Jul. 17, 2014

#ACPA15 Closing Speaker Is Laverne Cox
A renowned speaker, Laverne has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically all over the country. Her insights have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NPR, HLN, VH1, FOX NEWS LATINO, among other national TV and radio networks. Read more about Laverne and her alignment with our core values. Registration for #ACPA15 is a click away, so register today!More

Which Problems Could MOOCs Solve, And How?
University World News
The phenomenon of the massive open online course has made more people aware of what online learning might do for a much larger group of students than higher education currently serves. There has been a lot of speculation about what they might mean for the future of education, universities and learning. Some of it is wild and wrongheaded. We need a more critical understanding of what MOOCs are actually achieving and what more they could do to address the really important educational challenges our institutions face.More

Deadline For Nominations Is Tomorrow For The ACPA Foundation Diamond Honoree Program
The ACPA Foundation is accepting nominations for its 2015 Class of Diamond Honorees. Nominees are expected to have demonstrated sustained contributions to ACPA; higher/tertiary education; and the student affairs/services profession at the local, state, national and international levels. The 2015 Class of Diamond Honorees will be recognized at the 2015 Annual Convention in Tampa, Florida. Submit nominations electronically to Keith Humphrey by July 18, 2014.More

For College Students, Laptops Remain A Prized Possession
U.S. News University Connection
As new and returning college students make their way through July, many are surely putting together their back-to-school shopping lists. It's likely more than a few of these individuals will have "laptop" written down, as these computers are highly valued among much of the degree-seeking population, according to new research from technology company AMD.More

Joining Gym Helps College Students Improve Grades, Study
Science World Report
A team of researchers from the Michigan State University offered a solution to students who are currently not achieving the grades they hoped for. According to them, spending more time in the library or study hall alone doesn't help boost grades, but rather spending more time in the gym. More

Sleep Problems Have The Same Effects On Students' Grades As Drug Abuse, New Study Finds
PBS Newshour
Losing sleep can have the same effects on your grades as binge drinking and chronic marijuana use, according to a new study published in the journal Sleep.More

Here's What Procrastinators Are Doing Instead Of Schoolwork
The Huffington Post
Regardless of gender or age, you probably do your fair share of procrastinating if you're in school. A new study from StudyMode, an international network that provides students with online learning tools, breaks down who procrastinates and why. More

Video: Dr. Martha Kanter: #ACPArethink Presidential Symposium
Dr. Martha Kanter currently serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Watch Kanter's remarks on the deeper understanding on access, affordability, and accountability in American Higher Education. More

Joining Gym Helps College Students Improve Grades, Study
Science World Report
A team of researchers from the Michigan State University offered a solution to students who are currently not achieving the grades they hoped for. According to them, spending more time in the library or study hall alone doesn't help boost grades, but rather spending more time in the gym. The study shows that students, who were members of recreational sports and fitness centers on the campus during their freshman and sophomore years, had higher grade point averages when compared to those who did not have any membership. The researchers also found that students who had gym memberships, stayed for longer duration in school and their retention rate in two-years increased by 3.5 percent.More

Read Member Of The Week Shetina Jones' Story
As a graduate student, I was passionate about the field and full of energy. During one of my graduate courses, I heard an announcement that the Michigan College Personnel Association (MCPA) was looking for volunteers for the Annual Conference. After volunteering, I was encouraged to join the leadership team. I learned so much during my terms as Secretary, Annual Conference Chair, and as President of the association. I grew up in MCPA! Share Your Story.More

Summit On Sexual Assault
Inside Higher Ed
A leading forensic consultant urged representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities gathered here Monday to acknowledge that they've made mistakes in handling campus sexual assaults and to apologize publicly to student survivors. "We must apologize for causing that harm," David Lisak, the consultant and clinical psychologist, said. "And that apology must mean something." Lisak is one of the many speakers discussing sexual assault this week at a summit hosted and organized by Dartmouth College — an institution that is no stranger to criticism about how it has addressed sexual violence. The college is one of 67 institutions under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights for possible Title IX violations related to sexual assaults.More

Read College/University Member Spotlight Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo's Story
I evaluated many different associations for professional development when I became Vice President and found that ACPA offers the breadth and depth in research, scholarship, and year-round professional development that advances Cal Poly Student Affairs like no other association. We regularly share ABOUT CAMPUS articles for discussion and have found that our team members have benefited tremendously from the year-round institutes. Share Your Story.More

10 Universities That Receive The Most Applications
U.S. News & World Report
California has long been the most populous state in the U.S., and recent data show that it's also a popular destination among prospective college students. Of the 10 schools that received the most applications for fall 2012, eight were in California, according to data submitted to U.S. News by 1,242 ranked institutions. University of California—Los Angeles leads the group, just as it did for fall 2011 admissions. It received 72,697 applications from prospective first-time, first-year degree-seeking students. Other California schools in the top 10 list include University of California—Irvine, which received 56,508 applications, and San Diego State University, which received 51,364 applications.More

Call For Convention Programs And Reviewers Is Open
You can now sign up to review or submit a proposal for the 2015 Annual Convention in Tampa! For information on the program timeline, program categories, and resources for reviewers, and suggestions for submitting a good program proposal, click here.More

Innovation Step-by-Step: How To Create & Develop Ideas For Your Challenge
In his new book, Innovation Step-by-Step: How to Create & Develop Ideas for your Challenge (ISBN 10 149928747X), Darin Eich, Ph.D., has created seven simple steps for successful entrepreneurial endeavors. Eich guides readers through thinking through their challenge, solving a problem, or seizing an opportunity on a clear and concise road to success. This 114-page "how to" guide is currently available on Using this link, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to ACPA whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.More

Big Data 101: Colleges Are Hoping Predictive Analytics Can Fix Their Dismal Graduation Rates
Vox by Libby Nelson on July 14, 2014
Welcome to college, freshmen. Now look at the neighbor on your left, and the neighbor on your right. One of the three of you won't be here at graduation. Decades ago, colleges would start off freshmen orientation by pointing out how many students wouldn't succeed. The practice has gone out of style. But the graduation rate has barely budged: less than two-thirds of students who start college ever finish. So the central mystery of higher education remains the same: who will graduate? Who won't? What separates the successes from the dropouts? And how can colleges turn the latter into the former before it's too late?More