Nov. 10, 2011

ACPA Launches A New And Enhanced Online Career Center
Also known as C2, the all-new Career Central focuses on college student educators and higher education at large. Both members and non-members can use Career Central to reach qualified candidates. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to e-mail qualified candidates daily. For job seekers, Career Central is a free service that provides access to employers and jobs in higher education, such as academic affairs, student affairs, and institutional advancement. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse and view available jobs based on their criteria and save those jobs for later review if they choose. Job seekers can also create a search agent to provide e-mail notifications of jobs that match their criteria.More

The Prevention Paradox And A Public Health Approach To College Student Drinking
As part of the new partnership between ACPA and the Healthy Minds Study, co-Principal Investigator Toben Nelson describes a public health perspective on student alcohol use.More

Penn State Students Clash With Police In Unrest After Coach Is Fired
The New York Times
After top Penn State officials announced that they had fired Joe Paterno, thousands of students stormed downtown State College, Pa., to display their anger and frustration, chanting the former coach's name, tearing down light poles and overturning a television news van parked along College Avenue. The demonstrators congregated outside Penn State's administration building before stampeding into the tight grid of downtown streets. They turned their ire on a news van, a symbolic gesture that expressed a view held by many that the news media exaggerated Mr. Paterno's role in the scandal surrounding accusations that a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, sexually assaulted young boys.More

Professionals Debate Quality Of Online Education
U.S. News & World Report
In recent years, online education has become increasingly popular at colleges and universities across the country. According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, about 5.6 million people took at least one web-based class in the fall 2009 semester. This marked a 21 percent increase from the year before, compared to a 2 percent growth in overall higher education during this time frame. As online education establishes itself as an important part of higher education, many academic professionals have discussed whether or not it can give students the same academic results as campus-based learning.More

First-time Convention Attendee? Scholarships Available Now
Every year, the Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals (SCGSNP) is proud to offer a scholarship to help full-time graduate students attend their first ACPA Annual Convention. Benefits of the scholarship include:

•Scholarship of up to $300 ($100 cost of Early-bird Convention Registration and up to $200 toward travel and hotel costs)
•A convention mentor who is a current SCGNSP member Introduction to ACPA through attendance at all SCGSNP meetings at the Convention & the Convention Colleagues program
•A published article (post-convention) in the SCGSNP newsletter, The Eighth Vector

For more information and an application, go to this Webpage.More

Opinion: A Troubling Milestone For Higher Education
New America Foundation (blog)
According a recent U.S. Department of Education report, higher education has reached a troubling milestone: the country’s public and private four-year colleges are now spending a greater share of their institutional aid dollars on trying to attract the students they desire than on meeting the financial need of the low- and moderate-income students they enroll. The report from the Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics provides the clearest picture to date of how colleges, under the sway of enrollment management consultants, have fundamentally changed the way they spend their institutional aid dollars, to the detriment of low-income students.More

Apply Now To Recognize Excellence In Admissions, Orientation, And First Year Experience
The ACPA Commission on Admissions, Orientation, and First Year Experience (AOFYE) is sponsoring two opportunities for advancing scholarship and recognizing excellence in admissions, orientation, and first year experience. The first is a $500 grant to promote original, descriptive, or evaluative research; philosophical studies; or institutional assessment or evaluation on issues surrounding AOFYE. Second, ACPA members are encouraged to nominate undergraduate and graduate students, new and experienced professionals, innovative projects/programs, or collaborative initiatives demonstrating excellence in AOFYE. Institutions may submit only one nomination per category. The deadline for grant applications and award nominations is November 14, 2011.More

The Council For The Advancement Of Standards (CAS) Shares New Resources
Have you checked out the resources for the Council on the Advancement of Standards yet? If not, you should. The resources page has a wealth of information including presentations, trainings, videos, bibliography, assessment links, and a list of consultants.More

ACPA Past President Profile: Esther Lloyd-Jones
Esther MacDonald Lloyd-Jones served as ACPA's seventh president. She co-authored the Student Personnel Point of View, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2012. Lloyd-Jones was a scholar, educator, and change agent in student affairs whose legacy is best known for her service to student affairs in her role as a mentor and professor at Teachers College.More

Apply Now For The Interfaith Leadership Institute (ILI)
Whether your campus pioneered interfaith programming or you're just getting started, attending ILI is a powerful way to support your students. While you're there, you will have the opportunity to plug into and learn from a national network of staff and faculty who are committed to making interfaith cooperation a reality on their campuses. Gather a delegation from your campus, and apply now to join us for the next ILI at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia — January 12-15, 2012.More

Opinion: Winds Of Economic Change Blow Away College Degree
Bloomberg News via San Francisco Chronicle
Many parents in the U.S. are legitimately concerned about the prospects for their college-age children. After all, today's students face three overlapping challenges: a long-term structural shift as the world's effective labor supply expands; rising tuition and growing concerns about the quality of public higher education; and the misfortune of graduating into a weak labor market.More