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ACPA Video On Demand
View the latest from ACPA Video on Demand. Recently added content include:
  • ACPA President, Dr. Gavin Henning discussing the completion agenda and what it means for college student educators.
  • Lynn Hogan, Florida State University and Jamie Cooper, George Mason University describe the impact and pressures of global student affairs and the need for cross-disciplinary collaboration between academic affairs and student affairs.
Check out these and other critical issues on ACPA Video on Demand.
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities

June 7-10 |  About Campus Writers Retreat
June 13-17 |  2015 Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute
June 17-19 |  Student Affairs Assessment Institute
June 22-24 |  2015 Conference on College Men
June 28-30 |  Phyllis Mable New Professional's Institute
Oct. 18-21 |  2015 Residential Curriculum Institute
Nov. 1-3 |  2015 Institute on Social Justice
Nov. 8-11 |  Aspiring SSAO Institute
March 6-9, 2016 |  ACPA Annual Convention in Montréal

College Students Aren't Getting Enough Sleep
The Huffington Post
The University of California-Los Angeles recently hosted a series of events on campus to raise awareness about the importance of sleep, reports the student newspaper the Daily Bruin. "There's a weird pride in certain students when they pull all nighters," Kendra Knudsen, a coordinator with the UCLA Mind Well initiative, told the Daily Bruin earlier this month. "They need to re-prioritize, if they don't have time for sleep, looking at their schedule and seeing what is really important." A temporary nap room was set up in the campus library during "Sleep Week," and UCLA hosted discussions with professors about the body's reactions to reduced sleep, as well as free yoga and mindful awareness sessions focused on relaxation tips to help students relax and fall asleep faster, according to the Bruin.
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  SAMHSA's National Prevention Week Toolkit

Get involved in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Prevention Week 2015! Prevention Week is a national observance committed to preventing substance abuse and mental disorders in communities and on campuses across America. Download this toolkit to plan events and share in the power of prevention.

CSI E-Series Webinar
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Internationalization in higher education and student affairs — seeking authentic ways to make a difference

Many colleges and universities are promoting their international or global engagement. However, what the means, why they are doing it, and how these efforts can benefit institutions around the world remains a significant question. This webinar will preview a New Directions in Higher Education book being co-edited by Dr. Dennis Roberts and Dr. Susan Komives to come out in 2016 titled Enhancing Student Learning and Development in Cross-Border Higher Education. Participants in the webinar will have the chance to explore ways they can help their institutions move toward authentic internationalization while developing mutually beneficial and transforming relationships. Register today! Reach out to Laura Walaszek at with any questions.

Commission for Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Campus Contagion: Planning for, Mitigating, and Responding to Epidemic Health Scares on Campus

Among the many emergencies that impact our colleges and universities is the threat of epidemic health scares on campus (e.g., measles, meningitis, Bird Flu, H1N1/Swine Flu, hepatitis B, Ebloa)This webinar will provide an opportunity to engage in conversations with campus administrators who have been faced epidemic health issues on their campuses and learn from health experts about cutting edge practices for epidemic preparedness, response, and recovery. Register today!

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development & Commission for Admissions, Orientation and First Year Experience
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

They are all [Mascot Name]: International Student Admission & Transition to US Postsecondary Campuses

U.S. postsecondary institutions have become home to an ever-increasing number of students from across the world, with some institutions doubling their international enrollment in the last five years. Many institutions were caught off guard by this growth, and student affairs and service staff are working to identify ways to best accommodate a globally diverse population. This session will consider international student demographics, the impact of U.S. governmental and institutional practices, and identify ways to better support international students. Register today! Contact Kyoung Mi Choi at with questions.

Rachel A. Beech, Ed.D. is Director of the Office of International Admissions at the University of Arizona, and current Chair of ACPA's Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and the First Year Experience (AOFYE).
Robert N. Coffey, Jr., Ph.D. is Project Manager in University Housing at the University of Michigan, and Past Chair of ACPA's Commission for the Global Dimensions of Student Development (CGDSD).

Commission for Housing and Residential Life Webinar
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Data or it Didn't Happen: Data-Driven Training Programs

ACPA's Commission for Housing and Residential Life presents this interactive webinar on data-driven training. Does data justify your practices? Does assessment accurately reflect your program? Data and assessment should be a vital aspect of every training program. "Data or it Didn't Happen" will help you learn how to gather, analyze, and implement assessment strategies in your training programs. This session will demonstrate how assessment can provide your training program the tools to create a curriculum founded upon best practices and backed up by sound data. Register today!

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Wearables Could Find Their Place On Campus
EdTech Magazine
Do wearable technology devices have a place on college campuses? There is great potential for such devices, but they are far from being considered essential tools to most students, according to a report by Amy Schmitz Weiss, an associate journalism professor at San Diego State University. The 21-page report, titled "Wearable Technologies: Possibilities in Bringing Innovative Learning Experiences to the Classroom," analyzes the responses of 454 college students to an online survey about their exposure to wearable technologies and their perception of the potential for the devices in higher education.
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ACPA's Response To Indiana's Of RFR Act
Executive Director, Dr. Cindi Love provides a brief update on ACPA's on-going response to Indiana's passage and subsequent revision of its Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Review the blog today here!
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4 Reasons For International Students To Start At A U.S. Community College
U.S. News & World Report
Community colleges — schools that offer two-year programs that introduce students to college life and prepare them to transfer to larger four-year universities to finish their degrees — are a phenomenon distinct to the U.S. That's why many international students have never heard of them, let alone considered attending one. But community colleges are often a perfect fit for international students. Here are four reasons why you should consider them as an option.
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Strategic Plan Update: Organizational Audit
Important information regarding the ACPA Strategic Plan progress and an ACPA Organizational Audit is now available for you on the Executive Director's blog. Please review this information to stay updated on the state of our organization. Review today!
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How Social Media Helps Students Adapt To College
The Chronicle of Higher Education
For today's students, social media isn't just a diversion. It's a support system. That's the key finding of a paper exploring the role that Facebook plays in helping students adjust to campus life. Collin M. Ruud, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented the paper, "Social Networking and Social Support: Does It Play a Role in College Social Integration?," on Sunday at the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting. Mr. Ruud has been observing the effects of social media for years. He was an assistant residence-hall manager when social-networking sites first started to take off, and he was immediately interested in how they might affect student development.
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Programs For Veterans
Leadership from ACPA and the American Council on Education (ACE) recently met regarding supportive programs for Veterans on college campuses. A Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions has been developed to assist schools in building effective programs for Veterans. To learn more, please visit here.
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Helping Foster Kids Get Through College
Many young people coming from foster care lack the support and guidance they need during the college years, resulting in very few going on to continue their education. If colleges were to implement a structured support system to help foster youth, these students would have a far greater chance of success, according to new findings by researchers at the University of the Pacific. The study is one of the few to focus on the experiences of foster youth in college. This population is difficult to identify because the students, fearing social stigma, rarely disclose their foster-care history on campus.
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Register Today For The Student Affairs Assessment Institute
The Student Affairs Assessment Institute is the premier professional development event for practitioners in the area of student affairs assessment and evaluation. New to this year’s Institute is a pre-Institute program on Program Review, a process characterized by self-reflection and evaluation whereby one can critically assess all aspects of a department or functional unit. Register today to develop your assessment skills in this and other areas, and join keynote speaker Dr. Frank Shushock, Jr. and a team of experienced faculty in Louisville, Kentucky this June!
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Mid-Level Professionals Apply Today For MMI!
Going into its 17th year, the Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute is an ACPA signature educational program for those desiring to understand their authentic leadership, strengthen their capacities and understand self and organizational dynamics in order to lead well. The Institute, named for Donna Bourassa, Ed.D. former Associate Executive Director of ACPA, is a successful professional development resource to hundreds of colleagues in the student affairs profession. Apply today!
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New SCMM Clearinghouse Initiative
The Standing Committee on Men & Masculinities leadership team is excited to announce that we have launched a new initiative in the form of a programmatic clearinghouse. The goal of this clearinghouse is to serve student affairs practitioners as a great resource to learn about men's programming happening across the country! If you (or your campus colleagues) coordinate any types of programs geared towards college men and their development, we encourage you to share details about these programs with us. Information collected will then be made available to members through our website. Contributions are appreciated and may be made here.
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MCPA State Conference
Maryland College Personnel Association — Maryland Support Staff Conference — May 1, 2015 — 9 am — 4 pm — Loyola University Maryland, Columbia, Maryland —
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