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ACPA's New Partnership With We End Violence, The Developers And Publishers Of Agent Of Change
ACPA
We are very excited to announce our new strategic partnership with We End Violence, the developers and publishers of Agent of Change. Individual ACPA members receive AGENT OF CHANGE for their own professional development AT NO CHARGE.
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities

Oct. 3 |  Cynthia S. Johnson Student Development Forum
Oct. 5-7 |  New York State Conference — Knowledge, Experience, Innovation
Oct. 8-10 |  Georgia State Conference — Engineering Student Affairs
Oct. 9-10 |  Wisconsin State Conference — Innovate
Oct. 13-15 |  Legal Issues in Higher Education conference
Oct. 19-22 |  Residential Curriculum Institute
Oct. 19-22 |  Pennsylvania State Conference — Connecting the Keystone. Collaborating with Purpose. Committed to Success
Oct. 23-24 |  North Carolina State Conference — No Theme, No Holds Barred
Oct. 23-24 |  South Carolina State Conference — Collaborate
Oct. 24 |  Illinois State Conference
Oct. 27 |  Michigan State Conference — Best Practices to Next Practices, Balancing Tradition and Innovation
Oct. 30-31 |  Minnesota State Conference — Forging Our Future: Prioritizing Equality for Our Student Success
Nov. 2-4 |  Institute for Aspiring SSAOs: Exploring Underrepresented Identities and Career Paths
Nov. 9-11 |  Institute on Social Justice
Dec. 2-5 |  Women's Leadership Institute
Dec. 11-13 |  Leadership Educators Institute
March 5-8, 2015 |  2015 Annual Convention in Tampa


Experts Say Class Size Can Matter For Online Students
U.S. News & World Report
As an undergraduate pursuing a bachelor's in nursing, Ronda Clark was accustomed to taking online classes with 30 or 40 other students. She checked in to discussion forums as required, but felt she didn't have meaningful interaction with her fellow classmates. "It was a free-for-all," says Clark, a military spouse who lives on the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia. "There was little organization." So Clark was pleasantly surprised by the family nurse practitioner online master's program at Massachusetts' Simmons College, which she started in 2013. There, her classes had 15 people maximum and all discussions took place in a live video environment.
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Take Part In Everyone Matters
ACPA
We invite your participation in Everyone Matters, an important diversity and inclusion campaign advocating for EVERYONE'S right to be who that person wishes to be — whatever their race, socioeconomic status, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, ability, worldview, faith and religion, or ethnicity.
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International Visiting Scholars—An Underused Resource
University World News
International visiting scholars are scientists and professors who attend universities in other countries to engage temporarily in research or teaching, while also maintaining affiliation and position at their home universities and returning after the visiting period ends. They usually have doctoral degrees or are professionally trained. Unlike international students, visiting scholars come and leave according to their own schedules. The length of visits varies, ranging from several months to a few years. While some visit by themselves, others travel with family members. Some are junior academics, while others are senior professors. Their previous international academic experiences may also vary.
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ACPA Kicks Off Careers In Student Affairs Month With A 25% Discount On Grad Student Membership
ACPA
To celebrate Careers in Student Affairs Month, we are happy to announce a 25% discount for ACPA graduate student membership during the month of October. Take advantage of this opportunity and help us honor our incredible profession this month.
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Experts Say Class Size Can Matter For Online Students
U.S. News & World Report
As an undergraduate pursuing a bachelor's in nursing, Ronda Clark was accustomed to taking online classes with 30 or 40 other students. She checked in to discussion forums as required, but felt she didn't have meaningful interaction with her fellow classmates.

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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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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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Researchers: MOOCs As Effective For Learning As Traditional Courses
Campus Technology
Massive open online courses can be as effective to help students learn as face-to-face classes — and the learning outcomes will be equivalent whether or not students have advanced college degrees or something far less than that, whether they're academically prepared for the class or whether they perform well or poorly on a pretest. Those results come out of a study performed by a team of researchers from MIT, Tsinghua University and Harvard. According to research published in the current issue of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, students learn equally no matter their level of education, preparation and overall ability in the course.
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#ACPA15 Registration Rates Are Now More Global And Inclusive
ACPA
As we continue to expand access to ACPA Convention to a global population, it is necessary to offer a more inclusive registration structure that increases attendance opportunities. Early registration pricing is lower, and Convention attendees are encouraged to begin planning in advance to reduce their total costs. Early registration runs from the beginning of the 2014 Convention through 11:59pm on December 19, 2014. Regular registration will now run from 12:00am on December 19, 2014, to 11:59pm Friday, February 6, 2015.
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Fewer Than One-Third Of Campus Sexual Assault Cases Result In Expulsion
The Huffington Post
Students found guilty of sexual assault by their universities can rest assured there's a good chance they won't be kicked out of school. If they want someone to thank, they might send their praise to the Association for Student Conduct Administration for telling universities across the nation not to be "punitive" when handling campus rape. Intense focus on sexual assault by college activists, members of Congress and the Obama administration was a catalyst this year to prompt multiple pieces of federal legislation and a White House task force to address how universities deal with campus rape.
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Read Member Of The Week Jason Bertrand's Story And Share Yours!
ACPA
I have been involved with Wisconsin College Personnel Association (WCPA) since moving to Wisconsin from the South five years ago. ACPA and WCPA have given me the opportunity to not only learn from others through various presentations, journal articles, webinars, etc; but I get to share my knowledge by presenting each year at the annual conference and get involved with new technology, like hosting webinars. Share Your Story.
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Colleges Make It Easier For Students To Show, Not Tell, In Their Applications
The New York Times
Madeline McDonough had a wistful "what if?" moment, pondering the offer that her school, Goucher College, has made to applicants: Instead of showing us your grades, send us a video. "I really wish there had been options like that when I was applying to college," said McDonough, 19, a junior studying sociology. "I didn't have the best numbers, and I was stressed, worrying about how to show that I deserved the same opportunities as anyone else." Under the policy announced this month by Goucher, a 1,400-student liberal arts college near Baltimore, a prospective student may apply by submitting two pieces of work (at least one of them a graded high school writing assignment) and a two-minute video, rather than a high school transcript.
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The 2015 Trans Leadership Exchange Building The Power Of Trans And Genderqueer Leaders
ACPA
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force will launch a six month leadership development program for 20 transgender and genderqueer leaders from across the United States. This group of leaders will participate in a learning community that will offer peer coaching, skill building, opportunities for self-reflection, story sharing, and action! Click here to apply today! We welcome participants from a range of backgrounds and traditions; the Task Force is committed to creating multi-racial, gender diverse, accessible spaces in our leadership programs. The Trans Leadership Exchange is available at low or no cost to all accepted participants, based on a sliding scale. No one will be turned away based on finances. We welcome inquiries about the program. Please contact Evangeline Weiss, Leadership Programs Director at the Task Force: eweiss@thetaskforce.org, 919-236-3049. Applications are due by October 15th and we will notify you by November 20th.
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Share Your College Or University's ACPA Story
ACPA
Did you know? When you submit your college or university's ACPA story, you could win 5 complimentary registrations to our Annual Convention in Tampa! Get the details and share your story.
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NCAA Innovations In Research & Practice Grant
ACPA
The NCAA will award $100,000 in grants for the 2015 calendar year to support research and data-driven pilot programs designed to enhance student-athlete psychosocial well-being and mental health. Topics funded by the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program may include, but are not limited to, managing transitions (e.g., from recruit to first-year student; transferring between universities; adapting from youth sports to college sports environment; developing independence from parents), identity development, stress management, substance use, bystander intervention, cultivating healthy relationships, career exploration and sport exit strategies. Grant recipients will be invited to present their work to key stakeholders in intercollegiate athletics in January of 2016 at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio, TX. Proposals will be judged in part on their potential to result in campus-level programming that can positively impact the well-being of NCAA student-athletes. Please go here more information.
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Aspiring To The SSAO Role? Join Us In San Diego!
ACPA
Registration is still being accepted for the Institute for Aspiring SSAOs — Exploring Underrepresented Identities and Career Paths. Make plans now to join us in San Diego in November for this great leadership opportunity!
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Institute On Social Justice Early Bird Registration
ACPA
Vulnerability in social justice education is about pushing boundaries, taking risks, and honoring the selfless acts of agency enacted by past, present, and future social justice journeyers. Our hope for the 2014 Institute on Social Justice is to create a space where vulnerability can truly be a catalyst for learning, innovation, and social change that will create a greater sense and expression of love, compassion, goodwill, and care. Check out the schedule and speakers and make plans to join us in Seattle in November!
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Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium Campus Sustainability Webinar—October 16
ACPA
ACPA members are invited to participate in a fall networking and learning opportunity, sponsored by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC): Civil Discourse and Civic Engagement in Student and Academic Affairs with Planet Education, scheduled for 3pm EST on October 16, 2014. Registration is FREE at http://tinyurl.com/HEASCWebinar.
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