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Nominate a colleague or mentor for an ACPA Award
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Each year ACPA recognizes the outstanding contributions of deserving colleagues and mentors at the annual convention. Review the list of awards and the nomination criteria. Please take the time to nominate a deserving colleague. For further information contact Myra F. Morgan.

Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
Oct. 21-23 |  Residential Curriculum Institute
Oct. 21-23 |  CSPA-NYS Annual Conference
Oct. 24 |  Campus Sustainability Day 2012
Nov. 1-4 |  2012 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference
Dec. 9-11 |  Leadership Educators Institute
Mar. 4-7 |  ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Annual Convention
April 3-5 |  Alcohol Policy 16

Colleges Are Taking A Closer Look At Crime-Reporting Procedures
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Colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs — more than six thousand schools nationwide — must let students and others know about crimes reported on their campuses. But Penn State, in one of its many failings in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case, largely ignored the campus-safety law, according to former FBI director Louis Freeh's report. More

An Update from ACPA President Keith Humphrey: The Price of a Good Waffle Fry
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If your Facebook is like mine, it is full of insightful comments about the recent announcement by the Chick-fil-A President regarding the corporate donations to anti-gay causes. While I believe they should be giving their money to literacy groups that teach people to spell correctly instead, let me add another wrinkle to this developing saga that impacts student affairs professionals. We have a Chick-fil-A in our Student Union on campus. It's quite popular with our students, and I confess to enjoying an order of waffle fries every now and then. The presence of this store has always been controversial with our LGBTQ students, faculty and staff — and now more so than ever. Let me make it more complex. I am the highest ranking out LGBTQ administrator at my university. Our LGBTQ students look to me to take leadership around issues of equity and discrimination like these. As Dean of Students, managing issues of bias, equity and discrimination are part of my responsibility, but the challenge is both personal and professional. How far do I take my personal beliefs when they may not fully align with my university's? More

What Higher Education Will Look Like In 2020
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Experts predict technology will facilitate distance learning outside of traditional classrooms, according to a survey published by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. In the study, 1,021 education experts and stakeholders including technology researchers, university directors, venture capitalists and Ivy League university professors, relayed their predictions about the future of higher education. More

APAN Response to Pew Research Center's Report, "The Rise of Asian Americans" Issued by Jason Chan & Sara Furr

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The Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) of ACPA is disappointed and concerned with the report, The Rise of Asian Americans, recently released by the Pew Research Center (2012). As an entity dedicated to addressing the concerns and issues of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) faculty, staff, and students in higher education, APAN cautions against accepting the findings within the report on face value, as the overly-simplistic portrayal of data and framing of themes paint an incomplete picture of the diversity within the APIDA community. More

ACPA Congratulates Vicki Williams, new Vice President for Student Affairs at Arkansas Baptist College
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Located in Little Rock, Arkansas, Arkansas Baptist College prepares students for a life of service grounded in academic scholarship, the liberal arts tradition, social responsibility, Christian development and preparation for employment in a global community. More

Gender-Equity Legislation In College Athletics Shows Gap Closing
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A review of federal education records by the Dayton Daily News revealed that of Ohio's 54 four-year public and private institutions that field men and women athletic teams, only 10 comply with the Department of Education's most difficult criteria: having the percentage of male and female athletes closely match the school's general gender population. More

"Root Down and Branch Out: Best Practices for Leadership Development Programs" Now Available
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As leadership skills become more and more crucial in today's changing world, the need for high quality leadership program experiences continues to grow. Rightly so, leadership programs have also been booming in higher education. In his new book "Root Down & Branch Out: Best Practices for Leadership Development Programs" (ISBN 1468034782), Darin J. Eich explores how the best leadership development programs have a high impact on students. More

Municipal Student Loan Reduction Incentives
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Recently, student loan payoff programs in Niagara Falls, NY and Kansas have garnered national attention. Both the city of Niagara Falls and rural areas in Kansas are suffering from population blight and are looking for creative ways of reinvigorating these areas with an influx of recent college graduates. So far, there seems to be widespread interest for both programs. More


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