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Kent Porterfield's Presidential Address
ACPA
Read ACPA President, Kent Porterfield's Presidential Address given at the ACPA 2014 Indianapolis Convention.
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities

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
April 17 |  Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services Webinar: Center for Collegiate Mental Health — A Year In Review
June 3–5 |  Symposium on Service-Learning
June 8–10 |  2014 Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute
June 11–12 |  2014 ACPA Presidential Symposium
June 25–27 |  Student Affairs Assessment Institute


Is College Really Harder To Get Into Than It Used To Be?
The Atlantic
At a recent alumni dinner for my alma mater in Manhattan, a representative of the school welcomed us with these uncomfortable words: "Chances are most of us here would not even be admitted to this college today." But this isn't new: I've heard that refrain at several alumni events now, and it's always intended, unequivocally, as institutional pride. The message: Our school is so competitive and selective now that if you applied today with the same SAT's and grade point average you had a decade or two ago, you probably wouldn't get in.
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30 Most Promising Places To Work In The U.S., Plus Canada, In Student Affairs
ACPA
Fairfax, Va. — In honor of its year-long 30th anniversary celebration, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has teamed up with the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) to present a new national study: 30+ Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs. The findings will be released in the March 27, 2014 edition of Diverse magazine.
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Are University Rankings The Tip Of The Iceberg?
University World News
After a decade, it's clear that rankings have, controversially, fired a shot across the bow of higher education and their host governments. They may have started out being about informing student choice but, in today's highly globalized and competitive world, they have become much more about geo-political factors for nations and higher education institutions. In the process, they have become a profitable industry — replete with perceptions of conflict of interest and self-interest, along with self-appointed auditors — all of which, in this post-global financial crisis age, would almost certainly provoke concern in other sectors.
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Watch ACPA President Kent Porterfield's Video: The Way Forward for ACPA
ACPA
Dr. Kent Porterfield, 2014-15 President of ACPA — College Student Educators International, began his term of office at the ACPA 2014 Indianapolis Convention. Hear his vision for ACPA and get a glimpse of the depth and breadth of the reinvented gathering for ACPA members and friends. Brené Brown and others made a space for us that was like a room without a roof! No boundaries, total passion and enthusiasm for our collective work in the student affairs movement. Watch here.
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Tackle These 3 Challenges Before Applying To Study In The U.S.
U.S. News & World Report
Studying in the U.S. is a remarkable experience that has enriched my life and gone beyond what I could ever have hoped to achieve. But making it to a U.S. college is a journey that has challenges.

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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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College Students: A Lot Is Riding On Your Choice of Major
Fox Business
When it comes to declaring a major, college students better pick wisely. "There are an increasing number of students who find that the degrees do not help them land jobs, they do not have the appropriate skills to take on any of the modern workplace positions," says Anne Lee, professor of economics at New York University. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), some arts degrees, including the humanities, journalism and performing arts have low starting salaries and few job opportunities in the current labor market.
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Watch ACPA Vice-President Gavin Henning Video Gathering & Caring About Each Other
ACPA
Watch Gavin Henning, Vice-President of ACPA 2014-15, talk about what it feels like to gather in community at ACPA Annual Conventions and the "conspiracy of care" that permeates the culture of student affairs/development work around the world. Watch here.
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Tackle These 3 Challenges Before Applying To Study In The U.S.
U.S. News & World Report
Studying in the U.S. is a remarkable experience that has enriched my life and gone beyond what I could ever have hoped to achieve. But making it to a U.S. college is a journey that has challenges. As with every journey, prospective international students must be prepared for what lies ahead. Most people believe studying in the U.S. is a privilege because they are able to experience and learn from other cultures. However, many international students experience a lot of pressure being in this country. The life of an international student isn't always easy compared with the life of an American student.
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Gregory Roberts, Executive Director: A 90th Anniversary Reflection
ACPA
We are about to embark upon the 90th Anniversary of the Association (1924-2014). What a wonderful history and contribution the student affairs profession has made for college/university students around the world!
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Report: U.S. Colleges Spending More On Sports, Less On Academics
Digital Journal
Forget the image of college campuses as enclaves of instruction and research. Figures show rapidly increasing spending on athletic programs, along with swelling the ranks of administrators and their salaries. These findings are part of the report "Losing Focus" released today by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The data is based on information from the U.S. Dept. of Education and the NCAA. "Increasingly, institutions of higher education have lost their focus on the academic activities at the core of their mission," the report states.
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Student Affairs Stories Of Sustainability: Resources To Engage Students And Remove Silos
ACPA
Just in time for Earth Day! Student Affairs Stories of Sustainability: Resources to Engage Students and Remove Silos — a FREE Webinar sponsored by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), of which ACPA is a member. Learn about student affairs sustainability initiatives around the United States. Identify how to engage students and remove silos. Network with peers in sustainability and student affairs to share ideas and best practices. The FREE webinar takes place Thursday, April 17th from 1pm - 2pm EST. Register here.
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Inclusion In Association Data Collection: Both A Journey And A Destination
ACPA
ACPA is the comprehensive higher education and student affairs/services Association that lives out its long-held Core Values to support college student success. Two of these Core Values speak directly to our commitment to issues of social justice, equity, and inclusion:
  • Diversity, multicultural competence and human dignity; and
  • Inclusiveness in and access to Association-wide involvement and decision-making.
It is the Association's attentiveness to issues of inclusion, opportunities to increase understanding and competence, and recognition that our own identity matters in the work that we do that brings thousands of members back to ACPA annually.

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