Mar. 29, 2012

ACPA Congratulates Award Winners
Congratulations to ACPA's award winners. ACPA past presidents, Robert Brown and Susan Komives were honored with the ACPA Lifetime Achievement Award; Peter Magolda received this year's ACPA Contribution to Knowledge Award; and John R. Broderick was recognized with the Contribution to Higher Education Award.More

Gallup Study Lists Highest Well-Being Metropolitan Areas In US
Lancaster, Pa., tops a list of 190 U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest well-being, while the Huntington-Ashland area that includes five counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio, came in last. San Jose, Calif., has the highest well-being across large metro areas.More

ACPA's Technology @ACPAConvention A Hit!
ACPA's 2012 Annual Convention in Louisville featured many technological enhancements, giving members a chance to stay involved and engaged. Attendees were connected by following @ACPAConvention and #ACPA12 on Twitter. The Guidebook app proved popular in accessing the convention program schedule, hotel and convention center maps, and creating itineraries. QR (Quick Response) Codes were used on signage and print media throughout the convention helping members stay up-to-date with the most current information. ACPA looks forward to utilizing these and new technologies for the 2013 Convention in Las Vegas.More

Colleges Slashing Tuition, Offering 3-Year Degrees
A growing number of colleges are taking extreme measures to attract more students by cutting tuition or speeding up the rate at which they graduate. While some private colleges are introducing double-digit percentage cuts in tuition or freezing prices altogether, other schools are offering three-year degree programs or four-year graduation guarantees. In part, these schools are responding to consumers' concerns about the rising cost of college, said Tony Pals, spokesman for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.More

4 Tips For Using 3-D In The Classroom
Campus Technology
Three-D technology is becoming an increasing attractive technology for educators to employ in their classrooms. Particularly useful in subject areas like medicine, art, and architecture, where visual demonstrations make up a large portion of the learning experience, 3-D's ability to project width, height, and depth/length is helping the technology gain ground in higher education. Getting to the level where students and teachers alike are empowered by 3-D technology requires professional development, creating the right environment, and strategies for managing the equipment and content.More

Professional Development Advice For Academic Librarians
The Guardian
What is the role of the academic librarian in the modern institution? Has it changed? Has it remained the same? The Guardian rounds up the ideas and resources shared by a live chat panel on the building blocks for a successful career as an academic librarian.More

College Enrollments Growing, But More Slowly
Inside Higher Ed
As the recession took hold of the U.S. economy in late 2008, Americans did what they often do in bad economic times: went back for more schooling. That's why the last report from the federal government about college and university enrollments showed a sharp increase (of 7.1 percent) in the number of students in postsecondary institutions in fall 2009. The upturn — and the accompanying tuition dollars — helped soften the economic downturn's impact for many colleges. The Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics reported initial data on the number of students who enrolled the following fall, in 2010. The data show enrollments growing yet again, but at a somewhat slower pace, with about 21.6 million students enrolled in fall 2010, up 2.8 percent from a shade under 21 million in 2009.More

Kansas, Missouri Colleges Seek Prestige By Becoming Universities
The Kansas City Star
Has "college" lost its cachet? One has to look hard to find one anymore, at least one that does not have "community" in front of it. Over the last couple of decades, four-year institutions in Kansas and Missouri, including MidAmerica Nazarene (1997), Rockhurst (1999), Park (2000), Avila (2002), St. Mary in Leavenworth (2003) and Central Methodist in Fayette, Mo. (2004), have donned the academic robes of "university." Such name changes are all legitimate, as these schools offer — although some, very few — accredited graduate programs, which is a key distinction for most.More

Teresa Heinz Housel: First Generation College Students Need Focus
Inside Higher Ed
First generation college students comprise a student population that is routinely overlooked at American colleges and universities. These students, whose parents have attained neither a bachelor’s nor an associate degree, are more likely to encounter academic, financial, professional, cultural and emotional difficulties than are students whose parents attended college. However, at a time when budget space is at a premium, many colleges and universities do not have campus programs to help first generation students matriculate. This could be problematic for student recruitment and retention at the nation’s college and universities.More