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Jan. 16, 2014

ACPA Welcomes Dr. Cynthia Love As Its Next Executive Director
ACPA
Washington — Dr. Cynthia Love, current Executive Director of Soulforce, Inc., has been named the next Executive Director of ACPA — College Student Educators International by the association's Governing Board. Dr. Love will officially assume this new role on July 1, 2014. More

How To Help College Students Graduate
The New York Times
American students are enrolling in college in record numbers, but they're also dropping out in droves. Barely half of those who start four-year colleges, and only a third of community college students, graduate. That's one of the worst records among developed nations, and it's a substantial drain on the economy. The American Institutes for Research estimates the cost of those dropouts, measured in lost earnings and taxes, at $4.5 billion. Incalculable are the lost opportunities for social mobility and the stillborn professional careers.More

New Year, New Web Site
ACPA
ACPA is happy to announce that after months of hard work, we have launched a brand new Web site. This site is host to many new features, including a visually appealing design, advanced search functionality, a fully responsive layout that is completely mobile friendly, entity calendars and file repositories, and the ability for entity groups to have full control over their sections of the Web site. More

College Students Have FOMO
EdTech Magazine
Pew Internet's recent Social Media Update 2013 reveals some incredible findings about the growth of social media sites and their pervasive impact on our culture, particularly in college-age individuals. Here are a few highlights from the survey; be sure to download the full survey for more information. More

How College Health Centers Help Students Succeed
Psychology Today
Of all the dramatic changes in higher education in recent years, one that goes largely unnoticed is the tremendous growth in the mission, services, and facilities of health centers. More

10 Universities With The Largest Undergraduate Populations
U.S. News & World Report
Going to college may be increasingly expensive, but the cost hasn't deterred thousands of students from enrolling. Between 1992 and 1998, undergraduate enrollment was stable, but it increased by 37 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.More

Lost Leaders — Women In The Global Academy
University World News
Women have never been better represented in higher education than they are today. Globally, female students outnumber male students in two out of every three countries, according to data reported to UNESCO, while the number of women enrolled in tertiary institutions has grown almost twice as fast as that of men since 1970. Gender equality legislation, socio-economic and de-traditionalization factors have all played a part in this welcome trend, yet so far they appear to have had relatively little impact on opportunities for women to reach senior management and academic leadership positions in the sector.More

Announcing The Position Of Director Of Professional Development, Elect
ACPA
The Governing Board has appointed Lisa Landreman, Associate Dean of Students at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, USA, to the position of Director of Professional Development, Elect. Lisa will serve in the elect role during the 2014-2015 year and assume the position from 2015-2017. Congratulations to Lisa! More

Weighing The Efficiency Of Highly Ranked Universities
U.S. News & World Report
Florida State University finished first and Ohio's Miami University — Oxford placed second in the National Universities category of an exclusive U.S. News list of most efficient schools. These schools were able to produce the highest educational quality, as determined by their place in the 2014 Best Colleges rankings, but spend relatively less on educational programs to achieve that quality. U.S. News has analyzed efficiency for a second time as both public and private universities continue to face tight budgets — a result of reduced state appropriations and growing consumer resistance to higher tuition. That means it's imperative for many colleges to spend their limited resources efficiently in order to produce the highest possible educational quality. More

Developments Call For Columnist — Ethical Issues In Issues in Student Affairs & Higher Education
ACPA
The Ethical Issues column is a regular feature article focusing on ethical issues in student affairs and higher education. The column covers a variety of issues: from highlighting ethical issues facing the profession, to case studies of ethical issues for professionals, scholars, and practitioners in the field. More

Could the College Campus Go the Way of the Bookstore?
The Atlantic Cities
When it comes to the frenzied advent of the MOOC, the massive open online courses that have been threatening to upend higher education, no college wants to be perceived as old school. For some, there is a very real danger of becoming no school. With all this potential for upheaval, the physical makeup of institutions of higher learning is being called into question, too. As the business of education moves online, is the traditional quadrangle-dormitory-lecture hall-library configuration really going to be necessary? Could the college campus go the way of — gulp — the bricks-and-mortar bookstore?More

College Students Have FOMO
EdTech Magazine
Pew Internet's recent Social Media Update 2013 reveals some incredible findings about the growth of social media sites and their pervasive impact on our culture, particularly in college-age individuals. Here are a few highlights from the survey; be sure to download the full survey for more information. While many social platforms experienced growth in the past 12 months, Facebook strengthened its lead as the most prevalent network across all demographics. The site saw a 4 percent increase in the number of online adults who used the social network in the last year. Now, 71 percent use it, and 63 percent check the site daily. And an incredible 84 percent of college-age individuals, specifically those in the 18–29 age bracket, are users of the site.More