Jan. 19, 2012

Statement On The ACPA Student Affairs Credential Program
ACPA's announcement last week that it created an implementation team to outline policies and practices for credentialing individuals in student affairs has launched a lively and thoughtful exchange of responses and suggestions. Consistent with our value and history of member engagement and voice in association activities, we are excited to share next steps with you and invite conversation about the voluntary ACPA Student Affairs Credential Program.More

5 Colleges To Test Bulk-Purchasing Of e-Textbooks In Bid To Rein In Costs
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Free subscription)
An effort by college leaders to shake up the textbook industry got a boost, as five universities announced plans to try bulk purchasing of e-textbooks. The news comes before Apple expected to announce that company's entrance into the e-textbook space, and it highlights steps that colleges themselves are taking to rein in textbook prices rather than wait for the market to reshape itself. The five colleges involved in the project are: Cornell University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Minnesota, the University of Virginia, and the University of Wisconsin.More

ACPA's 2012 Governance Elections Are Now Open
ACPA's elections process is open January 10-24. During this time, ACPA members can learn about the candidates and cast their votes.More

Job Search Jumpstart
The Maryland College Personnel Association (MCPA) is partnering with ACPA — College Student Educators International and the District of Columbia College Personnel Association (DCCPA) on an enhanced mock interview program to incorporate advice for the overall job search. The purpose of the Job Search Jump Start program is to provide job-searching graduate students and young professionals in higher education/student affairs with a real-life simulation of placement services. If you would like to be a volunteer or have any questions, please contact Ashley McCartney or Rachel Morales.More

Few Options Available To Help Pay Off Private Student Loans
USA Today
President Barack Obama announced in October a broad initiative to provide relief for college graduates struggling to repay student loans. Obama said the plan will lower monthly payments for 1.6 million borrowers. The sluggish economy has made the differences between federal and private loans even more pronounced. For example, federal student loan borrowers who are unemployed are entitled to defer payments on their loans for up to three years. Borrowers earning less than they had been expected to can apply for a reduction in payments, based on their discretionary income. After 25 years of making qualified income-based repayments, the balance of the loan is forgiven, even if it hasn't been fully paid off. The Obama administration's plan would forgive the loan balance after 20 years. For private lenders, such relief is voluntary — and rare.More

International Student Affairs Study Tour To China
Be included in this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience and learn about higher education and student affairs administration in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing. Open to all members of the higher education community including graduate students, faculty, and professional staff. Students can register and earn academic credit for the study tour through Old Dominion University (Virginia). For more information on the registration process, fees and program please visit Limited to only 50 participants — early bird registration ends January 27.More

Register Now: Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program Facilitator Training And Conference
The University of Arizona is hosting the first ever Step UP! conference in May. Since its 2008 release, hundreds of colleges and other organizations are now using Step UP! — the award-winning bystander intervention program that teaches students how to intervene in problematic situations including alcohol abuse, hazing, depression, sexual assault, discrimination, anger, eating disorders, academic misconduct, and more. This is the first time a training dedicated to preparing administrators and other professionals to facilitate Step UP! is being offered. Don’t miss this opportunity — space is limited. This intensive 2-day training is intended for College and University professionals (including Athletics, Campus Health, Sexual Assault Prevention Programs, Greek Life, Housing and Residence Life, Student Affairs, etc.) as well as high school administrators and others who want to know more about creating a bystander intervention program. Scholarships are available. Sponsors and partners include the NCAA, ACPA, and the Bacchus Network.More

Professors Lecture Virginia Lawmakers On Higher Ed Issues
The Virginia Gazette
One day after the General Assembly opened, 36 professors and 12 students from colleges and universities in Virginia came to the Capitol to encourage legislators to better meet higher education’s financial and policy needs. Led by faculty from Virginia Commonwealth University, the participants had six hours to push for more money for higher education, lower tuition for in-state students and greater compensation and benefits for teachers at the state’s public colleges and universities. Dr. Patricia Cummins, professor in the VCU School of World Studies and organizer of the event, embraced the symbolism of Virginia Higher Education Advocacy Day by likening the mission to a post-WWII mentality.More

Long-Term Care Is Your Problem, Feds Decide
If you think Washington will meet your long-term care needs, think again. The Class Act, the long-term care insurance program enacted as part of the 2010 overhaul of the nation's health care system, was dropped in October after most actuarial experts determined it could not remain self-funded for 75 years. Though Washington has abandoned the problem, you don't have that luxury. As we get older as a nation, the chances continue to increase that you or someone you know will require long-term care. Long-term care is for people who require help with daily living functions, such as getting dressed or going to the bathroom. Long-term care patients have to pay for lengthy nursing-home stays, reside in assisted-living centers or get assistance from home-health aides. The rates and benefits of long-term care insurance can vary widely based on the carrier. The ACPA Member Insurance Program provides a team of experts who can answer your questions, help you determine the type of coverage you'll need, and obtain proposals from multiple long-term care insurance companies.More