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Submit a program proposal by Sept. 12

Recent high school graduates optimistic about value of college
Upcoming ACPA professional development opportunities and important convention deadlines
ACPA past president profile: May L. Cheney
Calling all ACPA Student Members
Carnegie Mellon receives $265 million pledge
For-profit versus public universities
Nominations for ACPA Awards
20 surprising higher education facts
Call for programs — 4th Annual Veterans Symposium for Higher Education
Do you enjoy a college scholarship advantage?

Investing in education is smart business
U.S. News & World Report    Share   Share on
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Eight million U.S. jobs will become available in science, technology, engineering and math related, or STEM, fields in just the next eight years. Yet 30 percent of all students — and half of all minority students — drop out of school before graduation. On average, 1 million students do not complete high school each year. This warrants asking: Who will get those quality jobs? More

Upcoming ACPA professional development opportunities and important convention deadlines
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Sept. 9   — Last day to sign up to be a Program Reviewer for the Annual Convention
Sept. 12 — Annual Convention Program Proposals due
Sept. 14 — Louisville 2012 advanced registration closes
Sept. 14 — Size discrimination: A heavy issue
Sept. 20 — Online seminar: 10 skills to increase your community's diversity competence
Sept. 28 - Oct. 1 — Annual Residential Curriculum Institute
Nov. 21  — Annual Convention Ancillary Program requests due

How do we fix U.S. higher education?
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A Princeton review survey in 2005 revealed that some of our most prestigious universities have among the lowest student ratings of professor's ability to bring material to life. At the very bottom of a list of more than 350 colleges ranked were a number of well-known, well-regarded schools. What's going on here? More

ACPA remembers U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield — 1922-2011
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In addition to his role as the former Dean of Students at Willamette University, U.S. Navy officer and the gov. of Oregon, Senator Hatfield has also authored a book, titled "Against the Grain: Reflections of a Rebel Republican." More

Land grant U.S. institutions alleged to drift from their public missions
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While many land grant flagship U.S. institutions strive to keep costs low for students, they have not been as successful in yielding high graduation rates and as a result, many students — including high numbers of Blacks and Latinos — fall through the cracks. More

An update from ACPA President Heidi Levine
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Happy new year! I hope the first days and weeks of the new academic year are going — or, for those yet to start, go — smoothly. I particularly hope that all of our colleagues on campuses in eastern part of the U.S. sustained minimal damage and disruption. More

Low standards for education majors
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American schools of education have often been spotlighted as the weak link between K-12 schooling and college preparedness. In his recent paper, "Grade Inflation for Education Majors and Low Standards for Teachers: When Everyone Makes the Grade," University of Missouri economics professor Cory Koedel shows that education school courses typically have very low grading standards. More

ACPA and Magna Publications have formed a partnership to benefit ACPA members
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Offering exclusive resources and discounts to ACPA members, the new Magna Publications/ACPA partnership is a win-win. Magna offers products ranging from subscriber based print and electronic newsletters to white papers, online seminars and courses and has been providing the higher education community with valuable information for more than 30 years. Now ACPA members can take advantage of special member only discounts on topics such as threat assessment, diversity, medical withdrawals, leadership, risk management, handling suicide and more. More

College roommate survival requires open mind, compromise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The majority of students who attend four year colleges live in college residence halls and more often than not experience having a roommate for the first time. Along with the need for an open mind, students need to find new ways to stretch their tolerance muscle if they want to make the roommate experience work. More

ACPA leader is newly appointed Chief Student Affairs at Northeast Ohio Medical University    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dr. Sandra Emerick, a past Ohio CPA president, Assembly Coordinator and current Annual Convention Exhibits & Sponsors Chair, is the new Chief Student Affairs Officer at Northeast Ohio Medical University. More

Michigan study notes financial aid offsets tuition
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An organization representing the presidents of public universities in Michigan recently released a study showing that increased financial aid means many students aren't paying the full listed price of tuition. Increased financial aid offered by the universities themselves and federal Pell Grant money are major factors helping students avoid paying the sticker price of a college education, according to the study from the Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan. More

ACPA thanks our 2010-2011 corporate partners!
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As we begin the 2011-2012 academic year, ACPA would like to thank all of our 2010-2011 corporate partners, especially our Platinum partners, Education Realty Trust and William Spelman Executive Search. For a complete list of ACPA’s corporate partners, educational partners, and association partners, please click here. More


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