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Jul. 5, 2012

Why The Internet Isn't Going To End College As We Know It
The Atlantic
The idea that the Internet is about to do to college what it's done to journalism and entertainment seems to be coming dangerously close to conventional wisdom in certain elite circles. There is no question that the Web will change the way people learn. And the increasing cost of college is a public policy problem that we desperately need to solve. But the Web simply is not about to end higher education as we know it. New innovations don't disrupt old industries by merely competing with them. They do it by cutting into their source of revenue. As George Washington University's David Karpf has noted, if the Internet is to conquer higher education, it needs to hit colleges in the pocket book. And so far, there's no sign of that happening.More

Nominate A Colleague For An ACPA Award
ACPA
Each year, ACPA recognizes the outstanding contributions of deserving colleagues at the annual convention. Review the list of awards and the nomination criteria. Please take the time to nominate a deserving colleague. For further information, contact Myra F. Morgan. More

ACPA Appoints Sandra Estanek New Credentialing Implementation Team Chair
ACPA
ACPA is pleased to report that Sandra Estanek, associate professor and program director of the College Student Personnel Administration program at Canisius College, has agreed to serve as the new chair of the Credentialing Implementation Team. Recently, Steve Tyrell was appointed president of North County Community College in New York, and must devote all of his time to his new presidency. ACPA thanks Steve for his excellent service and wishes him well as the next in a growing line of ACPA leaders rising to the college presidency. Sandra has a distinguished record of service to higher education, student affairs and ACPA. She joins a dedicated team of faculty and practitioners exploring how credentialing will take shape. Please use this new opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas on credentialing with Sandra via the Credentialing Implementation Team blog.More

Campus Election Engagement Project Launches For 2012 US Election
ACPA
How can campuses engage America's 20 million students in 2012 elections? The Campus Election Engagement Project worked with 500 campuses in 2008 to do exactly that. Drawing on this experience, they've compiled a list of six key nonpartisan approaches that colleges and universities can use to engage students between now and November. The Campus Election Engagement Project hopes campuses will use this resource to help students register to vote, learn about issues and candidates, volunteer in campaigns, and get to the polls, while ensuring their votes count despite any obstacles.More

Catholic Colleges Worry As Number Of Female Presidents Falls
Inside Higher Ed
In the days when few colleges even imagined a woman as their leader, there was one corner of academe where women ruled: Roman Catholic colleges. Until the late 20th century, a Catholic college president was more likely than not to lead a women's college, and to do so in wimple and veil rather than suit and tie. But as women have risen to the top job at more colleges overall, they've lost ground in Catholic higher education, their ranks dwindling as colleges went coed and lay leaders replaced nuns. The number of women in the presidency at Catholic colleges is now at an all-time low.More

ACPA Platinum Partner, EdR, Begins Construction On New Housing Community Near The University Of Mississippi
ACPA
ACPA Platinum Partner, EdR, one of the nation's largest developers, owners and managers of collegiate housing, announced last week the closing of financing and commencement of construction on a $37.6 million collegiate housing community near the University of Mississippi-Oxford, with its joint venture partner, Landmark Properties. Construction has begun at 2405 Anderson Road in Oxford, Miss., on this community of 160 two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom cottages. Landmark Properties is developing and constructing the 668-bed cottage-style housing, which will be the first collegiate housing of this type serving the University of Mississippi. This project gives Landmark Properties 3,500 beds currently under construction, with another 1,200 beds scheduled to break ground later this summer. "We are excited to break ground on the first cottage community at the University of Mississippi," said Randy Churchey, president and chief executive officer of EdR. "This college community is the ideal location for the cottage concept."More

ACPA Celebrates Successes Of The Interfaith Youth Corps
ACPA
Because of the success of the first year of the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, they are launching Year 2! More than 250 campuses responded to President Barack Obama's call and signed up for the first year of the Challenge. Participating campuses brought together students, staff, faculty, and community members from diverse religious and secular backgrounds to tackle pressing social issues such as environmental stewardship, human trafficking, and disaster services, while also building sustainable interfaith programming at their institutions. On July 9-10, the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the Department of Education, and IFYC will be hosting a President's Challenge gathering at Howard University in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the success of Year 1 and the launch of Year 2.More

William J. Bennett: Is Sebastian Thrun's Udacity The Future of Higher Ed?
CNN
Educators and policymakers have long dreamed of providing universal, low-cost, first-class higher education. Their wish soon may come true, thanks to an unlikely source: Silicon Valley. The mecca of the technology universe is in the process of revolutionizing higher education in a way that educators, colleges and universities cannot, or will not. One of the men responsible for what may be an Athens-like renaissance is Sebastian Thrun, Google's vice president and pioneer in artificial intelligence and robotics. Known in science circles for his engineering feats — like Stanley, the self-driving car — Thrun is using his technological prowess to make quality higher education available to the world. Realizing the potential at his fingertips, Thrun launched Udacity, an independent online education company that provides high quality education at low cost to virtually everyone.More