Nov. 13, 2014

Sign Up Now For ACPA's Virtual Career Fair
Please join us for our first ever Student Affairs Virtual Career Fair on February 17, 2015. This is a convenient way for employers and candidates to interact and discuss new openings before meeting face-to-face. Registration is free for all candidates, and for all employers who post positions with Career Central at Convention by January 16, 2015. Sign up today!More

In Battle To Stop Sexual Assault, Young Men Emerge As Allies
The Christian Science Monitor
At noon on a Monday this past April, Alex Stepanek and some of his brothers from Sigma Phi Epsilon set up a big seesaw in front of the student union at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. For 24 hours, they took turns tipping up and down to draw attention to their yearly Sexual Assault Awareness Week events and their giant jar to collect money for a local crisis shelter. "The biggest response we get is, 'You guys are a fraternity. Why are you doing Sexual Assault Awareness Week?'" says Mr. Stepanek, now a junior. "Someone thought that we were making a joke out of it ... and we just explained [that] victims of sexual assault don't stop being affected by the event ... so the least we can do is seesaw for 24 hours."More

Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., Will Be Inaugurated As The Tenth President Of Black Hills State University
The faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Black Hills State University invite community members to join the celebration of the inauguration of Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the BHSU campus. Jackson is the tenth president of BHSU.More

Move Over MOOCs — Collaborative MOOC 2.0 Is Coming
University World News
Massive open online courses — MOOCs — offered by top universities have expanded worldwide over the last three years, gaining students globally for courses designed in the United States and elsewhere and disseminated globally on platforms like Coursera, edX and the British-based FutureLearn. Their spread has the potential to disrupt the model of bricks-and-mortar universities each with their own courses — a theme much discussed in academia. But a new type of MOOC — dubbed MOOC 2.0 — could even disrupt the way courses are devised, altering the top-down university designed curriculum and the professor-to-student course structure that is still part of the MOOC model.More

Read Member Of The Week Rachel Aho's Story
When I think back to moments that helped solidify my commitment and dedication to student affairs, ACPA often comes to mind. Whether through NextGen, the graduate ambassador program, or commission work, ACPA has afforded me a voice and an affirming community in all stages of my career thus far.More

See How Colleges Have Changed In 3 Years
U.S. News & World Report
Year to year, it's hard to see how schools and college campuses change. Even though the K-12 student population is now "majority-minority," it's not as though teachers and students will notice a stark difference in classrooms between June and September. But the change is there, and colleges are beginning to see their student populations shift as well. Provisional data released by the Department of Education this week shows the Hispanic student population at four-year colleges has grown by more than 20 percent since 2010. While Hispanic students still make up just 7.2 percent of all undergraduates attending four-year and two-year schools, and 12.3 percent of all four-year college students, the number is growing faster than any other racial or ethnic group. More

Reflections On The Second Global Summit On Student Affairs And Services
Last month, I had the great fortune of representing ACPA at the Second Global Summit on Student Affairs and Services in Rome, Italy. It was a terrific opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world, and Rome was a fantastic venue. The meeting was organized by the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS), NASPA, and the European University College Association (EUCA).More

Colleges Could Improve Counseling
The Columbia Chronicle
As the number of young adults enrolling in higher education continues to rise, the need for colleges to provide adequate services for students with mental illness has increased. Like most institutions, Columbia offers various forms of counseling to its students. The office of Counseling Services provides them with a maximum of 10 free individual sessions per academic year and an unlimited number of group therapy sessions. Although Columbia does offer those services, they can be better advertised to students, and the number of sessions provided is inadequate to truly help a student struggling with mental ills.More

The Standing Committee For Graduate Students And New Professions Faculty-In-Residence Fall Call In Show Today
The Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professions is hosting a FREE call in show hosted by our Faculty-In-Residence, Drs. Dan Calhoun and Jason Laker. The call in show will take place on Thursday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST. Register. Please contact Kate Adams Colyer with any questions at

Best Colleges For Veterans Included In 2015 Best Colleges Rankings
U.S. News University Connection
U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Colleges rankings includes a separate listing for veteran-friendly schools. Called Best Colleges for Veterans, its purpose is to help veterans find top-ranked institutions where they can make the most of their education benefits and military experience. The rankings are available now on and

Commission On Admission, Orientation And First Year Experience Research Grant Competition
The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and ACPA's Commission on Admission, Orientation and First Year Experience (AOFYE) invite applicants for their 2014 Research Grant Competition. The joint $500 grant will be awarded to the application that promotes original, descriptive, or evaluative research; philosophical studies; or institutional assessment or evaluation on issues surrounding admissions, orientation, and/or the first-year experience. View the information and selection criteria. Deadline for application is December 1, 2014.More

The Standing Committee For Graduate Students And New Professionals Awards
The Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals offers annual, quarterly, and monthly awards for upcoming and new professionals in our field! Please consider nominating someone! Convention Awards: There are 6 Convention Awards that we award every year. Find the nomination form. Nominations are due by Friday, November 28. Program of the Month: The nomination form is here. The next submission date is December 19, 2014. The FreshMaker Award: The nomination form with details is here, with the next nomination due date being Friday, November 14. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Speer at!More

The Commission For Student Involvement (CSI) Is Now Accepting Awards And Research Grant Applications
The Commission for Student Involvement (CSI) is excited to announce we are now accepting awards and research grant applications. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize, empower, and celebrate those you respect, admire and value for their continued commitment to the student involvement experience as well as continue significant research in areas of student involvement! Nominate your deserving colleague, staff member, mentor or even yourself online by November 17th 5pm, EST. The nomination process is really easy! Awards and research grants will be presented at the 2015 Convention in Tampa. Click here for more information about the specific awards and to submit nominations! Questions, contact Brandon Kurzweg, Awards Coordinator, at for more information. For questions regarding the Research Awards, contact Alex C. Lange, Vice-Chair for Research, at

#HigherEdLive Diversity: Rhetoric To Reality On Wednesday, November 19th At 1:00pm ET
Ask 10 people for a definition of diversity and you may get ten different answers. When values and concepts are difficult to define, measuring them can be elusive. At a recent B1G, PAC10, BIG12 union and activities directors conference, Marsha Herman-Betzen, the Executive Director for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), shared the association's recent Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) report which looked at specific indicators and made recommendations toward improving D&I efforts. The tool used was adapted from the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World and outlines 280 benchmarks that describe poor, medium and excellent standards. More