May. 10, 2012

Remembering Phyllis L. Mable, 1934-2012, 'The Whole Student — Head, Heart, Mind, Spirit'
Phyllis L. Mable was an exemplary leader, educator, colleague and friend throughout her active involvement with ACPA and her tireless contributions to higher education that spanned more than 50 years. Phyllis, 78, died May 9. As a former ACPA president and one of the founders of the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, she dedicated her lifelong work to student development, created pathways for success for countless educators, and advocated for standards in learning outcomes. Upon her 2001 retirement as the vice president of student affairs at Longwood University in Virginia, she refocused her energy on learning and development outcomes in the standards as executive director of CAS. Phyllis deeply cherished her personal relationships with colleagues and friends, many of whom were former students. She always showed appreciation through personalized, thoughtful handwritten notes to all who shared a meal with her. Phyllis' legacy will indefinitely live on through her friends, colleagues and students.More

ACPA Supports Extension Of The Stafford Student Loan Rates
ACPA joined the American Council on Education and other higher education organizations in sending a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives expressing support for maintaining the subsidized Stafford student loan interest rate at 3.4 percent. The interest rate is scheduled to double July 1, imposing a significant burden on more than 7.4 million students and their families. Members who are U.S. citizens are encouraged to share their perspectives with their members of Congress.More

Colleges Look At Policies For Undocumented Students
USA Today
Social justice is central to the mission of Dominican University, a small private Catholic college in suburban Chicago. Serving poor immigrants is part of its history. So as the school began to get more applications where Social Security numbers weren't provided, there was never a question of turning qualified undocumented students away, President Donna Carroll says. This year, the school pulled together $274,000 in financial aid for 17 undocumented students. Despite pushback from some donors and alumni, Carroll says her only regret is that she can't help more students. "Is it controversial? Yes," she says. But "it's against the law to discriminate against any student group. You need to start from that premise."More

Opinion: Florida Hazing Case Should Mark The End Of Brutal Tradition
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
With the announcement that 13 students will be prosecuted for the hazing death of Robert Champion Jr., the state of Florida opened a new front in the battle against an entrenched culture of physical abuse. But law enforcement can't win this battle alone. On May 2, prosecutors charged 13 people in the death of Champion, 26, who died from repeated blows on Nov. 19. Champion had been a member of the famed Florida A&M University Marching 100. Champion, a drum major, was allegedly beaten to death after the Florida Classic football game in Orlando.More

Patty Perillo, Past ACPA President, Named Vice President For Student Affairs At Virginia Tech
Patricia A. "Patty" Perillo, associate dean of students at Davidson College, has been named vice president for student affairs at Virginia Tech. She will begin her new position Aug. 1. She will succeed Edward F.D. Spencer, who will retire June 30 after 30 years at Virginia Tech.More

Tammara Durham Named Vice Provost For Student Affairs At The University of Kansas
Tammara Durham, interim vice provost at the University of Kansas and an ACPA member, has been named the new vice provost at the University of Kansas. Congratulations to Tammara for her support of students and her participation in the professional association.More

David Harrison: International Education Much More Than Study Abroad
The Huffington Post
As high school seniors evaluate colleges and universities across the country, David Harrison says he's met many who are looking to identify programs that offer an "international education." For most, this simply means looking for opportunities to study abroad for all or part of a year. However, thinking about global education in terms of simply studying abroad is an approach that is far too shortsighted. In addition to overseas experiences, a true international education constantly exposes students to ideas and issues that define today's world. This should happen when students are studying on campus as well as when they're studying abroad, and it should be taking place no matter what a student happens to be studying.More

Susan Komives Recognized For ACPA Lifetime Achievement Award
Susan R. Komives, professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education at the University of Maryland-College Park, was honored with the ACPA–College Student Educators International's Lifetime Achievement Award for her service and academic contributions to the college student affairs profession.More

New College Presents New Model For Latino Students
Inside Higher Ed
Not much is truly unique in higher education. The industry is too big, and most experiments have been tried before. But the new Ameritas College sure sounds different. Ameritas, launched recently, blends for-profit and nonprofit elements and has a singular focus on Latinos who are working adults. It is part of Brandman University, a private, nonprofit institution with 26 campuses in California and Washington. Co-located at four campuses in Southern California's Inland Empire, Ameritas will offer relatively low-cost, accelerated associate and bachelor degree tracks. Its curriculum is designed to "crack the code" of helping Latinos get to graduation, administrators said.More

Register Now: LGBT Professional Academy For Advisors
Do you enjoy advising LGBT college students, but wish you could be more effective and equipped with tools and resources? Campus Pride has the skill-building retreat just for you — the LGBT Professional Academy for Advisors (also known as Advisor BOOTCAMP). The five-day retreat is in coordination with Camp Pride and brings together LGBT student advisors and higher education staff who support LGBT youth from around the United States and will be held July 17-22. At the academy, you will have the opportunity to learn new knowledge, enhance your skills as well as collaborate with others who share your passion for advising and creating safer, more welcoming communities.More

Opinion: Private Sector Schools Educating America's Workforce
U.S. News & World Report
President Barack Obama has time and again touted the importance of higher education even stating our nation needs 2 million more college graduates in the next decade. In fact, Obama dedicated significant time recently toward calling for college to be more affordable and accessible. While the president talks about the availability of higher education, skills development, and degree attainment, private sector colleges and universities are delivering on these items, while employing tens of thousands of Americans.More