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5 Years After Tragedy At Virginia Tech, Colleges Gauge Threats
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Virginia's colleges and universities quietly have investigated hundreds of students, employees and others in recent years to prevent a repeat of the Virginia Tech massacre of 2007, when a student gunman left a series of increasingly disturbing warning signs before killing 32 people and himself. April 16 marked the fifth anniversary of Seung-Hui Cho's deadly rampage, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. A state panel investigating the killings determined that professors, students and mental health professionals knew about Cho's troubled behavior for years but never tied all the information together — something officials said might have prevented the slayings. More

Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
April 26 |  Now That You’ve Got ‘Em: Onboarding and Retaining Your Employee Talent
May 8 |  Internship Best Practices Workshop at TCU
May 17-18 |  Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program Facilitator Training and Conference
May 17-18 |  The Big Ideas in Higher Education Conference
May 18 |  ACPA Presidential Symposium
June 3-5 |  ACPA Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute
June 13-15 |  ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute
June 17-19 |  ACPA Institute on Sustainability
Nov. 1-4 |  2012 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

An Update From ACPA's President
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Upon reflection on his first month as ACPA president, Keith Humphrey said "holding this role on behalf of student affairs professionals and faculty from around the globe is a true honor." Keith welcomes ideas from ACPA members about their hopes and dreams for the profession and how ACPA can help achieve those dreams. At the ACPA Annual Convention, Keith presented his presidential address, which is available here. Please email and follow Keith on Twitter via @acpaprez.

Educating The Next Steve Jobs
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Though few young people will become brilliant innovators like Steve Jobs, most can be taught the skills needed to become more innovative in whatever they do. A handful of high schools, colleges and graduate schools are teaching young people these skills — places like High Tech High in San Diego, the New Tech high schools (a network of 86 schools in 16 states), Olin College in Massachusetts, the Institute of Design at Stanford and the MIT Media Lab. The culture of learning in these programs is radically at odds with the culture of schooling in most classrooms. More

The Council For The Advancement of Standards (CAS) Now On Facebook
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Stay connected to CAS and receive news, resources, and updates by going to the CAS page and clicking "Like" on Facebook.

How Can Innovative Teaching Be Rewarded?
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Many recent national reports encourage college faculty to adopt innovative teaching methods in order to address the needs of diverse populations, engage students in critical and higher-order thinking, and help students persist through graduation. But an important question remains: In one's own department or college, how can one build a culture where taking an innovative or downright scholarly approach to teaching is valued and appreciated? More

Register Now: Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute
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Approximately 55 percent of ACPA members currently identify as entry-level professionals, and 40 percent have less than five years of experience in Student Affairs work. The American College Personnel Association has created the Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute to address the knowledge and skills that emerging professionals' desire as they collectively serve thousands of collegians on a daily basis. The institute is named in honor of Ms. Mable, a highly respected leader in student affairs for the past four decades. She served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Longwood University, Virginia, and executive director of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. Phyllis Mable served as ACPA president from 1979-1980. The institute will include several mentoring opportunities and one-on-one interactions with resident faculty and small-group facilitators. Institute participation is limited to 50 participants. Continuing education credits are available. More

Is Standardized Testing The Future Of College Ranking?
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Every year, most colleges compile data on the applicants who choose to attend that university or college. Four-year private and public institutions, as well as two-year programs, are judged based on certain criteria and then compared to other post-secondary education schools all across the United States. In the past couple of years, some government and state education officials have suggested implementing assessments such as standardized testing. The college students' scores would then be used to help rank the colleges against each other by measuring how well students are improving in problem-solving skills. The idea behind standardized testing is to provide parents and taxpayers with the opportunity to see if the cost of the school’s education is worth the rank the school receives. More

ACPA Directorate Chair Forms
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Attention Commission and Standing Committee leaders! As the convention has past and your term as chair has ended, don't forget to submit your Directorate Chair form, to grant the incoming leader access to pertinent leadership information. More

Top US Colleges To Offer Free Classes Online
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Five prestigious U.S. universities will create free online courses for students worldwide through a new, interactive education platform dubbed Coursera, the founders announced. The two founders, both professors of computer science at Stanford University, also announced that they had received $16 million in financing from two Silicon Valley venture capital firms. Coursera will offer more than three dozen college courses in the coming year through its website at, on subjects ranging from Greek mythology to neurology, from calculus to contemporary American poetry. The classes are designed and taught by professors at Stanford, Princeton, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan. More

New Report Questions Texas' Higher-Ed Priorities
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A new study on Texas' higher-education policy that has being released lays out the tough choices that state lawmakers are facing and throws some cold water on one of their prize programs: the initiative to create more tier-one universities. With a mere 32 percent of adult Texans older than 25 with at least an associate degree, the study notes, Texas ranks 39th among states. University of Pennsylvania researchers Joni Finney and Laura Perna conducted the study in conjunction with Patrick Callan of the National Center for Public Policy. More


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