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First ACPA Convention to be Held Outside of the United States
ACPA
The ACPA Governing Board voted unanimously to hold its first annual convention in Montreal, Canada in 2016. This will be the first time in ACPA’s 92-year history that an ACPA Annual Convention is held outside of the United States. Plans to consistently adopt a more global approach to professional development for its approximately 7,500 individual members from 1,200 institutions of higher/tertiary education in 21 countries have been in the works for more than a decade.
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
Feb. 7 |  Webinar: Universal Design in Student Affairs & Higher
Feb. 11-12 |  A Veteran Symposium for Higher Education
Feb. 13 |  Webinar: Teaching about Race and Racism from an Intersectional Perspective
Feb. 14 |  The New C3 Webcast: Networking: Maximizing the Convention Experience & Developing Job Search Connections
Feb. 20 |  The New C3 Webcast: Can I Live and Work Here: Navigating the Campus Visit
Feb. 27 |  The New C3 Webcast: WebcastMoney Talk: Evaluating the Job Offer & Salary Negotiation
Mar. 3-4 |  2013 Next Generation Conference (Undergraduates only)
Mar. 4-7 |  ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Annual Convention
April 3-5 |  Alcohol Policy 16


Freshmen Students Say Rankings Aren't Key Factor In College Choice
U.S. News & World Report
Once more, the largest and longest running survey of new U.S. college students refutes the often-stated belief by many in higher education that the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings are the primary factor in the average student's choice of college. That conclusion comes from the University of California — Los Angeles's just-released survey, "The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2012." This year's data is based on the responses of 192,912 first-year students at 238 U.S. four-year colleges and universities who entered college in fall 2012.
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NIRSA Workshop: Wellness for Life: The Healthy Campus Approach
ACPA
NIRSA's preconference workshop titled "Wellness for Life: The Healthy Campus Approach" is full and they are no longer accepting registrations. If you are interested in participating in any of the remaining preconference workshops, please visit the website.
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Universities Turn To Tumblr To Reach Prospective Students
TIME
Back when planking was sweeping the Internet, encouraging people everywhere to photograph themselves lying flat in odd places, students at the University of Chicago were cooking up a meme of their own. Crouching down bowlegged, raising their arms like claws and sticking out their tongues, they were phoenixing — posing like the phoenix in the university's official seal.
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Drinking Among College Freshmen Hits Record Low, Major Survey Finds (Yahoo News)
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Council For The Advancement Of Standards (CAS) In Higher Education News
ACPA
CAS has appointed Marybeth Drechsler Sharp as Executive Director and approved the revised Standards for Master's Level Student Affairs Professional Preparation Programs.
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Several Campuses Are Disrupted By Outage In Course-Management Systems
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Course-management systems have become crucial to the everyday operations of colleges so gradually that many users may not think about it all that much. That is, until the lights go out. A number of institutions had a rude awakening this week, when Desire2Learn, which makes a course-management system used by many colleges, saw what one top official described as the biggest malfunction in the company’s history.
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Webinar: Balance And Wellness For Residence Life Professionals
ACPA
The Commission for Housing & Residential Life invites you to register for Balance and Wellness for Residence Life Professionals on February 19, 2013 2:00 PM EST. Professionals in Housing and Residential Life are known for their dedication to the student experience. This dedication however, often leads to many work related late nights and weekend activities. Join the Commission for Housing and Residential Life to learn more about personal and professional balance, as well as how to create a plan for your wellness. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. Register!
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Social College Students May Receive Higher Grades
U.S. News & World Report
In college, some students like to find a quiet spot on campus and study alone, while others prefer to prepare for an upcoming exam with a few classmates. Based on the results of a new study, those who are more comfortable studying and completing course work with their peers may do a lot better academically than those who work in solitude, according to a press release from the University of California, San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering.

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StudentAdvisor Ranks Top 100 Social Media Colleges
StudentAdvisor
The University of Kentucky not only won the NCAA 2012 title but also ranked No. 7 in the Spring 2012 Top 100 Social Media Colleges list. To gain better insight into The University of Kentucky's social media winning formula, how the social media elements of their "see blue" admissions marketing campaign became a movement and how UK makes social media rule during the sports seasons, Student Advisor spoke exclusively to Whitney Hale, social media guru at the University of Kentucky.

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Drinking Among College Freshmen Hits Record Low, Major Survey Finds
Yahoo News
The U.S. economy may be on the mend, but that hasn't stopped it from influencing a generation in an unexpected way: For the first time ever, an annual survey of college freshman has found that first-year students are more focused on their job prospects than their party plans. According to the "2012 Freshman Norms report," conducted by UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program each year since 1966, only 33 percent of college freshman reported drinking beer in 2012, down from 35.4 percent in 2011 and far lower than the 73.7 percent who were knocking back drinks in 1982, when many of their own parents were in college.

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Social College Students May Receive Higher Grades
U.S. News & World Report
In college, some students like to find a quiet spot on campus and study alone, while others prefer to prepare for an upcoming exam with a few classmates. Based on the results of a new study, those who are more comfortable studying and completing course work with their peers may do a lot better academically than those who work in solitude, according to a press release from the University of California, San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering.
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The 3rd Annual Big 10 Summer Institute
ACPA
This year's Institute will feature two courses and will meet in Iowa City for a residency May 21-24. A virtual meeting will take place on May 5th. The first course for the 2013 Institute is "Accessing and Analyzing National Data in Postsecondary Education" and will be taught by Professors Terrell Strayhorn (Ohio State University) and Paul Umbach (North Carolina State University). Information on the second course will be forthcoming. Students enrolled in the 2011 and 2012 Institute courses described their experiences as simultaneously unique, fun, exhausting, exhilarating, and something they'd definitely recommend to their friends. We are expecting more of the same for 2013.
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Study Says Many College Students Underemployed After Graduation
NPR
A new study reports that nearly half of college graduates are working as sales clerks, waiters, janitors and other jobs that don't require a college degree. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with Dr. Richard Vedder, co-author of the study.
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Obituary: Daniello G Balon
ACPA
It is with much sadness that we share the passing of Daniello G. Balon, who passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Dan was a trailblazer and an activist, as well as, a member of ACPA's Asia Pacific Network — Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs. APAN would not exist were it not for his grassroots efforts and building a community from within.
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