Nov. 20, 2014

PHA And ACPA Announce Healthier Campus Initiative At American Public Health Association Conference
NEW ORLEANS, LA—Sunday, November 16, 2014, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier, announced its Healthier Campus Initiative. The first-of-its-kind effort encourages commitments with colleges and universities to make their campuses healthier by adopting guidelines around food and nutrition, physical activity and programming. More

Why So Many College Students Never Graduate
NBC News
A decade ago, then-18-year-old Sophia Stoll resolved that she wanted to go away for college. The working-class New Yorker enrolled in a private Catholic university outside of Pittsburgh, but by her junior year, she'd realized that the media and technology program didn't suit her goals. Stoll dropped out, worked odd jobs for a year back home, then transferred to SUNY-Fredonia. But she ended up suffering from extreme anxiety, she says, and withdrew after a semester.More

Read Member Of The Week Danielle Reid's Story
My current role in student affairs can be attributed to my association with ACPA. I first became a member when I was a graduate student and in need of professional support through my job search process. It was in attending the 2012 national conference that I not only found support and resources, but also placement in my current role as Assistant Director of Student Activities at Bellarmine University. The C3 environment provided me with experience and skills in communicating my philosophy of higher education and strengths as student affairs professional. More

Number Of International College Students Continues To Climb
U.S. News & World Report
The U.S. enrolled a record-breaking number of international students during the 2013-2014 school year, welcoming 886,052 undergraduate and graduate students to colleges and universities throughout the country, according to a report released today. Students from overseas now make up about 4 percent of all university students in the U.S., which hosts more of the world's 4.5 million international students than any other country, according to the 2014 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, an annual survey of study abroad trends by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. More

ACPA Foundation Diamond Honoree Class
It's time for ACPA members to support the research, scholarship and professional development of our field by celebrating the ACPA Foundation Diamond Honoree Class of 2015! We encourage all ACPA members to visit the Diamond Honoree website to meet the Class of 2015 and make donations in their honor. All donors will be invited to a special reception at the ACPA 2015 Convention in Tampa, FL. Questions about the Diamond Honoree Program can be directed to Dr. Keith Humphrey at

How Much Does Sexual Assault Cost College Students Every Year?
The Washington Post
In 2008, Wagatwe Wanjuki reported to her school, Tufts, that her boyfriend had repeatedly assaulted her. But the college refused to investigate the claim. The stress of the abuse and institutional betrayal took a toll on her grades, but without the school's support she could not afford the tutoring she needed. Tufts then expelled Wanjuki for her substandard academic performance in 2009. (Tufts declined to comment on Wanjuki's experience, citing confidentiality laws.) No longer enrolled as a student, Wanjuki's student debt continued to accrue. Years later, she transferred to Rutgers University. Now a prominent anti-violence activist (and friend of mine), she graduated in August with a degree in sociology. But she also has more than $100,000 in debt from two schools.More

Journals In The Field of Higher Education: A Racial Analysis
Donald Mitchell, Jr., Ph.D. recently conducted a study surveying race and its inclusion in journals in the field of higher education (over a three year period) and JCSD ranked as the most inclusive. Abstract: Too often, scholarship regarding the concept of race in the United States is absent from top-tier journals across fields. Yet, at some institutions, faculty, including scholars who explore race, are required to publish in top-tier journals to secure tenure. This article highlights the extent to which journals—of all tiers—within the field of higher education publish articles explicitly highlighting race in the study.More

Report: Students Read Way Below Level That Prepares Them For College, Careers
The Christian Science Monitor
American students are reading more nonfiction, but not as much as Common Core standards recommend, and their reading tends to be far less challenging than it should be to prepare them for college or careers. That's one take-away from the latest "What Kids Are Reading" report from Renaissance Learning. The organization tracks the reading habits of some 10 million US students at all grade levels through its Accelerated Reader program, in which students record and take quizzes about books they read, both independently and as assigned reading.More

The Standing Committee For Graduate Students And New Professionals Is Now Accepting Applications For The ACPA Ambassador Position
ACPA Ambassadors work to connect their home institutions to ACPA. The Ambassadors participate in a number of networking and other professional development opportunities throughout the experience and are able to connect with other young professionals participating in the program as well as ACPA leadership. Applications for our Spring 2015 cohort are due on December 12, 2014. Please visit our website for more information.More

Number Of Academic Refugees Grows
The New York Times
Their stories are grim. A Syrian engineer escapes the country after being detained and tortured by government forces. A writer and human rights activist flees Greece following threats from members of a far-right political group. In Thailand, a military coup forces an outspoken anthropologist to seek refuge abroad. Intellectual dissidents have long faced political persecution and violence. But in recent years, the dangers facing them and universities in troubled regions have reached a crisis point. More

Developments Twitter Chat — November 25
Join us on November 25 at 12pm EDT for a Twitter chat with guest author will be Tonisha Lane discussing the article from the summer issue: Parallels Between the Case of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and the Black Male College Experience. We will use the hashtag #ACPADevChat, and Editor @PEatonLa will moderate.More