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Please join us for our first ever Student Affairs Virtual Career Fair on February 17, 2015. This is a convenient way for employers and candidates to interact and discuss new openings before meeting face-to-face. Registration is free for all candidates, and for all employers who post positions with Career Central at Convention by January 16, 2015. Sign up today!
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities

Dec. 2-5 |  Women's Leadership Institute
Dec. 5 |  Massachusetts State Conference — Piloting the Field
Dec. 11-13 |  Leadership Educators Institute
Jan. 14-16, 2015 |  Ohio State Conference — Discover — Connect — Lead
Feb. 3-5, 2015 |  South Dakota State Conference — Together Toward Tomorrow
March 5-8, 2015 |  2015 Annual Convention in Tampa
March 7-8, 2015 |  Next Gen Conference
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5 Key Facts For International Students About US Academic Culture
U.S. News & World Report
As an international student, being in an American classroom can be a life-changing experience. You will able to express yourself freely, make friends, build your confidence and challenge your friends and professors on topics in class. There are, however, five characteristics of classes and the academic atmosphere in the U.S. that may be different from those in your home country.
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#ACPA15 Registration Rates Change After December 19, 2014
ACPA's 2015 Convention happening March 5–8, 2015 in Tampa, Florida USA is a great opportunity to network with Student Affairs professionals from around the globe that you won't want to miss. The deadline to take advantage of the Early Registration rate and save on convention registration costs is December 19, 2014, don't miss this deadline and register today ! See you in Tampa!
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Does Selectivity Matter?
Inside Higher Ed
Findings released from the National Survey of Student Engagement suggest that the average student experience can vary widely from one college to another, even when the institutions are similar in size and selectivity. More than 355,000 first-year and senior students from 622 four-year U.S. colleges and universities participated in the survey, which is now in its 16th year. The results, according to a report detailing the survey's findings, suggest that a college's enrollment size and level of selectivity "bears little relationship" to student engagement and experiences with faculty.
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Commission On Admission, Orientation And First Year Experience Research Grant Competition
The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and ACPA's Commission on Admission, Orientation and First Year Experience (AOFYE) invite applicants for their 2014 Research Grant Competition. The joint $500 grant will be awarded to the application that promotes original, descriptive, or evaluative research; philosophical studies; or institutional assessment or evaluation on issues surrounding admissions, orientation, and/or the first-year experience. View the information and selection criteria. Deadline for application is December 1, 2014.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Why So Many College Students Never Graduate (NBC News)
Number Of International College Students Continues To Climb (U.S. News & World Report)
How Much Does Sexual Assault Cost College Students Every Year? (The Washington Post)
Report: Students Read Way Below Level That Prepares Them For College, Careers (The Christian Science Monitor)
Number Of Academic Refugees Grows (The New York Times)

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Record 900,000 International Students In US: The Top Countries They Hail From
The Christian Science Monitor
A record number of international students — nearly 900,000 — studied in U.S. colleges and universities during the 2013-2014 school year, 8 percent more than the previous year. And while students from China continue to dominate, students are coming to the United States from an increasingly diverse set of countries. More U.S. students also chose to study abroad, though the share of U.S. students who study abroad for some portion of their undergraduate years is still less than 10 percent.
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The Standing Committee For Graduate Students And New Professionals Awards
The Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals offers annual, quarterly, and monthly awards for upcoming and new professionals in our field! Please consider nominating someone! Convention Awards: There are 6 Convention Awards that we award every year. Find the nomination form. Nominations are due by Friday, November 28. Program of the Month: The nomination form is here. The next submission date is December 19, 2014.
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Survey Finds 1 In 5 College Students Have Abused Prescription Medication
The Huffington Post
A new survey released by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids found that abuse of prescription stimulants is "becoming normalized" among college students and other young adults. Titled "Under Pressure: College Students And The Abuse of RX Stimulants," the survey polled over 1,600 young adults (students and non-students ages 18-25) and found that among the college students who participated, one in five had abused prescription stimulants — such as Adderall, Ritalin or Vyvanse — at least once in their lifetime. One in seven non-students said they had abused the medication at least once.
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ACPA Elections Now Open
Please exercise your right and responsibility to get involved. ACPA's elections process is open from November 25 through December 9. Visit the ACPA Elections Slate Web Page to view the candidates and their bios. Additionally, various Commissions are holding directorate board elections. Cast your vote today!
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Toning Down The Tweets Just In Case Colleges Pry
The New York Times
Admissions officers at Morehouse College in Atlanta were shocked several years ago when a number of high school seniors submitted applications using email addresses containing provocative language. Some of the addresses made sexual innuendos while others invoked gangster rap songs or drug use, said Darryl D. Isom, Morehouse's director of admissions and recruitment. But last year, he and his staff noticed a striking reversal: Nearly every applicant to Morehouse, an all-male historically black college, used his real name, or some variation, as his email address.
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