Oct. 12 |  The MCPA Fall Conference And ACPA East Coast Graduate Fair
Oct. 18-19 |  Minnesota College Personnel Association Fall Conference
Oct. 21-23 |  Residential Curriculum Institute
Oct. 21-23 |  CSPA-NYS Annual Conference
Oct. 24 |  Campus Sustainability Day 2012
Oct. 29 |  Webinar: Creating A Gender-Inclusive Campus
Nov. 1-4 |  2012 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference
Nov. 8-9 |  2012 Senior Student Affairs Officers Symposium
Dec. 2-4 |  Institute on Social Justice
Dec. 5-7 |  Symposium on Professional Development in Student Affairs
Dec. 5-7 |  Symposium on Service-Learning
Dec. 9-11 |  Leadership Educators Institute
Jan. 26-30 |  Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute
Mar. 4-7 |  ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Annual Convention
April 3-5 |  Alcohol Policy 16

Why International Students Should Consider Community Colleges
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American community colleges offer international students a cheaper entry point into their higher education pursuits via low tuition rates on freshman and sophomore level classes, often with the added bonus of an easier transition to U.S.-style academics, experts say. Students then transfer to four-year schools to complete their bachelor's degrees. For instance, the tuition and fees at Diablo Valley College in Northern California are nearly $6,000 for 24 credits, while it costs more than $16,500 for the same number of credits at nearby San Jose State University. Based on two years of attending community college, the price difference and savings could be enough to pay for a student's junior year of tuition, fees, textbooks and meals. More

ACPA Executive Director's Blog: Affirmative Action in U.S. College Admissions?
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The U.S. Supreme Court is currently hearing oral arguments on the landmark case of Fisher v. University of Texas challenging the use of racial/ethnic preferences in college admissions. I recently had the opportunity to attend a forum with the discussion topic: "Will Affirmative Action in College Admissions Survive?" It was interesting to be revisiting this issue in 2012, given the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings, including most recently 2003. More

Benefits Seen In Considering Income For College Admissions
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Giving college applicants preference based on socioeconomic factors, rather than race, is comparable to affirmative action in achieving racial diversity and superior in helping people who are disadvantaged, according to a study. In states that have banned affirmative action, public universities have taken steps like accepting top students from each high school and recruiting in low-income areas. The study by the Century Foundation says that approach sustains racial diversity and helps poor students. The study was released ahead of arguments before the Supreme Court in a case that could produce new restrictions on considering race in public college admissions. More

Online Access for ACPA Publications: JCSD and About Campus
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The Journal of College Student Development (JCSD) online articles are available complimentary to ACPA members. Log-in and then select resources on the member profile page, and scroll to the bottom of the page. About Campus printed copies are mailed to members, while access to the online articles are available for purchase through Wiley/Jossey-Bass (the publisher).

Department Awards $14.3 Million For 51 Grants To Boost Veterans' Success In Higher Education
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The U.S. Department of Education announced the award of $14,392,377 for 51 Veterans Upward Bound projects, which will help some 6,831 veterans acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college. The projects aim to increase the college-going and completion rates of low-income, first-generation military veterans and support the administration's ongoing commitment to improving service members' transition from military life to civilian life by fostering educational opportunities and career and workforce readiness. More

Early And No-Excuse Absentee Voting Begins For Upcoming U.S. Elections
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U.S. citizens! If you are unable to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6, early and no-excuse absentee voting may have started in your state of residence. For example, Florida, Colorado and Ohio have started in-person early voting. For a complete listing, visit the National Conference of State Legislatures' Web site.

Consider Campus Crime When Evaluating Colleges
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To a high school senior, certain factors may be more important than others when choosing a university. Extended meal plans, Greek life, male-to-female ratio ... college crime? Unfortunately, college crime rates are usually overlooked in the selection process, but they're still an important factor when choosing a home for the next four years. What makes this even more difficult is the fact that college crime statistics can be confusing, inaccurate and often misinterpreted. This may leave students (or even more so, their parents) with misconceptions about a university's reputation — or, worse, a false sense of security. More

Commission Hot Topics
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As campuses on the quarter system begin classes, ACPA is proud to share with you the profession-leading thinking of its commissions on hot topics facing higher education and student affairs professionals this academic year. We are also pleased to share with you the hot topics provided by our colleagues from the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS). More

African-Americans vs. Black Immigrants: Do Institutions of Higher Learning Give Preference To Foreign Blacks?
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President Barack Obama signed the first initiative aimed to improve the academic success of African-Americans in higher education this past summer. Recently announced, the initiative stimulates an ongoing debate surrounding African-Americans facing unequal opportunities in the academic sphere. While this is an interesting development, what officials at the White House failed to do through this act was specify exactly which types of African-Americans the program would benefit. Which blacks are benefiting most from programs meant to help them in the sphere of education is sparking controversy. According to a study, immigrants, who make up 13 percent of the nation's college-age black population, account for more than a quarter of black students at Ivy League and other select universities. More

CAS Bluebook of Standards Available
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The 8th edition of the CAS book of standards and the Self Assessment Guides are available. Make sure you have the most current version as you implement the standards on your campus. In this edition there are five new functional areas of standards and guidelines: Campus Police and Security Programs, Parent and Family Programs, Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Programs, Transfer Student Programs and Services, and Veterans and Military Programs and Services. In addition, the General Standards have been updated to include technology and distance education services. The book will continue to carry the 38 functional areas already published, while several functional area standards and guidelines have been revised and unanimously approved by the CAS Board of Directors. Visit the CAS Store for more information.

The Commission for Student Involvement, the Standing Committee for Women; and the Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion and Meaning
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The Commission for Student Involvement, the Standing Committee for Women, and the Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion and Meaning are excited to invite you to be a part of a common reading. The book is Brene Brown's "The Gifts of Imperfection." This book critically explores the notion of "wholehearted living" where readers are invited to cultivate their understanding of courage, compassion, and the connection that comes from being vulnerable and living with integrity. This is a must read for the student affairs professionals who strives to not only lead from the head, but also the heart. If you are interested in participating in this common read, please fill out this form by Wednesday, Oct. 31.


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