Jan. 31, 2013

ACPA Executive Director Search Update
ACPA is proud to announce the student affairs and higher education leaders that will be a part of the search committee to select ACPA's next Executive Director. These individuals will work closely with William Spelman Executive Search, the firm that has been retained to assist ACPA in this process and the Governing Board that will make the final selection.Michael Cuyjet, Professor, University of Louisville; Jennifer Hamilton, Executive Director, CACUSS-Canadian Association of College and University Student Services; Bonita Jacobs, President, North Georgia College; Bridget Turner Kelly, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago; Myra Morgan, Director of External Relations, University of Florida and ACPA Past President and current ACPA Foundation President; Patty Perillo, Vice President for Student Affairs, Virginia Tech and ACPA Past President; Michael Segawa, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Puget Sound; Steve Tyrell, President, North County Community College. Keith Humphrey, Vice President for Student Affairs, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, will Chair the search. The search committee will begin its work at the ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention. ACPA members will be kept apprised of the search process through eCommunity.More

Class Size Matters
Inside Higher Ed
In October, during the final 2012 U.S. presidential debate, the topic of class size came up within the context of global competitiveness. Although the candidates were mainly arguing the benefits of small classes in K-12 education, the issue deserves attention within higher education. With the growth of online classes, including massive open online courses, and with the creep upward in class size of many institutions that have faced budget constraints in recent years, it is worth asking whether class size matters in college courses. Do the learning objectives, teaching methods, teacher standards, and workload expectations vary, depending upon class size? Do students’ learning, motivation, and work habits in large classes match those in smaller classes?More

Remembering Phyllis Mable At ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention
A memorial tribute to Phyllis Mable will be held at the ACPA: College Student Educators International Annual Convention Las Vegas, Nevada Monday, March 4, 2013 8:00 pm Bally's Las Vegas Skyview. In further recognition of the legacy of Phyllis, memorial donations may be made to the Phyllis Mable Citizen Leadership Award Fund at Longwood University or the ACPA Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute Fund. Donations for the Phyllis Mable Citizen Leadership Award may be sent to: University Advancement, Longwood University, 201 High St., Farmville, Virginia 23909. Checks should be made to "Longwood University Foundation." Donations for the ACPA Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute may be sent to: ACPA — College Student Educators International, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036. Check should be made to the "ACPA Mable Institute." In addition, the Phyllis L. Mable Collection has been established at the National Student Affairs Archives at Bowling Green State University. Archivist Ann Bowers invites her papers, correspondence, and other mementos for this collection. If you have photographs, correspondence, speeches, or professional papers, you may send them to Ann Bowers, National Student Affairs Archives, Center for Archival Collections, Jerome Library, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403, 419.372.2413, or e-mail

For Many Students, Print Is Still King
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Despite the hype about e-books, the classic textbook hasn't gone away. In fact, the hold-it-in-your-hands book remains the first choice for many instructors and students. Even as publishers scramble to produce new kinds of content for a digital learning environment, print is still king for many of the biggest-selling textbooks. Take the familiar Norton Anthology of English Literature, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this past year. Norton doesn't even offer an electronic version, but the book is going strong in its ninth edition. Its success has spawned a long line of Norton anthologies, devoted to American literature, African-American literature, children's literature, Latino literature and more.More

National Universities Where Most Accepted Students Enroll
U.S. News & World Report
The average prospective college student is applying to more schools than in previous years, according to the National Association of College Admission Counseling. "The number of applications submitted to colleges rose dramatically over the past decade, fueled by a record increase in applications submitted per-student," NACAC reported in a press release for its "State of College Admission: 2012" report. More

New Release: Introductory Guide To Green Revolving Fund Implementation And Management
Guide provides framework for investing in energy efficiency upgrades. This helpful publication offers step-by-step guidance on planning, creating, and managing a green revolving fund at a college, university, or other institution. The 27-page guide, co-published by AASHE and the Sustainable Endowments Institute and supported by 13 other organizations, also contains information on the Billion Dollar Green Challenge and related resources, and a 10-step road map to a successful GRF. More

College Students Who Drink For Anxiety May Face Special Dangers
University at Buffalo
A study conducted in the University at Buffalo Department of Psychology has found that college students who drink to cope with anxiety may experience more negative alcohol-related consequences than peers who drink for other reasons. Undergraduate Research Assistant Justin Kimber used data from a larger study by Jennifer Read, PhD, UB professor of psychology. That study was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Guided by Read, Kimber examined the pathway between Generalized Anxiety Disorder and drinking-to-cope behavior among college students relative to the number of negative alcohol-related consequences they reported. Such consequences include blacking out, lower grades, missing class, etc.More

Volunteers Needed For ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention
Attending Convention? A great way to get involved, meet new colleagues, and get the most out of your experience is to volunteer. Opportunities exist in many areas with no previous convention experience necessary. Convention could not be a success without our many volunteers, so please consider signing up for a shift and encourage your colleagues to do the same. More

Survey Suggets College Students' Political Views More Moderate
Foundation for Independent Voter Education
Pundits and pollsters focused on courting the youth vote might want to pay attention. A new study suggests young adults in America are more politically moderate, more tolerate of alternative lifestyles, and supportive of abortion rights. The 2012 Freshman Survey, released last week by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, concluded there has been a statistically significant increase in college freshman who self-identified as politically "middle-of-the-road" instead of within the traditional "conservative" or "liberal" dichotomy. More

Webinar Series Introducing The Best Practices As It Relates To Assessment
The Commission for Student Involvement, the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation, and the Georgia College Personnel Association present this three part, hour-long, Webinar series which will introduce best practices as it relates to assessment. Sessions include: The Basics of Questionnaire Construction (January 24, 2013 at 10:30AM EST); Conducting Interviews and Focus Groups (April 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM EST); Innovative Practice to Assess Student Success: Utilizing Rubrics in Student Affairs (June 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM EST) These Webinars are being offered free of charge to anyone who would like to join us. More

Drinking Among College Freshmen Hits Record Low, Major Survey Finds
Yahoo News
The U.S. economy may be on the mend, but that hasn't stopped it from influencing a generation in an unexpected way: For the first time ever, an annual survey of college freshman has found that first-year students are more focused on their job prospects than their party plans. According to the "2012 Freshman Norms report," conducted by UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program each year since 1966, only 33 percent of college freshman reported drinking beer in 2012, down from 35.4 percent in 2011 and far lower than the 73.7 percent who were knocking back drinks in 1982, when many of their own parents were in college. More

Maryland College Personnel Association: Job Search Jump Start
Join the Maryland College Personnel Association on February 15th as they provide job-searching graduate students and new professionals in higher education/student affairs with a real-life simulation of placement services at national student affairs conferences. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in mock interviews and receive feedback from student affairs professionals from within their functional areas of interest! Register here.More