Jul. 19, 2012

Penn State Report Shows Limits Of National Campus Crime Law
The Associated Press via The Salt Lake Tribune
For more than two decades, colleges and universities have been required to publicly share details of campus crimes and report murders, rapes, robberies, arson and other serious offenses to the federal government. That requirement was apparently unheeded by former Penn State President Graham Spanier, other top officials and the larger ranks of university employees responsible for student safety, the recently released investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal concluded. The report by former FBI director Louis Freeh found that, outside the campus police department in State College, "awareness and interest" in the federal law known as the Clery Act was "significantly lacking."More

ACPA Wellness Challenge
Want to grow professionally and personally this year? Join the ACPA Wellness Challenge 2012-2013. The program is sponsored by the Commission for Wellness and the Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals. A unique wellness focus with weekly challenges will be featured each week. A few upcoming wellness topics include physical, nutrition, social well-being and work-life balance, and spiritual and mental wellness. To participate, join the ACPA Wellness Challenge Facebook group. Weekly challenges, tips, and resources frequently will be posted here — so keep coming back for more ideas. Feel free to share your own, too. Let's find our better selves this year!More

Register Now: Commission For Student Involvement Webcast
Please join The Commission for Student Involvement for a Webcast on the State of CSI. The Webcast will be held at 1 p.m. EDT July 31. During the presentation, members of the Commission will share reflections and conversations from the CSI leadership team Mid-Year Meeting as well as highlight strategic initiatives for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Commission is very excited to begin to share with you all the energy for the year ahead. Click here to register for the upcoming Webcast . If you have any questions please feel free to contact Darren Pierre.More

ACPA Remembers Michael Baynes
Longtime ACPA member Michael Baynes, died July 6. He was 55. Michael was born May 25, 1957, in Waseca, Minn., to Thomas and Joan (Munsch) Baynes. After high school graduation, he received his undergraduate degree from Winona State University, and spent time working at the Wisconsin Badger Camp before going on to earn his master's degree at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. After earning his masters, he worked at various colleges, but found his home at Saint Catherine University, where he was the associate director of student life on the Minneapolis campus and an adjunct professor. He strongly believed in the potential of his students and was committed to giving them his very best. Michael enjoyed traveling, walking around the lakes of Minneapolis, visiting new restaurants, and had a vast knowledge of classic television. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Michael's message of hope and peace was something he lived, shared, and taught.More

Online College Course Company Coursera Partners With 12 New Universities, Gains Equity Investors
The Huffington Post
Coursera, a company offering online courses from top universities, has quadrupled its partnerships and gained the University of Pennsylvania and California Institute of Technology as equity investors. Nine American universities so far have signed agreements with the company, including California Institute of Technology, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, University of California-San Francisco, University of Illinois, University of Washington and the University of Virginia. Coursera also is expanding internationally to Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, University of Edinburgh and University of Toronto for a total of 16 partners.More

Engage Students In The Upcoming US Elections Through Campus Collaboration
Register here to connect with others to become valuable allies in engaging campuses. Also, if you haven't already, please check out the Campus Election Engagement Project for key engagement tools, including a comprehensive checklist of Six Key Ways to engage your campus.More

Educational Leadership Resources Available Here
Educational Leadership Resources
What role will educational leadership play in shaping society in the next several decades? Without overstating its importance, educational leadership — that term used to categorize the interaction between policy, scholastic administrators, teachers, parents and students — will help determine the economic and political future of America by forming an education system that will prepare the nation's youth to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Setting a national education system on the proper course to do is a complex task. On a macro level, it first begins with research to identify problems in addition to solutions. Perhaps more difficult, it also requires cooperation and coordination among policy-makers, administrators, teachers and parents in the quest to ensure that the youth of America — from kindergarten to college &mdash are being educated to agreed upon standards. On a micro level, however, educational leaders deal with curriculum planning and the details of ensuring that schools and school districts achieve at the nationally prescribed level.More

Study: Facebook Use Does Not Lead to Depression
A study of university students is the first evidence to refute the supposed link between depression and the amount of time spent on Facebook and other social media sites. Researchers led by Lauren Jelenchick and Dr. Megan Moreno surveyed 190 University of Wisconsin-Madison students between the ages of 18 and 23, using a real-time assessment of Internet activity and a validated, clinical screening method for depression.More