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VP Open Office Hours—Today At 2pm EDT
ACPA
ACPA friends and colleagues, I hope your summer is moving along well, giving you time to reflect on the past year, plan for the upcoming year, and rejuvenate a bit. I know this is challenging for those of you working with summer orientation or other summer programs.
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities

Sept. 9 |  Webcast - How to Review Programs for #ACPA15
Oct. 19-22 |  Residential Curriculum Institute
Nov. 2-4 |  Institute for Aspiring SSAOs: Exploring Underrepresented Identities and Career Paths
Nov. 9-11 |  Institute on Social Justice
Nov. 13 |  Webcast - Your Program Was Accepted, Now What?
Dec. 11-13 |  Leadership Educators Institute
March 5-8, 2015 |  2015 Annual Convention in Tampa


How International Students Can Share A U.S. College Experience At Home
U.S. News & World Report
Many international students travel back to their home countries for the summer, and this is a great time to visit your family and friends, unwind and get ready for a new school year. However, planning what gifts to bring home for everyone can get stressful. Below are some tips on what to pack to bring some of your U.S. college experience home and share with everyone. Food is the quickest way for people to connect and experience one another's culture.
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Presidential Blog: Q&A Town Hall Series
ACPA
During the 2014 Town Hall meeting in Indianapolis, Cindi Love and I said we would do our best to respond to the questions we did not get to during the session. In this post, we are addressing some of the general questions. In subsequent blog posts, we will be responding to questions about convention, "credentialing", and recruitment and retention.
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Rapid Growth In University Engagement Worldwide
University World News
Growing numbers of university leaders worldwide are seeing community engagement as a central priority, says Professor Robert M Hollister, executive director of the Talloires Network — a global coalition of universities committed to moving beyond the ivory tower. Rather than distracting from engagement, internationalization is "dramatically reinforcing and accelerating that trend, through people learning from and influencing one another's work."
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Read Member Of The Week Bob Coffey's Story
ACPA
I've been a member of ACPA since 1998. Since that time I've changed positions, functional areas, and institutions. ACPA has kept up with me every step of the way. Through membership I have access to relevant and timely professional development opportunities, both during and beyond Convention. Share Your Story.
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College Students Prefer A Mix Of Print And Digital Textbooks
Publisher Weekly
Last winter, Hewlett Packard conducted a 10-minute online survey at the San Jose State University (SJSU) to measure student preference for e-textbooks and printed version. A total of 527 students were involved in this survey.

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Sleep Problems Have The Same Effects On Students' Grades As Drug Abuse, New Study Finds
PBS Newshour
Losing sleep can have the same effects on your grades as binge drinking and chronic marijuana use, according to a new study published in the journal Sleep.

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Here's What Procrastinators Are Doing Instead Of Schoolwork
The Huffington Post
Regardless of gender or age, you probably do your fair share of procrastinating if you're in school. A new study from StudyMode, an international network that provides students with online learning tools, breaks down who procrastinates and why.

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European Students' Use Of 'Smart Drugs' Is Said To Rise
The New York Times
Under heavy pressure to excel, significant numbers of European university students are using cognitive enhancers, so-called smart drugs, to keep up with academic demands, recent studies show. A lack of long-term research makes it difficult to gauge whether the use of such stimulants, with the aim of improving concentration and memory, is on the rise — and if so, to what degree — says Boris Quednow, an assistant professor and psychologist at the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Zurich.
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New Fiscal Year Brings New Opportunity To Register
ACPA
A new fiscal year has started, which means new opportunity to register for the #ACPA15 Annual Convention in Tampa. In addition to Genius Labs and Pecha Kucha presentations, we are proud to introduce a new program category titled, Exceptional Practices. Advanced rates are currently in effect through November 7. To register, please click here.
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College Students Prefer A Mix Of Print And Digital Textbooks
Publisher Weekly
Last winter, Hewlett Packard conducted a 10-minute online survey at the San Jose State University (SJSU) to measure student preference for e-textbooks and printed version. A total of 527 students were involved in this survey. Of the 527 respondents, two-thirds of which have used both e-textbooks and printed version, 57% said they prefer print. Only 21% of those polled favor the e-version. The remaining 21% stated that they prefer both formats.
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ACPA Foundation Accepting Nominations For The Diamond Honoree Program
ACPA
The ACPA Foundation is accepting nominations for its 2015 Class of Diamond Honorees. Nominees are expected to have demonstrated sustained contributions to ACPA; higher/tertiary education; and the student affairs/services profession at the local, state, national and international levels. The 2015 Class of Diamond Honorees will be recognized at the 2015 Annual Convention in Tampa, Florida. Submit nominations electronically to Keith Humphrey by July 18, 2014.
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Data, Data Everywhere
Inside Higher Ed
Massive open online course providers are collecting troves of data about their students, but what good is it if researchers can't use the information? The MOOC Research Initiative formally released its results on Monday, six months after researchers met in Arlington, Texas, to brief one another on initial findings. The body of research — 22 projects examining everything from how social networks form in MOOCs to how the courses can be used for remedial education — can perhaps best be described as the first chapter of MOOC research, confirming some widely held beliefs about the medium while casting doubt on others.
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Read College/University Member Spotlight University Of Wisconsin-Platteville's Story
ACPA
ACPA is an incredible resource for any professional who works with college students outside the classroom. The expertise, research and scholarship, and best practice guidance gained through ACPA has benefitted UW-Platteville in designing and revamping programs, creating a culture of social justice, and using assessment to improve our work with students. The professional connections made through ACPA provide an avenue for collaboration, brainstorming, and mentoring. Quite simply, ACPA has enhanced both my own professional development and the effectiveness of our work with students in ways both large and small. Share Your Story.
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Washington Update—Higher Education Reauthorization
ACPA
The House and Senate have released glimpses of what is likely to be included in the Higher Education Reauthorization Act scheduled to be reauthorized this year. The House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce has released a "white paper" on its goals for the Higher Ed Reauthorization Bill.
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Leadership Educators Institute Call For Programs
ACPA
The 2014 Leadership Educators Institute (LEI) call for programs is open! The conference planning committee is seeking proposals that effectively link student affairs practice to the values of leadership education.

Conference themes include:
  • Leadership development theory and models
  • Leadership curriculum and programs
  • Technology, research and assessment in leadership programs
For details on each theme, visit the call for programs page. Proposals must be submitted by July 31, 2014.

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