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Mar. 8, 2012

An Update From ACPA President Heidi Levine
ACPA
"It's hard to believe that in just three weeks, we'll be in Louisville, and ACPA's 88th annual convention will be in full swing! The planning team has done an outstanding job putting together a convention that will be energizing, inspiring, thought-provoking and renewing to help us think about how we create possibilities for our students. It's also impossible to think this morning about visiting Louisville and not be mindful of the devastating tornadoes that just hit communities in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina. I know that we are all holding those communities in our thoughts and hearts, and many of us have already found ways to support the relief efforts that are under way."More

ACPA And Intern Bridge Announce Partnership
ACPA
Intern Bridge provides research and resources on college student internships, giving higher education access to valuable information to enhance student learning. ACPA members can now save 15 percent on upcoming Intern Bridge programming by entering "ACPA" at checkout.More

Patricia Vanderbilt: Where Are The Women In College Student Government?
The Huffington Post
Closing the gender gap in U.S. politics can start on the college campus. Women who are involved in student government are more likely to run for public office, according to research by Jennifer Lawless of the Women & Politics Institute at American University. Unfortunately, while there are many female leaders of student groups on college campuses, student governments tend to be male-dominated.More

The ACPA Next Generation Conference Announces Speakers
ACPA
Susan Komives, John Dugan, and Vernon Wall will keynote the Next Generation Conference, March 24-25, in advance of the ACPA 2012 Louisville Annual Convention. Encourage undergraduate students interested in a career in higher education to attend today online, through tumblr, on Prezi, on Facebook, by following us on Twitter @ACPANextGen, or by email. All Next Generation participants and alumni are invited to the annual reception March 25 following the opening speaker.More

The Higher Education Compliance Alliance Announces Launch Of Web Site
ACPA
The Higher Education Compliance Alliance was created to provide the higher education community with a centralized repository of information and resources for compliance with federal laws and regulations. As a participating association, ACPA shares a joint commitment to providing high quality, free resources on a broad range of compliance topics as a service to the higher education community at large.More

Most Americans Support College, But Partisan Divide Exists
Education Week (Free subscription)
Ask Americans if they think colleges and universities are a good thing for the country, and most agree. But, as with many issues today, there is a partisan divide: Republicans are more skeptical of the impact of higher education than Democrats. A new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press conducted in February found 60 percent of adults said that colleges have a positive effect on the way things are going in the country and just 26 percent felt they have a negative effect.More

Play SCVNGR At The ACPA Annual Convention To Win
ACPA
SCVNGR is a mobile game about going places, completing challenges, and earning points. You can play via text message or on the free iPhone/Android Smartphone apps. There will be two SCVNGR experiences at the ACPA Annual Convention. All participants will be entered to win various prizes, including iPads, a 2013 annual convention registration package, and a Kindle Fire. If you have any questions, find the representatives at the SCVNGR booth for help.More

Massachusetts Colleges Soon To Track Civic Engagement
Inside Higher Ed
Massachusetts soon will track civic engagement at its public colleges, addressing increased concern that Americans aren't equipped to impact their communities or interact meaningfully with government. While it hasn't been decided exactly how citizenship learning will be evaluated, the Board of Higher Education's recent vote mandates that civic engagement be measured along with more traditional standards such as graduation rates.More

ACPA Past President Profile: C. Gilbert Wrenn
ACPA
As the author of more than 420 texts, small books, monographs, and journal articles, C. Gilbert Wrenn shaped the profession of student affairs. As an active member of ACPA, APA, and NVGA, Wrenn taught counseling at the University of Minnesota and Arizona State University. He served as ACPA president from 1947-1949 and was one of two living ACPA past presidents to participate in the 50th anniversary of the Student Personnel Point of View celebrations in 1987.More

Case Renews Focus On Race In College Admissions
NPR
College and university presidents are wringing their hands over the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to revisit the issue of affirmative action next fall. Critics of racial preferences are thrilled because the court could significantly restrict the use of race in admissions, but proponents of affirmative action say this would be a huge setback for institutions struggling to diversify their student body. Their biggest fear? That when the court decides Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin, colleges will have to once and for all remove race and ethnicity from consideration in their admission policies.More

Editorial: Welcome Trend In College Tuition
The New York Times (Subscription)
A small but growing number of private colleges are freezing tuition and rethinking policies that have driven up prices to unsustainable levels. According to the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, which represents more than 950 private colleges, 15 have announced tuition freezes for the 2012-2013 school year. The group includes two well-known, selective schools, Mount Holyoke College and Sewanee, the University of the South. Before the recession, such freezes were rare.More