Dec. 20, 2012

ACPA Ambassador Program
ACPA Ambassadors are Graduate Students and New Professionals working on campuses across the country to create networking opportunities and expand the knowledge of ACPA. They are the lifeline connecting their institution to ACPA and other institutions across the country. Ambassadors utilize social media such as Facebook and Twitter to get the word out about opportunities within ACPA as well as create connections with people across the country. Ambassadors build and maintain a community within ACPA that focuses on innovative ideas and knowledge sharing. Those interested can find the application here or on our Facebook page. More

A Sober Assessment Of High-Risk Drinking On College Campuses
A few years ago, in the middle of a snowy night, an officer of the Cornell University Police Department found a shirtless young man sitting on a rock in the creek in one of our gorges, dangling his feet in the water. Asked what he thought he was doing, the student explained that he was calling a friend to pick him up. The majority of college students will never drink enough to wind up in a situation like this — or worse — but a significant minority will come close. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholisn, "about half of college student drinkers engage in heavy episodic consumption," commonly defined as downing five or more drinks in a row for men and four or more drinks for women at least once in a two-week period.More

ACPA Foundation: Give Back Today
The ACPA Foundation aspires to be the premier philanthropic organization that promotes, supports, and enhances both student affairs research and educational leadership opportunities for all ACPA's global constituents. The ACPA Foundation can only do this with help and support from each of you. Robin Diana, ACPA Foundation President, challenges everyone to give to help support new research initiatives, new ACPA programs such as the Phyllis Mable New Professionals Institute, and honoring those who have made a difference in our field through the Diamond Honoree program. Participation from all of our members is key. Give $25, or any amount that you can, before the end of the year at Follow the ACPA Foundation on Twitter and Facebook.More

Colleges Asking About Students' Sexual Orientation
CBS MoneyWatch
Why are colleges asking about students' sexual orientation? The Chronicle of Higher Education notes that some schools have started asking if college applicants consider themselves to be part of the so-called "lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender," or LGBT, community. This month the University of Iowa became the first known public university to ask its applicants about their sexual and gender orientation. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology also began asking applicants about their sexual identity in its admission application this year.More

ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention Pre-Convention Workshops Are Open
Registration for all ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention Pre-Convention Workshops, held on Monday, March 4 in Bally's, is open. The workshops are either half-day or full-day sessions. They relate to the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies and/or the critical issues identified by the ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention Planning Team. If you have already registered for the ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention and would like to attend a workshop, you may download and complete the Pre-Convention Workshop Registration Form. This form must be mailed or faxed ( directly to the ACPA International Office.More

Energy Drink Popularity Booms At College Despite Health Concerns
The Washington Post
Acting on a late-night tip, Drew McMillan bounded up to the third floor of James Madison University's Rose Library and found a black filing cabinet with a homemade sign on top: "Test answers." He pulled open a drawer, revealing dozens of cans of Red Bull, a free finals-week gift from the energy company's on-campus promoters. He snapped a photo, posted it on Facebook and tweeted: "Is this real life?" Within minutes, McMillan's phone blew up with texts from friends wanting to know where the stash was. Soon, the library's tables and study rooms were dotted with Red Bull's slim trademark cans.More

Colleges' Concerted Campaign For Ignorance
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Four years ago, Congress passed one of the worst laws in the modern history of higher education. Under the title "Database of Student Information Prohibited," the omnibus 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act barred the Department of Education from creating a "student unit record system, an education bar code system, or any other system that tracks individual students over time." upporters of the provision argued that it would protect student privacy and shield colleges from costly federal regulation. But I believe the real reason was far more selfish and sinister: The national higher-education lobby used the guise of civil liberties to prevent public officials from asking honest questions about what, exactly, taxpayers are getting in exchange for their support. And in the long run, this obstructionism has been tremendously damaging to the cause of higher learning.More

Why Top Colleges Miss Some Great Students
The real crisis in American higher education is that our best colleges never see a large chunk of our smartest students. In an important recent study, the economists Caroline Hoxby and Christopher Avery found that very few high achievers from low-income families ever apply to top colleges, and that the missing applications from these kids largely explain why they're underrepresented at our leading universities.More