Dec. 15, 2011

Leadership And Career Field Studies By Disney
Disney Youth Programs
Disney Youth Education Series: College Edition field studies are designed to spotlight career opportunities and teach the proven management skills that are practiced by the Walt Disney Company. These one-of-a-kind experiences in leadership training reinforce professional skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration. Go here to learn more about these value-priced field studies available to college student groups of 10 or more participants.More

A Campus Perspective: 'Occupy' And The Crisis In Higher Education
University of California at Berkeley
The fall semester proved a particularly difficult time for UC Berkeley as the campus community braced for more cuts in state funding and students occupied Sproul Plaza to make their voices heard in defense of public education. With the prospect of further budget cuts looming as the year draws to a close, we look ahead to 2012.More

Give A Gift Of ACPA Membership For This Holiday Season
Sign up a colleague or friend today! Various membership levels are available for purchase as a gift. Download the Give a Gift Membership application.More

Get More Involved With ACPA
Looking for new ways to get more involved? ACPA proudly presents two new task forces: the Task Force for Alumni Relations and Development and the Task Force on Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Join today.More

Lawmaker Targets 'Lavish' CEO Pay At For-Profit Colleges
Executive pay at for-profit colleges is being investigated by the ranking member of a congressional oversight committee, who said "lavish" compensation at the schools bears little relationship to academic well-being. U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent letters asking to see pay agreements from 13 companies. Cummings cited a 2010 Bloomberg article that showed executives at the 15 U.S. publicly traded colleges received compensation that exceeded traditional colleges and collected $2 billion from selling stock over the previous seven years.More

Apply Now For The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Dissertation Fellowship
In this second year, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award four fellowships of up to $25,000 to support advanced doctoral candidates in a variety of fields, including education and the social sciences. All candidates must have successfully completed all pre-dissertation requirements, including defense of their dissertation proposals. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation assists high-achieving low-income students, from middle school to graduate school, in reaching their full potential through education. Dissertation fellowships are available for doctoral candidates who are researching the populations of students served by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in order to advance understanding of the factors and contexts that help low-income students to overcome personal adversity and challenging socioeconomic circumstances to excel academically. The application and other materials must be submitted by February 3, 2012. Recipients will be notified in May 2012.More

Best Practices In Leadership Development: New Publication
Root Down & Branch Out: Best Practices for Leadership Development Programs is a new book due out in 2012 for student affairs professionals. This book is designed to enhance your programs and student development practice. It is grounded in research and interviews with over 60 Higher Ed leadership program students, teachers, staff, and alums. Many ACPA members helped in multiple ways with this project from the research phase to selecting a title. There is a free pre-release sampler version of the book available for ACPA members that contains some of the key chapters, charts, assessments, and program innovation worksheets. You can sign up and download it here.More

Can Obama Deliver On His College Affordability Promises?
The Huffington Post
When Joe Biden traveled to Neptune Beach, Fla., with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to host a town hall on college affordability, groups of students lined the palm-shaded streets, cheering as the motorcade blew by. On his way out of Fletcher High School, Biden even stopped for a group of effusive fourth graders. But Abby Pugh, a junior at Fletcher, had more questions than unmitigated enthusiasm for the vice president. Pugh's concerns over the federal government's ability to leverage systemic change in college affordability echo broader questions about the Obama administration's higher education policy.More

California Community Colleges Face $102 Million In Cuts
The Fresno Bee
California community college students will face a 28 percent fee increase next summer after lawmakers had to slash hundreds of millions of dollars from higher education. Gov. Jerry Brown announced $1 billion in midyear cuts to higher education, K-12 education, child care, senior services and other state-funded programs, triggered by the budget plan lawmakers passed this year. Community colleges will lose $102 million, a blow to the system's already strained budget that will trim courses, diminish student services and could lead to staff layoffs.More

New Joint Federal Guidance Will Lead To Increased Diversity In Schools, Improve Education
American Civil Liberties Union
New guidance from the Department of Education and Department of Justice issued to school districts across the country explains how schools, colleges, and universities can, through voluntary policies, permissibly consider the race of students in carefully constructed plans to promote diversity and reduce racial isolation.More

More Colleges Offering Tuition Breaks
Fox Business
Recognizing the tight financial situation many American students and their families are facing, a growing number of private and public colleges are offering discounted tuition in an effort to attract more students. Matthew Greene, educational director at Howard Greene and Associates, explains that some public universities are offering tuition discounts, but private colleges make up the majority of those providing incentives to get students to enroll.More