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Top College Courses, For Free?
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Almost exactly a year ago, Stanford University took a bold step. It opened up an online version of three of its most popular Computer Science classes to everyone around the world, for free. Within weeks, close to 100,000 students or more were enrolled in each of these courses. Cumulatively, tens of thousands of students completed these courses and received a statement of accomplishment from the instructor. This was a real course experience. It started on a given day, and the students would watch videos weekly and do homework assignments. These were real homework assignments for a real grade, with a real deadline. More

Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
Oct. 7-9 |  Michigan College Personnel Association Annual Conference
Oct. 11-12 |  Wisconsin College Personnel Association Fall Conference
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
Oct. 29 |  Webinar: Creating A Gender-Inclusive Campus
Nov. 1-4 |  2012 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference
Nov. 8-9 |  2012 Senior Student Affairs Officers Symposium
Dec. 2-4 |  Institute on Social Justice
Dec. 5-7 |  Symposium on Service-Learning
Dec. 9-11 |  Leadership Educators Institute
Jan. 26-30 |  Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute
Mar. 4-7 |  ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Annual Convention
April 3-5 |  Alcohol Policy 16

ACPA Nominations And Elections
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Among ACPA's values is inclusiveness in and access to association-wide involvement, leadership and decision-making. ACPA's nominations and elections process is an open and inclusive one; please exercise your right and responsibility to lead. ACPA's Nomination and Application process is open from Sept. 27 through Oct. 18. During this time, ACPA members can nominate others and/or apply for the following leadership positions. More

Since Suicide, More Resources For Transgender And Gay Students
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It has been two years since Tyler Clementi, a gay freshman at Rutgers University, committed suicide after learning that his roommate had ridiculed his sexuality and invited friends to spy on him and another man through a webcam. That terrible episode brought the school national attention, none of it welcome: previously known as a large and diverse state school, Rutgers became associated with homophobia and cruelty. But today, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and their supporters can choose from four specialized housing options, three of them new, ranging from a service to pair them with like-minded roommates to Rainbow Perspectives, a floor in a residence hall organized around common interests. More

Webinar: Open To All In Honor Of National Depression Screening Day
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As a professional in higher education, have you ever considered how empathic today’s college students are towards their peers, towards the greater community, even towards their family? Furthermore, what role does empathy play in the development of emotional resilience, in a student’s overall well-being and in their sense of a collective responsibility to help others in distress? Register.

You Got ID?
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Drexel University hasn't even started classes yet — that won't happen until Monday. Which will give Daniel J. Dougherty, executive director of Drexel's Lindy Center for Civil Engagement, precisely 10 days to help all the students who want to qualify to meet Pennsylvania's Oct. 9 deadline for voter registration for the November election. And, thanks to the indecision of Pennsylvania courts, the state's controversial voter identification law is still uncertain — and could be all the way through the deadline, 28 days before the election. More

ACPA President's Blog: Our Work For Society ... And Penguins
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"Welcome to Eugene! We're glad you're here!" were comments that I heard time and time again from people this weekend as I traveled with my university's football team for an away game at the University of Oregon. When I first heard this, I figured that they were trying to soften the blow that they knew was coming on the football field for my team. (We ended up losing 49-0). But I kept hearing it. "Good luck — we hope you have a great time at the U of O!" said others. They came up to shake my hand like I was a celebrity. Comments like that went on and on. More

The Gender Gap In Higher Education
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In the last few decades, the number of American adults pursuing higher education has increased significantly. This has led to the expansion of facilities among the institutions of higher education to provide educational services. A recent study released by Northwestern University shows that the nation's post-secondary educational institutions awarded 2.4 million degrees between 1999 and 2000 compared to 1.9 million in the 1990s. But most of these degrees went to females while few were awarded to males. More

Creating Leaders Who Change The World Tuesday
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Oct. 2, 12p.m. CST
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.

Student Conduct & Education Abroad: What Professionals Need To Know
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Join the Commission for Student Conduct & Legal Issues and the Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development in a Dial-A-Dialogue that will address what leaders of faculty-led study abroad programs need to know in preparing students for their experiences abroad with respect to policy information and on-site emergency situations. Register.

Reports Highlight Colleges That Improve Minority Graduation Rates
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The gap in degree attainment between white students and minorities has been a persistent and troubling trend in higher education. But two new reports by the Education Trust highlight schools that are making progress and explains the strategies used to improve graduation rates for African-American and Hispanic students. The difference in student success in college by race is substantial and relatively unchanged. The Washington-based nonprofit's Advancing to Completion study on African-Americans reports that in 2004, 41.2 percent of black students graduated in six years, compared to 40.6 percent in 2010. More

Melissa Harris-Perry: ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Opening Speaker
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Melissa Harris-Perry is host of MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry." The show airs in the United States on Saturdays and Sundays from 10a.m. to noon ET. She is also professor of political science at Tulane University (Louisiana), where she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. Read more about Melissa.

Evaluating The Bomb Threats
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Is there a pattern? That's the question on the minds of many in higher education with regard to a series of bomb threats that have been taken seriously enough to force campuswide evacuations. Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge received such a threat, and ordered the evacuation of its campus. The threat came over the phone at just after 10:30 a.m. CDT, and within an hour the university was telling everyone to leave the campus. Then a building-by-building search started. At 7 p.m. officials declared that residence halls and some dining facilities were safe for use. And at 10:50 p.m., the university announced that all buildings were considered safe for return. More

Early And No-Excuse Absentee Voting Begins For Upcoming U.S. Elections
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U.S. citizens! If you are unable to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6, early and no-excuse absentee voting may have started in your state of residence. For example, Florida, Colorado and Ohio have started in-person early voting. For a complete listing, visit the National Conference of State Legislatures' Web site.

Consider Study Abroad To Save Money On College
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In addition to going to an in-state school or getting your degree early, another way to save money on college may be to study abroad for a semester or year, depending on the program. The key is to head to a country where higher education is cheap or free, even for noncitizens. Norway, for instance, doesn't charge anyone tuition. Many other European countries assess visiting international students only nominal fees, typically under $1,000 per semester, at their public universities. More

Commission For Student Involvement, Standing Committee For Women And Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion And Meaning Co-Sponsor Common Read
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The Commission for Student Involvement, the Standing Committee for Women; and the Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion and Meaning are excited to invite you to be a part of a common reading. The book is Brene Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection. This book critically explores the notion of "wholehearted living" where the reader is invited to cultivate their understanding of courage, compassion, and the connection that comes from being vulnerable and living with integrity. This is a must read for the student affairs professionals who strives to not only lead from the head, but also the heart. If you are interested in participating in this common read, please fill out this form by Wednesday, Oct. 31.


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