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Dec. 22, 2011

3 NJ Universities Seeking Presidents As State Considers Higher Ed Changes
The Associated Press via The Republic
All three of New Jersey's public research universities are now looking for new presidents amid a recommendation that at least two of the schools be reconfigured with the hope of producing more collaborative research. While the openings at the top may put each school in a period of transition that provides an opportunity for a big merger, Gov. Chris Christie said they do not ensure that Rutgers, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey will all be combined into one super-university.More

ACPA Next Generation Registration Now Open
ACPA
The ACPA – College Student Educators International Next Generation conference, a program for undergraduate students considering careers in student affairs, will be held March 24-25, 2012 prior to the Annual Convention. For more information please visit the Next Generation Web site, join the Facebook group, or learn about the Next Generation experience on Tumblr.More

Is Tech the Way to Get Higher Education Back On Track?
Fox Business
It seems everyone is squawking about higher education these days. Tuition costs are spiraling and on top of that, student loan default rates are soaring. Cumulative student loan debt totaled $848 billion on outstanding principal and interest balances for Direct Loans, FFELs (Stafford Loans), and Perkins, according to the National Center for Education Statistics in its most recent report, which doesn't take into account private loans. What's more, experts say students are taking too long to earn a degree. NCES also reports approximately 56 percent of college students are taking six or more years to graduate. But here's the real problem: When students do finally graduate, human resource professionals say they are ill-prepared for workplace demands.More

Register Now: Diversity Student Summit
Diversity Student Summit
The Diversity Student Summit will be hosted by University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island on March 3, 2012. This one-day Summit will dramatically increase student's and staff's level of diversity skills and knowledge in order to be more effective campus leaders. This positive high energy and high impact learning environment features one of the nation's premiere diversity speakers, Dr. Maura Cullen. Go to www.DiversityStudentSummit.com to learn more & see what past attendees have to say about this incredible event!More

CDC Releases National Intimate Partner And Sexual Violence 2010 Summary Report
CDC
On December 14, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control released data from the first National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey conducted in 2010. This annual survey is supported through the CDC, the National Institute of Justice, and the Department of Defense and is designed to provide important national and state-level data to aid in the understanding and prevention of sexual violence and stalking. This is the first study of its kind and holds important information for higher education.More

Florida A&M President To Keep Job While Authorities Probe Hazing Death Of Band Member
The Associated Press via Fox News
Florida A&M University's president will keep his job while authorities investigate the hazing death of a band member. The university's board of trustees rejected a call by Gov. Rick Scott that James Ammons be suspended. "We will stand firm against outside interference, no matter how well intended," Solomon Badger, the FAMU board chairman, said during a board meeting that was held by conference call.More

ACPA Entity Profiles Now More Connected
ACPA
ACPA Commission, Task Force and Standing Committee profiles now include a comprehensive list of their social media channels for easy following and reference. Look for this new feature under the "My Involvement" section ACPA's Member Profile. For additions/modifications to the social media channels on the entity profiles, please submit a support request.More

Economic Recovery Membership Assistance Program
ACPA
This program is specifically for a current or lapsed ACPA member who experienced a job loss. To renew your membership at a reduced rate, download the form here.More

Assessment And Analytics In Institutional Transformation
Educause
Assessment & analytics, supported by information technology, can change institutional culture and drive the transformation in student retention, graduation and success.More

Richard Florida: The Extraordinary Value Of Great Universities
The Atlantic Cities
The United States is home to more than a third of the world's top 400 research universities. But how exactly do universities factor into the wealth, innovation, and economic competitiveness of their host nations? To get at this, The Atlantic Cities looked into the statistical associations between a nation's concentration of leading universities and broader measures of economic competitiveness, innovation, human capital and social well-being.More