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Young Women Are More Likely Than Men To Aspire To College, And To Graduate
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Female high school students are more likely to aspire to attend college than are their male counterparts, and the young women enroll in college, persist and graduate from it at higher rates as well, according to a report released by the National Center for Education Statistics. The report, "Higher Education: Gaps in Access and Persistence Study," says that, in 2004, 96 percent of female high school seniors wanted to go to college, compared with 90 percent of males. When female high school graduates enrolled in college, they tended to do so immediately after high school graduation; half chose a four-year institution. More

Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
Oct. 12 |  The MCPA Fall Conference and ACPA East Coast Graduate Fair
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

ACPA College/University Members Among The Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges And Universities By Campus Pride
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Congratulations to the following: University of California, Riverside; University of Vermont; Ohio State University; Ithaca College; University of Maryland, College Park; University of California, Berkeley; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Indiana University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; and Cornell University. For a complete list, visit Campus Pride Index.

ACPA Newest Online Resources
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The latest additions/enhancements to ACPA's online resources are the new Global Initiatives page where you can find out how ACPA is furthering global relationships among student affairs/student services practitioners and scholars who identify with this field, and an improved Career Mentoring page that now clearly states what the goals of the mentoring program are and what is asked of protégés and mentors.

ACT Finds Most Students Still Not Ready For College
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Student performance on the ACT essentially held steady this year, with slight improvement shown in the math and science parts of the college-entrance exam. Still, 60 percent of the class of 2012 that took the test failed to meet benchmarks in two of the four subjects tested, putting them in jeopardy of failing in their pursuit of a college degree and careers. More

Changes In Visa Processing Cause Headaches For Colleges And Their International Students
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An unannounced change in how customs officials process visas for incoming international students is causing major headaches just as tens of thousands of them arrive in the United States for the start of the academic year. Beginning earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped its practice of stamping the visa documents of foreign students entering the country, as part of a shift from a paper-based to an electronic immigration system. More

Helicopter App?
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About half of the students who fail to graduate college in six years never even make it to their second year, according to Department of Education data. Now, a new app is aiming to help make that college transition more successful for students — by involving their parents. Launched this fall by a team based in Washington, csMentor — the "cs" stands for "college survival and success" — is a Web-based program that combines video mentoring with regular check-ins to promote better communication between students and parents. More

The Commission For Student Involvement E-Series
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A New Culture of Learning: National Leadership Symposium Key Conversations
Sept. 6 from 1-2 p.m. EST
The National Leadership Symposium is a professional development experience designed for faculty members and student affairs professionals engaged in college leadership education, and occurs every summer. Register.

Student Involvement Assessment and Research: Measuring Student Learning
Sept. 20 from 1-2 p.m. EST
Student Involvement can be difficult to assess. As the field and profession moves beyond simple programmatic evaluation to more direct measurement of learning outcomes, it is important for student affairs practitioners to have the skills and competencies to measure student learning. Register.

Creating Leaders who Change the World Tuesday
Oct. 2 at noon CDT
In this webcast, Jason Connell, Executive Director of Ignited Leadership, will discuss the findings from this three years of practice research. More importantly, he will share low-cost, high-impact strategies that you can use to help turn your students into effective modern leaders who change themselves, their campus, their country, and ultimately, our wider global community. Register.

Obama Courts College Students Returning To Campus
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As college students return to campus, President Barack Obama‘s campaign will be there waiting for them. Obama aides sees college campuses as fertile ground for registering and recruiting some of the more than 15 million young people who have become eligible to vote since the 2008 election. As Republicans hold their party convention in Florida this week, the president will make a personal appeal to college voters in three university towns: Ames, Iowa; Fort Collins, Colo.; and Charlottesville, Va. More


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