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ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention Regular Registration Rates End Today
ACPA
Join your ACPA colleagues in Las Vegas March 4-7 as we collocate our annual convention with NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation. Early Registration ends February 21, 2013.
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
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
June 13-23 |  Ecuador Higher Education Study Tour
June 26-28 |  2013 Student Affairs Assessment Institute


Panel Outlines Strategies To Promote Educational Equity
Diverse Issues in Higher Education
A blue-ribbon federal advisory panel outlined an ambitious plan to combat achievement gaps, focusing on improved teacher preparation and a stronger education and support services pipeline to help meet the needs of high-poverty students. The Equity and Excellence Commission concluded its two-year effort with a report with five key recommendations to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Commission Co-chair Mariano-Florentino Cuellar called the report "unprecedented," since all members agreed to the final plan.
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ACPA Town Hall Meeting — Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 10:15-11:45 a.m., Bally's Skyview 4
ACPA
All ACPA members are invited to participate in the annual ACPA Town Hall Meeting. This interactive session engages the membership in active conversation about the direction and priorities of ACPA. Participants will meet ACPA leaders and International Office staff, learn more about how ACPA is organized to deliver benefits to membership, have an opportunity to provide input on new initiatives, and network with colleagues. We hope you will attend!
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Scorecard Guides Prospective Students With College Choices
NPR
President Barack Obama has already checked off one item on his State of the Union list of priorities, and that's providing an online scorecard for prospective college students. That scorecard is aimed at helping students figure out how much the schools they want to attend will actually cost. The Department of Education launched the scorecard yesterday on its website. That information is something many college applicants want as they face rising tuition and the potentially stifling debt that goes along with it.
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    Higher Education Trends: MOOCs, Tablets, Gamification And Wearable Tech (MindShift)
Does Student Affairs Need A Technology MOOC? #saMOOC (Inside Higher Ed)
College Leaders: Focus On Ensuring Students Get Degrees (The Washington Post)
Digital Devices Invade Campus, And Networks Feel The Strain (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
College Health Plans Respond As Transgender Students Gain Visibility (The New York Times)

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ACPA Think Tank On Civil Discourse
ACPA
During Keith Humphrey's presidential address at the ACPA 2012 Louisville Convention, he announced the creation of a student affairs think tank to ensure that ACPA and student affairs lead the efforts to model civil discourse. Stephen Quaye (Miami University, Ohio) led a group to discern how faculty and student affairs educators can both model and improve civil discourse among themselves and college students. Participants in this group also included Aeriel A. Anderson (Dartmouth College, New Hampshire), Keri DeJong (University of Massachusetts Amherst), and Matthew R. Johnson (Central Michigan University). The meeting first took place in December 2012 in Oxford, Ohio.
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White House Releases College Cost Website
The Associated Press via ABC News
The White House is releasing a website designed to help college-bound students have a better sense of how much their education will cost and how much they can expect to pay in student loans. President Barack Obama promised the tool during his State of the Union speech and education department officials published the data the next day. On the website, potential students and their parents can see a typical student's out-of-pocket costs, as well as what percentage of students graduate.
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SustainU's oneShirt Challenge
ACPA
The oneShirt Challenge educates colleges and communities about the benefits of textile recycling and this year the Earth Week event partners with Planet Aid to turn those donations into cash. Planet Aid will provide textile collection bins, weighing, pick-up and up to 5 cents per pound of clothing for any school participating in the nationwide clothing drive. Schools can find more information or register.
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Panel Outlines Strategies To Promote Educational Equity
Diverse Issues in Higher Education
A blue-ribbon federal advisory panel outlined an ambitious plan to combat achievement gaps, focusing on improved teacher preparation and a stronger education and support services pipeline to help meet the needs of high-poverty students. The Equity and Excellence Commission concluded its two-year effort with a report with five key recommendations to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Commission Co-chair Mariano-Florentino Cuellar called the report "unprecedented," since all members agreed to the final plan.

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College Freshmen In California Could Be Asked To Declare Sexual Orientation
ABC News
College freshman entering the University of California system next year could be asked to identify themselves as gay, straight, bi or transgender when they accept their admissions offer. The system's Academic Senate initiated the proposal, which would add an additional question to the statements of intent students fill out when deciding to go to the University of California. The statements already include a host of identifiers such as race, gender and ethnicity.

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10 Colleges With The Most Students In Fraternities
U.S. News & World Report
Although the movie "Animal House" and its comedic portrayal of Greek life on campus was at least partially based on Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, some of the top schools for fraternities are actually based in Tennessee. The Volunteer State is evidently hospitable to formal brotherhood societies, as it is home to two of the top five schools in the nation for percentage of fraternity enrollment. Dartmouth, where 48 percent of male students enrolled in fraternities in fall 2011, is 10th on the top 10 list.

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ACPA Awards Luncheon Tickets
ACPA
Tickets are still available for the ACPA Awards Luncheon at ACPA Las Vegas 2013 Convention. Join us as we recognize outstanding colleagues who have had a positive impact on higher education. Purchase tickets while registering online for Convention, or contact Aleasha Mayo at 202.835.2272 to add tickets to your order. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase on-site at the Registration Desk.
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Too Much 'Merit Aid' Requires No Merit
The Chronicle of Higher Education
On June 9, 1904, Harvard's president, Charles W. Eliot, wrote a letter to Charles Francis Adams Jr. A former railroad executive, Adams was a member of the college's Board of Overseers and, as a grandson of John Quincy Adams, a multigenerational Harvard legacy. The two men were quarreling over the question of raising tuition to ease a financial crisis. Wrote Eliot: "... You wanted the College open to young men who had either money or brains. ... I want to have the College open equally to men with much money, little money, or no money, provided they all have brains. ... I am inclined to think that you would be more tolerant than I of the presence of stupid sons of the rich."
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ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention Shipping Labels
ACPA
Shipping labels can be found on the FAQs section of our Convention Web site. The labels found on the Web site are for Advanced Shipment. Materials arriving after February 25, 2013 are subject to additional charges. Please fill in all necessary fields clearly and legibly to ensure appropriate delivery.
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Grade Grudge Or What Ever Happened To The Honestly Earned C?
Psychology Today
By now, you have probably heard about the former graduate student who tried to sue her university for "lost income" attributed to a C+ grade in a class. The grade she received prevented her from receiving the degree she sought — she had to settle for another degree that she claims has less earning power. She lost the lawsuit but made headlines everywhere — not sure if this notoriety is a source of pride, shame or embarrassment.
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Commission For Global Dimensions Of Student Development Webinar
ACPA
Join the Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development for a webinar highlighting how student affairs professionals can contribute to the quality of the education abroad process. Panelists will explore how students participating in education abroad experience cognitive, identity, and psycho-social development opportunities, as well as cultural adjustment. Special attention will be paid to early-career students (first- and second-year students). Click here for more information and to RSVP.
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Colorado College Advises Students To Urinate, Vomit To Stop Rapists
ABC News
An updated advisory on the website of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers female students new tactics to fend off rapists, including vomiting, urinating and telling an attacker they have a disease. The new recommendations came, hours after the Colorado House passed a package of gun safety bills, including one that would ban the concealed carrying of guns on college campuses.
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Correction To eCard: "SSAO Programs At ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention"
ACPA
In the first week of February ACPA sent out an eCard titled "SSAO Programs at ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention." There was an error in respect to one of the SSAO events occurring on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. We referenced the representatives from State University of New York (SUNY) system for an event focused on campuses recovering from the Hurricane Sandy but in fact it is representatives from the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Please accept this retraction. We hope that you register for these SSAO events. To register, add the Symposium while registering online for convention. If you have already registered for convention, please fill out this PDF and e-mail it to info@acpa.nche.edu or fax it to 202-827-0601. The cost for the symposium for members is just $80 if you register by February 21.
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