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ACPA 2014 Convention Regular Registration Ends Today!
ACPA
The conference theme, "REINVENT You. Us. Indy." invites us to analyze the standard ways that we have come to think about our work and ourselves. Our location in Indianapolis, a city that has reinvented itself, reminds us of the opportunity we have to engage continually in transformative practice and innovative approaches that benefit our learning and the learning, development, and growth of our students. Register today!
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities

March 29-30 |  2014 Next Generation Conference (Undergraduates only)
March 30 – April 2 |  ACPA Indianapolis Convention
April 8 |  Academic Impressions Online Training: Streamlining the Transfer Credit Review Process
April 10 |  Academic Impressions Online Training: Developing an Assistance Animal Compliance Policy
April 14-15 |  Symposium on the Recruitment and Retention of Students of Color
June 3–5 |  Symposium on Service Learning


Freshmen Cite Reputation, Cost Factors In College Choice Survey
U.S. News & World Report
College freshmen care more about reputation more than rank. That's one of the findings of a recent survey by the University of California-Los Angeles, which asked 165,743 first-year students at 234 U.S. four-year colleges and universities who entered college in fall 2013 about the driving factors behind their choice of which college to attend. The largest and longest-running survey of new U.S. college students, "The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2013" asked which factors were "very important" in influencing students' decision to attend a particular schools. The students could choose as many of the 23 reasons listed as they wanted.
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Career Central At The ACPA 2014 Indianapolis Convention
ACPA
Career Central at the 2014 Convention is shaping up to be our best yet! We already have numerous employers and candidates from around the country registered and ready to interview. If you have any questions about registering for Career Central as a candidate or an employer, please contact Ted Carroll, Program Manager for Career Central and Global Initiatives at tcarroll@acpa.nche.edu.
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Campus Labs Offering Complimentary Pre-Convention Colloquia
ACPA
Campus Labs offering complimentary Pre-Convention Colloquia at ACPA Annual Convention Campus Labs, an ACPA corporate partner, is offering two complimentary pre-convention colloquia – Simplifying the Complexity of Student Affairs Assessment and Defining the Co-Curricular Experience with Transcripts and Certificate Programs on Sunday, March 30, the day of the opening general session. If you’ve already registered for the Annual Convention and are interested in attending one of these workshops, please email Ankur T. Ponda.
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Sophisticated Mobile Apps Are Reshaping Campus Safety
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Underage drinking. Cars parked illegally. Threatening social situations. The nature of the real-time alerts that started rolling in to Virginia Commonwealth University's police dispatch center this past fall — sometimes as many as five a day — surprised campus-safety officials.

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10 Universities With The Largest Undergraduate Populations
U.S. News & World Report
Going to college may be increasingly expensive, but the cost hasn't deterred thousands of students from enrolling. Between 1992 and 1998, undergraduate enrollment was stable, but it increased by 37 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

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How College Health Centers Help Students Succeed
Psychology Today
Of all the dramatic changes in higher education in recent years, one that goes largely unnoticed is the tremendous growth in the mission, services, and facilities of health centers.

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Starting All Over Again
Inside Higher Ed
Students are much less likely to earn a four-year degree if they first enroll at a community college. A key reason, according to a newly released study, is lost credits in the transfer process. The research also dumps cold water on several other explanations for why many community college students fail to eventually complete bachelor’s degrees, such as assumptions about lowered expectations, a vocational focus or inadequate academic rigor during their time at two-year colleges.
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The ACPA Commission For Spirituality, Faith, Religion, & Meaning (CSFRM) Survey
ACPA
The CSFRM seeks to provide ACPA members an arena within which to conduct research and assessment, strengthen their professional competencies, and enrich their self-knowledge and professional knowledge about issues related to meaning-making, spirituality, faith, religion, and belief within the context of higher education. The CSFRM is seeking to better understand the varied worldviews and belief systems within the ACPA membership, as well as gauge the climate in which members are able to explore their own worldviews. We would like to invite you to take part in this brief survey to do just that. Begin the survey here. Our open meetings will take place on Monday, March 31 from 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM at the Westin Indianapolis — Capitol I and on Tuesday, April 1 from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM in the same location. We invite you to visit our website to learn about other exciting programs and events we are sponsoring at convention. If you have any questions, please contact CSFRM Chair–Elect Joe Pritchett at jepritch@udel.edu.
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U.K. Students Are Trapped By The Politics Of Anti-Migration
University World News
In the United Kingdom and much of Europe we are in an anti-migration phase. International students, who provide half of the migration count, are currently trapped by the politics of anti-migration. This diminishes the value of their experience and their education. Public concerns and resentments are not directed primarily at international students. The main anxieties are about illegal migration, not legal immigration, and about asylum seekers and refugees. In the U.K., public opinion about migration fluctuates. Migration creates net benefits for economic output and jobs but triggers recurring xenophobia, especially during recessions. Support for migration rises and falls in medium-term waves of several years' duration.
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Invited Panels At The ACPA 2014 Indianapolis Convention
ACPA
Two intriguing Invited Panels, comprised of national experts, will take place later this month at the ACPA 2014 Indianapolis Convention. Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is the home of the NCAA, and a panel comprised of athletic directors, NCAA staff, and faculty will explore Title IX’s past and future on Monday, March 31 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The second panel, targeting bullying in the workplace features SSAOs, faculty and other experts will take place on Tuesday, April 1 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Check out the full descriptions and panelists.
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Sophisticated Mobile Apps Are Reshaping Campus Safety
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Underage drinking. Cars parked illegally. Threatening social situations. The nature of the real-time alerts that started rolling in to Virginia Commonwealth University’s police dispatch center this past fall—sometimes as many as five a day—surprised campus-safety officials. Before, says John A. Venuti, police chief at the university since 2010, "I would never get those kinds of tips." Even for smartphone-loving millennials, a suspicious-looking person doesn’t usually prompt a telephone call, according to Mr. Venuti. But not only are he and his colleagues now fielding such tips, they are also receiving details that can prove critical to a response, including exact GPS locations, physical descriptions, and photographs of license plates.
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Featured Session — Dr. Michael Coomes Interview With Dr. Gregory Blimling
ACPA
Bowling Green State University's Dr. Michael D. Coomes will be hosting his 7th annual "Inside the ACPA Studio" on Tuesday, April 1 at 9:00am at the ACPA 2014 Indianapolis Convention. This year, we asked ACPA members to tell us who Dr. Coomes should feature in this in-depth interview session. Hundreds of followers voted via Twitter @ACPAConvention and on the ACPA 2014 Facebook page, choosing Rutgers University's Dr. Gregory Blimling as this year's subject. Learn more about Dr. Blimling and Coomes' preparation process.
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Colleges Emphasizing Experiences Beyond The Classroom
WAMC
The days of learning by simply sitting in a classroom and hitting the books are dwindling as colleges are placing increased emphasis on student travel. For many years, universities have been offering study abroad programs partnering with international colleges in which students spend a semester living and studying away from their home campus. But with the increasing costs of higher education, short-term trips tied to a specific course or service project are growing in popularity.
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Register Today For Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
ACPA
Registration is now open for many professional development opportunities. Consider attending the Symposium on Service Learning, the Phyllis Mable New Professionals Institute, and the Student Affairs Assessment Institute. For the full slate of professional development offerings in 2014, click here. For additional information on any professional development offering, contact Tricia Fechter at pfechter@acpa.nche.edu.
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