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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


Title IX Coordinators Required
Inside Higher Ed
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights released a new "guidance package" to help colleges understand the requirements and expectations of their Title IX coordinators. The package's primary reminder: don’t forget to designate a coordinator for Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in the first place. "A critical responsibility for schools under Title IX is to designate a well-qualified, well-trained Title IX coordinator and to give that coordinator the authority and support necessary to do the job," Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights, said in a statement. "We hope that these documents will help schools understand their obligations under Title IX."
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  Take SAMHSA's Prevention Pledge

Show your commitment to preventing substance abuse and mental disorders—Take the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Prevention Pledge! The pledge is part of National Prevention Week 2015, a national observance that celebrates the power of prevention. Share your stories and show that together, we can achieve more.
 


Webinar
ACPA
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 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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3 Things International Students Should Know About The IELTS Exam
U.S. News & World Report
The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, is one of the most widely used English language tests in the world. It comprises reading, writing, listening and speaking subtests and is designed for people who want to study or work in an English-speaking environment. Prospective undergraduate or graduate students who are applying to universities in English-speaking countries, or to programs where English is the language of instruction, will likely be asked to take the IELTS Academic test or the TOEFL, the Test of English as a Foreign Language. If you need an IELTS score, here are three things to know before taking the exam.
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Economist Webinar
ACPA
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 2:00pm EST

Re-inventing Higher Education, Better access, better results

Increased access is an intrinsic goal of many institutions of higher education, but what does this concept mean and what does it look like in practice? What real benefits does inclusivity confer on universities as well as future employers? Is increased accessibility an economic imperative in a world where the best predictor of educational attainment is family background? What concrete solutions can universities and employers put in place to attract top talent regardless of one's upbringing? The first in a three-part series, this event will provide key insights from university and business leaders on the importance of expanding educational opportunities in today's world. Register today!

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How To Find A Roommate Who Shares Your Academic Goals
USA Today
Many people believe that living in an on-campus dorm with a roommate is an integral part of the college experience. Your school may assign roommates randomly or use a questionnaire to pair individuals, but most colleges also allow students to choose who they live with, so long as the request is mutual. For those students who live on campus, finding the perfect roommate can be stressful. Roommate compatibility can be measured in a variety of ways, but academic likeness is one of the most influential factors in determining whether or not you will get along with your roommate. This is because students with similar academic goals generally have similar academic habits.
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OCR Issues Title IX Update
ACPA
On 24 April 2015, the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued new information for support of Title IX Coordinators on school districts, college and university campuses. The DOE reminds all institutions receiving Federal financial assistance that they must designate at least one employee to coordinate compliance and other responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in addition to clarification on previous publications based on questions by institutions. Each of the publications issued on 24 April 2015 can be found at here.
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To Get More Students Through College, Give Them Fewer Choices
NPR
How many different flavors of jam do you need to be happy? In 2000, a famous experiment showed that when people were presented with a supermarket sampler of 24 exotic fruit flavors, they were more attracted to the display. But, when the sample included only six flavors, they were 10 times more likely to actually buy. This experiment contributed to the literature of what's known as "the paradox of choice." Too many choices can lead to feelings of frustration, dissatisfaction and paralysis, which is especially bad in cases where not making a choice is the worst one of all. College is no different from jam, according to a surprising new book, Redesigning America's Community Colleges.
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Programs For Veterans
ACPA
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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Are College Admissions Applications Outdated And Inefficient?
The Washington Post
Most high-school seniors planning to enroll in college this fall already have made up their minds about where they are going. But for many others, this is the final week to make a choice: May 1 is Decision Day, when deposits are due to secure a spot in the next freshman class. Picking a college is an emotional decision, and even after months or even years of courting each other, students and colleges many times make a bad match. One-third of students transfer between institutions at least once before they graduate, and half of students who enroll in college never get a degree at all.
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Applications For The Marylu McEwen Dissertation Of The Year Award Now Being Accepted
ACPA
ACPA — College Student Educators International is now accepting applications for the 2016 Marylu McEwen Dissertation of the Year Award. The ACPA Foundation will recognize the winner with a cash award of $2,500 and a plaque during the 2016 ACPA Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The recipient will also receive a complimentary registration to the Convention and a reserved educational session to present their work. Additionally, the recipient's dissertation advisor will also receive a complimentary registration to attend Convention. Eligible dissertations must have met all requirements of the applicant's institution and have been signed off by the applicant's dissertation committee between April 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2015. Please click here for the online application form and instructions.
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Universities Seek Alternatives To Expensive Textbooks
Deseret News
When Christie Fierro, a communications instructor at Tacoma Community College in Washington State, saw students struggling in her eight-week communications class, she decided to ask them about it. "I discovered that only three of them could afford the textbook," she said. "Textbook expenses are barriers to education." And the problem isn't isolated to Tacoma Community College. A 2014 study conducted by the Student Public Interest Research Group found 65 percent of students skipped purchasing a textbook because of cost. Students made the decision knowing it could harm their academic performance.
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ACPAGrow, The Career Mentoring Program
ACPA
Join the ACPAGrow community to participate in a Mentoring experience beginning in June! One of our association's core values is continuous professional development and personal of student affairs and student services professionals. ACPAGrow is a mentoring program, where mentors and protégés are matched based on professional interests and background to participate in a 12 week program. Begin conversation with colleagues from different institutions and gain valuable networking opportunities and great dialogue about student success and personal professional development. We are looking for members or all professional backgrounds and experiences to participate in our cohort of #ACPAGrow participants. The deadline to participate in the next cohort is May 15, 2015. To learn more about and sign up for this professional development experience, start here and fill out the ACPA Grow Interest form.
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ACPA Partners With Expanding The Circle: Advancing LGBTQ Initiatives In Higher Education, From The Classroom To The Campus Quad For The 2015 Summer Institute
ACPA
This program will take place June 10-13, 2015 in San Francisco. ACPA members are eligible for a $150 discount. Utilize the code ETCACPA to access this discount. This program is designed for academic deans and administrators, campus counselors, faculty and faculty development specialists, student affairs professionals, students, and non-profit professionals who seek to advance LGBTQ issues and concerns in higher education. Goals of the 2015 Summer Institute will include creating greater inclusion for all members of our campus communities, and enriching the quality of education and scholarship in higher education through national coalition-building. More information on the seminar can be found here.
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New SCMM Clearinghouse Initiative
ACPA
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
ACPA
Maryland College Personnel Association — Maryland Support Staff Conference — May 1, 2015 — 9 am — 4 pm — Loyola University Maryland, Columbia, Maryland — http://www.mymcpa.com/mcpa-2015-support-staff-conference.html
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