Jan. 30, 2014

ACPA 2014 Registration Early Bird Deadline
Register before February 18 to take advantage of the early bird registration rate for convention. Social media is abuzz highlighting the many reasons to join us in Indy for ACPA 2014. Check out #ACPA14 to see what your colleagues are saying about the HEd Talk speakers and innovative programs and formats! Think Different. Expect More. Register Today!More

College Students Can Learn To Drink Less, If Schools Help
Drinking remains one of the biggest health risks for college students, with 80 percent of students drinking alcohol and more than one-third binge drinking. This may seem like an inevitable part of . But there's actually a lot that schools can do to help students get their drinking under control if they're willing to offer more than generic online courses, a study finds. When scientists from Brown University and the Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I., reviewed more than 40 different studies on interventions to reduce drinking among college freshmen, they found that while some efforts worked better than others, everything helped.More

Complimentary Webinar: Performance Based Funding In Higher Education
ACPA is pleased to offer a free resource for our members! Join us on Wednesday, February 12th for Performance Based Funding in Higher Education. This Webinar will provide a forum to come together and explore meaningful ways to improve student success, while revising the way we do business. Panelists include: Dr. Jan Friedel, Associate Professor, School of Education, Iowa State University; Nick Lutes, Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges; Dr. Bonita C. Jacobs, President, University of North Georgia; and Dr. Steve Tyrell, President, North Country Community College. Click here to register. The Webinar is sponsored by the ACPA Senior Student Affairs Officer Advisory Board, the External Relations Advisory Board, and the Strategic Plan Leadership in Higher Education Implementation Team. For questions or more information, contact Tricia Fechter, Senior Director of Professional Development, Research and Scholarship.More

New Worry For College Students: Food Insecurity
For most college students, eating problems stem from having too much food (albeit unhealthy) around. But a new study suggests that a higher than expected percentage of them might not be eating enough because they can’t afford it. The research, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that 59% of college students at a university in Oregon were classified as food insecure at some point during the last school year. That means they were not able to eat nutritious, safe foods consistently. A 2012 USDA study found that about 14.5% of American households were food insecure at some point during 2012, so the rate among the college students was nearly four times higher.More

Report: High Textbook Prices Have College Students Struggling
U.S. News & World Report
The soaring cost of college textbooks is affecting students throughout the nation, to the point where some forgo purchasing books, despite the fact their grades could be in jeopardy. In a survey of more than 2,000 college students in 33 states and 156 different campuses, the U.S. 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

2014 ACPA Sustainability Institute at the Annual Convention
The ACPA Sustainability Institute, co-sponsored by ACPA, IUPUI, and the Hamad bin Khalifa University is offered as a pre-convention colloquia on Saturday, March 29 at IUPUI. Our featured keynote speaker is John de Graaf, Executive Director of Take Your Time, and author of Affluenza, a critique on American consumerism. In addition, participants will hear from speakers Kim Yousey-Elsener, Staci Ripkey, Keith Edwards and others talking about assessment, social justice, and LEED building, enjoy a campus lab experience, and hear about efforts for sustainability on IUPUI's campus. Register and learn more online at the convention Website. Questions can be directed to Jess Buckley at

Will Global Rankings Boost HE In Emerging Countries?
University World News
When global university rankings started with the publication of the first Academic Ranking of World Universities, or ARWU, by Shanghai Jiao Tong University back in 2003 and the Times Higher Education Supplement-Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings in 2004, interest was patchy. Latin America, South Asia, the Arab and Muslim worlds and East and Central Europe generally ignored them. Things have changed a lot since then. There are places where global university rankings seem to be a substitute, if not for war, then at least for the World Cup or the Olympics.More

ACPA 2014 Genius Labs
Do words like Wufoo, Hootsuite, LinkedIn, Twitter and Wordpress have your head spinning? Can technology sometimes overwhelm you? Does social media seem like a fad or waste of time? Explore the answers to all your questions at the all new Genius Labs and learn how simple it is to use the latest technology to help you in project management, assessment and communication with students and colleagues. These 20 minute "drop-in" workshops will be located in the main convention center hallway (next to registration) throughout the day Sunday, March 30 through Tuesday, April 1. A list of topics can be found here. Specific times and presenters will be listed in early March to help you plan out your schedule.More

Report: High Textbook Prices Have College Students Struggling
U.S. News & World Report
The soaring cost of college textbooks is affecting students throughout the nation, to the point where some forgo purchasing books, despite the fact their grades could be in jeopardy. In a survey of more than 2,000 college students in 33 states and 156 different campuses, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group found the average student spends as much as $1,200 each year on textbooks and supplies alone. By comparison, the group says that's the equivalent of 39 percent of tuition and fees at a community college, and 14 percent of tuition and fees at a four-year public university.More

Pre-Convention Colloquia At ACPA Annual Convention
Whether you've landed your first job in the field and, you're interested in learning about effective use of technology in student affairs, or you are Senior Students Affairs Officer looking to stay on top of higher education policy and its impact on your daily work, there's a Pre-Convention Colloquia for you! The workshop offerings have depth and breadth that are suited for professionals at any point in their career path. Sign up for one of these sessions when you register for Convention before rates go up on February 19.More

Students Should Accumulate Life Skills Through Experience, Not Class
Experience is an aspect of life that is different for every single person. It is highly unlikely that you can find two of the same people characteristically, physically or even skillfully. The reason every college student goes through years of specialized undergraduate education is to focus on and excel in a specific field of the world. However, as cited by Psychology Today, a recent concern is the lack of life skills being taught to Americans of our generation through their college education. But life skills should be left up to students’ experience, rather than their formal education.More

Developments Call For Columnist — Ethical Issues In Issues In Student Affairs & Higher Education
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

RCI 2014 Call For Faculty, Planning Team, Showcase Institutions
The ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute recently opened the call for faculty, planning team members, and showcase institutions. The Ninth Annual ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute will take place October 19–22, 2014 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Interested individuals should submit their materials by following the links provided below.