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Mar. 21, 2013

ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention Social Media And Tech Data
ACPA
The 2013 Las Vegas ACPA Convention Technology Chair, Ed Cabellon shares his thoughts on the extensive use of social media and other technologies that were implemented at this year's very successful convention, co-located with NIRSA-Leaders in Collegiate Recreation. Read about his experiences behind the scenes on the ACPA Convention Blog.More

Tennessee Bill Allows Christian Counselors To Reject Suicidal LGBT Students
The Raw Story
The Tennessee state Senate considered a bill that would allow counselors to discriminate against LGBT students, sexually-active students or anyone else based on religious objections. Republican state Sen. Joey Hensley encouraged fellow senators to pass SB 514 to "prevent an institution of high education from discriminating against a student in the counseling, social worker, psychology programs because of their religious beliefs."More

The ACPA Commission For Housing And Residential Life & ACPA Commission For Assessment And Evaluation Webinar
ACPA
Many student affairs professionals understand the importance of assessment and program evaluation — but for most, the idea of actually leading an assessment project is a scary proposition. Join the Commission for Housing and Residential Life and the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation for a conversation about assessment, with a focus on how residence life programs can "hear the stories" through the use of easy qualitative research techniques. Register now for this complimentary Webinar. More

Brain-Mapping Increases Understanding of Alcohol's Effects On First-Year College Students
Penn State via Science Daily
A research team that includes several Penn State scientists has completed a first-of-its-kind longitudinal pilot study aimed at better understanding how the neural processes that underlie responses to alcohol-related cues change during students' first year of college. Anecdotal evidence abounds attesting to the many negative social and physical effects of the dramatic increase in alcohol use that often comes with many students' first year of college. The behavioral changes that accompany those effects indicate underlying changes in the brain. Yet in contrast to alcohol's numerous other effects, its effect on the brain's continuing development from adolescence into early adulthood — which includes the transition from high school to college — is not well known.More

The Journal Of Critical Thought And Praxis (JCTP) Call For Papers: Deadline April 13, 2013
ACPA
JCTP is a peer-reviewed online journal committed to providing a space for critical and progressive scholarship, practice, and activism. The mission is to create an accessible and inter- and trans-disciplinary journal that supports awareness and challenges individuals to move towards advocacy. This journal brings together emerging scholars, educators, and activists with the intention of providing recognition to the work of the social justice community. JCTP explores, challenges, and pushes the boundaries among multiple disciplines, while providing all authors with developmental feedback. More

Study: Path Through College Is Indirect And Stressful For Many Students
MindShift
Despite a deeply held belief that success in college is crucial for success in life, the traditional path students assume they'll take is more an exception than the rule, according to a new report. Though most students believe the college path — high school, college with chosen major, internship, job — will smoothly go from one phase to the next, the reality is quite different for many students. And as a result, stress and anxiety is causing them to make haphazard decisions about their education.More

Colleges Assess Cost Of Free Online-Only Courses
The New York Times
Virginia M. Rometty, the chief executive of I.B.M., recently urged her employees to take 40 hours of continuing education this year. The company would not reimburse tuition, but would pay for expenses, like textbooks. More

Secrets Of The Most Successful College Students
TIME
College-admission letters go out this month, and most recipients (and their parents) will place great importance on which universities said yes and which said no. A growing body of evidence, however, suggests that the most significant thing about college is not where you go, but what you do once you get there.More

10 Colleges Where The Most Students Study Abroad
U.S. News & World Report
The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas.More

The Commission Of Global Dimensions Of Student Development Webinar: The Professional Value Of International Experiences: Unpacking Study Abroad For Essential Professional Competencies
ACPA
Research indicates that employers fail to value international experiences in recruiting new college graduates, unless students reframe their experiences into workplace competencies. This Webinar highlights research on employer perceptions and introduces a model for competency- based reflection to help students reframe these experiences. More

Colleges Struggle To Connect With High-Achieving Poor Students
ABC News
Admission to college is often seen in poor, minority communities as a ticket to a better life, but most of the nation's top-scoring low-income students don't apply to the country's best schools. According to a new report, "The Missing 'One-Offs': The Hidden Supply of High-Achieving, Low Income Students," only about a third of high-achieving high school seniors in the bottom quarter of income distribution enrolled in one of the country's 200 or so most-selective colleges. On the other hand, there are far more students in this group than previously believed, and that's a very good thing, according to the study's authors. More

Registration Is Now Open For The 2013 Gender Spectrum Conference
ACPA
The Gender Spectrum Conference focuses on creating gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. By itself, gender is complex. When you add other aspects of who you are — race, ethnicity, religion, family background and where you live, to name just a few — things can be complicated. It's also what makes each person's story unique. Join Gender Spectrum in exploring these issues at the 2013 Gender Spectrum Conference, Gender: Just One Piece of the Puzzle. More

College And Stress: Students, Experts Talk Importance Of College Majors
The Huffington Post
Even after the college applications are completed, the acceptance letters have rolled in and you've decided upon your school of choice, there's still one important decision to be made: choosing a college major. HuffPost Live tackled the topic, featuring Taylor Trudon (associate editor of HuffPost Teen), Will McGuinness (HuffPost College senior editor), Anne Mongillo (dean of academic advisement at Hofstra University), Spencer Brown (freshman at Rutgers University) and Dale Stephens (founder of uncollege.org).More

Maryland College Personnel Association (MCPA)'s Annual Support Staff Conference
ACPA
The theme for this year's conference is "Getting to the Core." MCPA's Annual Support Staff Conference, hosted at Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville will encourage participants to take a closer, more meaningful look at themselves and the important work they do. "Getting to the Core" is an opportunity to explore the who, what, where, when, and why of our jobs. We are all familiar with the how to do things, so please join us as we take time to discover the way we fit into the fabric of higher education. More

Colleges Assess Cost Of Free Online-Only Courses
The New York Times
Virginia M. Rometty, the chief executive of I.B.M., recently urged her employees to take 40 hours of continuing education this year. The company would not reimburse tuition, but would pay for expenses, like textbooks. The offer inspired Todd Watson, an I.B.M. executive in Austin, Tex., to update his knowledge of corporate finance. But who needs tuition? Instead, he signed up for a free finance class created by the prestigious University of Michigan and offered by a startup called Coursera. The company promotes massive online open courses — known as MOOCs.More