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Nov. 7, 2013

Nominate A Colleague For An ACPA Award
ACPA
Our members play a pivotal role in recognizing the work of those who help to shape our profession. Please take the time to nominate a colleague for one of the ACPA Awards. All members of ACPA are eligible to nominate or be nominated for these awards. Award descriptions can be found here. Most of these awards have a common deadline of Nov. 15, 2013.More

States With The Most And Least Affordable Colleges
USA Today
Average in-state tuition at public four-year universities rose by just 2.9% this year, the smallest increase in more than three decades, according to data released last week by College Board. When adjusted for inflation, it has barely increased at all. In the current school year, the average cost of tuition and fees at a public, four-year institution for an in-state student is $8,093. At a private four-year university, tuition and fees are more than $30,000. With the cost of tuition for private universities still astronomically high, more students may be opting to attend a public school within their home state.More

Last Chance To Submit Your Theme Ideas For The 2015 Annual Convention
ACPA
The Steering Team for the 2015 ACPA Annual Convention will meet this month and is interested in feedback from our membership regarding the convention theme and issues of focus. What issues critically impact your work? Are there trends emerging in the profession that you would like to explore further? In what ways can this Convention provide the ultimate professional development experience for you and your colleagues? We invite you to help shape the 2015 Annual Convention by completing this brief questionnaire to provide your ideas and reflections regarding the convention theme. You may also share your suggestions on Twitter using the hashtag #ACPA15. Please share your suggestions by tomorrow Friday, November 8. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Carlton, Marketing & Communications Chair for the 2015 ACPA Annual Convention, at anc46@georgetown.edu. More

Access To Higher Education Must Be A Global Priority
University World News
The giants of the access movement are growing old and are beginning to retire. It is time for the next generation to take responsibility for the promotion and proliferation of post-secondary education as a universal opportunity, to take up the battle for education as a public good, a public responsibility and an inalienable human right. The evidence at two major events in international education recently showed that the student movement is ready and able to take up the challenge.More

College Students Are Constantly Texting In Class, Study Finds
The Huffington Post
The professors who ban students from using a laptop in class may have a point. The average college student checks their cell phone 11 times a day while in class, a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study finds, and only eight percent say they never look at their mobile device while they should be paying attention to their instructor. More

10 Colleges With The Highest Rate Of Student Internships
U.S. News & World Report
It's a tough job market for recent college graduates. Of the workers who graduated from college in the past two years, 41 percent say they are underemployed and working in jobs that do not require their college degrees, according to a 2013 survey from Accenture, a consulting company. More

How College Health Centers Help Students Succeed
Forbes
Of all the dramatic changes in higher education in recent years, one that goes largely unnoticed is the tremendous growth in the mission, services, and facilities of health centers. Decades ago most colleges and universities believed their only responsibility for student health was to set up a clinic to treat the sick and injured. More

Apply Today For The Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute
ACPA
MMI features a dynamic curriculum focused on identifying the complexities facing higher education and the student affairs profession and opportunities to strengthen capacities, expand resources, develop networks, deepen agency, and learn more in order to affect positive change for self, others and organizations. Session topics include organizational cultures, supervision, authentic leadership, multicultural competencies, leadership and ethics, communication and difficult dialogues, and organizational and transition management. The application deadline is this Friday, November 8! Click here for more information and to complete your application today!More

ADHD Drug Abuse Rises On College Campuses
KGW-TV
College students are taking ADHD drugs that aren't theirs just to help them stay up and study. They called it a "shortcut to success." But some doctors said there are serious consequences and colleges are having to crack down. Unit 8 discovered how Oregon universities are taking action. College students said buying the prescription Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder drugs is about as easy as buying books in the bookstore.More

Student Affairs In Higher Education Remembers ACPA Member David DeCoster
ACPA
David DeCoster served as vice president for Student Affairs at IUP from 1985–1994 and then as professor in the Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education until his retirement in 1999. DeCoster was a respected and committed educator and administrator who established a renowned national reputation resulting from his scholarly contributions, his work in professional associations, and numerous consulting relationships.More

College Students Are Constantly Texting In Class, Study Finds
The Huffington Post
The professors who ban students from using a laptop in class may have a point. The average college student checks their cell phone 11 times a day while in class, a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study finds, and only eight percent say they never look at their mobile device while they should be paying attention to their instructor. When they are looking at their phone, 86 percent said in the survey they're texting. Two-thirds admitted to checking email or social networks in class either on their mobile device or laptop. A majority — 55 percent — said they did this out of boredom. Broadcasting professor Bernard McCoy surveyed 777 students at six universities in five states for the study. It was published in October in the Journal of Media Education.More

The Journal Of The First-Year Experience & Students In Transition Now Accepting Nominations
ACPA
The Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition is currently accepting nominations (including self-nominations) for members of the editorial review board. Editorial review board members serve a three-year term (January 2014 – December 2016); hold advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent preferred); have a minimum of five years’ experience in higher education; are affiliated with an accredited college or university; and have expertise in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research design and analysis. Individuals who meet these qualifications are invited to submit a letter of intent and CV to Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr., Editor, at paul.gore@utah.edu. The deadline for receipt of completed nomination packages is December 1, 2013.More

Building Students' 'Cultural Capital'
Inside Higher Ed
Students who are the first in their families to attend college face a set of disadvantages in terms of college enrollment, persistence and graduation — a vexing problem, to be sure, since virtually nothing can be done retroactively to change their demographic realities. But are there attributes that commonly flow from being a first-generation college student that colleges can address?More

ACPA Higher Education Webinar Series
ACPA
The next installment in the ACPA Higher Education Webinar Series, "Triumph During Tragedy: Survival Strategies After a Student Death" will be presented on Wednesday, November 13th at 2:00pm ET. Student affairs educators often enter the field of student affairs in order to help others. However, both the realities of facing a student’s death and managing its aftermath are seldom a part of the training of student affairs professionals. This Webinar illuminates the experiences of faculty, senior administrators, mid-level professionals, and entry-level staff as they discuss navigating the complex issues raised by a student death. Click here to register.More