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Employers: Time To Take Advantage Of Career Central (C2)
ACPA
Career Central (C2) is ACPA's year-round online job search portal. ACPA provides a premier platform for employers to post positions and shop for candidates. C2 allows employers to post positions and shop for candidates at anytime. All positions posted to C2 are shared with our network via e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook.
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
Mar. 19 |  Webcast: 7 Steps for Effective Study Abroad Risk Management
April 3-5 |  Alcohol Policy 16
June 13-23 |  Ecuador Higher Education Study Tour
June 26-28 |  2013 Student Affairs Assessment Institute


Many Students Use College Aid For Unnecessary Items
USA Today
Each year, billions of dollars in financial aid funds are released by federal and state agencies to college students nationwide. The intricate funding system fueled by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid has been a savior for economically distressed students, but the sudden windfall can also be tempting for irresponsible spenders.
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26th Annual National Conference On Race Ethnicity In American Higher Education
ACPA
National Conference on Race Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) 2013 is one of the most comprehensive conferences in higher education and we want you there! With over 500 presenters, 300 sessions, 7 keynotes, and featuring a new President's Panel this year — you don't want to miss it. Register.
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Only Half of First-Time College Students Graduate In 6 Years
The New York Times
As we've covered here many times before, there is an abundance of evidence showing that going to college is worth it. But that's really only true if you go to college and then graduate, and the United States is doing a terrible job of helping enrolled college students complete their educations. A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center digs deeper into these graduation rates. It finds that of the 1.9 million students enrolled for the first time in all degree-granting institutions in fall 2006, just over half of them (54.1 percent) had graduated within six years. Another 16.1 percent were still enrolled in some sort of postsecondary program after six years, and 29.8 percent had dropped out altogether.
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Register Now: LGBT Professional Academy For Advisors, July 16-21, 2013
ACPA
Do you enjoy advising LGBT college students, but wish you could be more effective and equipped with tools and resources, including understanding current national LGBT research and benchmarking policies and practices? Campus Pride has the professional skill-building training just for you — the LGBT Professional Academy for Advisors (also known as Advisor BOOTCAMP). The five-day training is in coordination with Camp Pride and brings together LGBT student advisors and higher education staff who support LGBT youth from around the country. Scholarships are available until April 15, 2013.
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10 Colleges Where The Most Students Study Abroad
U.S. News & World Report
Students who study abroad often cite it as one of the highlights of their college experience, and it is easy to see why. Studying at a foreign university allows undergrads to stretch their wings, explore new cultures, and forge friendships with students and host families, all while earning college credit. Goucher College in Maryland and Soka University of America in California hold the experience in such high regard that they require every student to spend time abroad before they graduate. The two universities top the list of schools with the most students studying abroad.
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Many Students Use College Aid For Unnecessary Items
USA Today
Each year, billions of dollars in financial aid funds are released by federal and state agencies to college students nationwide. The intricate funding system fueled by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid has been a savior for economically distressed students, but the sudden windfall can also be tempting for irresponsible spenders.

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Kathryn Hume: The Most Important Interview Question
Inside Higher Ed
What's the difference between an OK interview and a great interview? A recent job hunter made that difference crystal-clear to Kathryn Hume. He had Skype interviews with two liberal arts colleges.

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The Chronicle Of Higher Education Rates 2012's Best Colleges To Work For
The Huffington Post
In the Chronicle of Higher Education's fifth annual survey of faculty and staff, 103 colleges were recognized as "Great Colleges To Work For" based on several categories measuring the schools as a workplace environment. Endicott College, which made the Chronicle's Honor Roll list, received praise from its employees for its administration's policy of talking through contractual agreements in informal, as well as formal, settings.

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The 3rd Annual Big 10 Summer Institute
ACPA
Features 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).
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Little Help For Low-Income Students
Inside Higher Ed
The Obama administration unveiled its new College Scorecard with much fanfare this month. Highlighted to college-bound students as a way to "get the most bang for your educational buck," the Scorecard is intended to serve as a consumer guide for higher education. The first section of the Department of Education's new College Scorecard features the average net price of attendance at the selected institution. To guide users, the scorecard categorizes these average net prices as low, medium or high.
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Have You Been Following The ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention On Twitter?
ACPA
Today is last day of the ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention, with BD Wong as the featured speaker. Program presenters will have the opportunity to upload their handouts and presentations through April 2, 2013. If you have enjoyed your experience in Las Vegas so far, or did not attend this year, mark your calendars today to attend ACPA 2014 Indianapolis Convention, from March 30 to April 2, 2014.
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College Students Need Food, Sleep, And Wi-Fi
PC Magazine
Alongside textbooks, pizza, and shower shoes, wireless Internet access is at the top of the college students' necessities list. According to Online Colleges, a whopping 90 percent of university attendees consider Wi-Fi essential to their educational success — just as much as classrooms and computers. So important, they said, that they would be willing to abstain from alcohol consumption or wear their school's rival team colors than be without wireless access. Most won't even consider a school that doesn't offer free and fast Wi-Fi.
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International Student Affairs Study Tour
ACPA
ACPA, ACUHO-I, ACUI, NACA, NASPA, NIRSA, and NODA are working together with faculty from Colorado State University and partners in Doha, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to produce an international student affairs study tour from June 19–30, 2013. This is an educational tour of three distinct regions of the Arabian Gulf to develop an understanding of the structure and practice of higher education in the region and gain insight into the issues and strategic directions for higher education and student services/affairs in this important region.
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Study: Online Courses May Be The Worst For Minorities And At-Risk Students
TechCrunch
Online college courses are replacing traditional classrooms at a crazy-fast pace, yet it is still unknown whether they are actually better for students. A new large-scale study of 40,000 community and technical college students finds that, compared to traditional courses, students in online courses receive worse grades and are more likely to drop out. The negative impact of online study is disturbingly pronounced for minorities and students already at risk of dropping out.
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