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A New Affirmative Action
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A new report from the Century Foundation, released before the Supreme Court is set to hear what could be a landmark case on affirmative action in university admissions, argues that universities could become more diverse by eliminating the consideration of race. The report, "A Better Affirmative Action: State Universities That Created Alternatives to Racial Preferences," proposes class-based affirmative action as a replacement for race-based admissions, and analyzes data from the seven states — Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Arizona and New Hampshire — that have stopped using race as a factor in admissions. 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. 18-19 |  Minnesota College Personnel Association Fall Conference
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

Nominate A Colleague For An ACPA Award
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Each year ACPA recognizes the outstanding contributions of deserving colleagues 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.

Online Education Grows Up, And For Now, It's Free
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Online education isn't particularly new. It has been around in some form since the 1990s, but what is new is the speed and scale in which online learning is growing. In barely a year, many of the most prestigious research universities in the world — including Stanford, Caltech, Oxford and Princeton — have started to jump onto the online bandwagon. Those universities now offer classes through consortiums like Coursera, a tech company that's partnered with more than 30 of the top universities in the world to offer online classes from its course catalogue — for free. Other companies offering online courses include Udacity and edX. More

ACPA Foundation October Speaker Showcase
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October Speaker Showcase to benefit the Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute! Gavin Henning, Kathy Obear, Sue Saunders, Dwayne Todd, and Jamie Washington/Sam Offer are offering their wisdom and expertise to you and to the ACPA Foundation. Your winning bid on the Bidding for Good site will give you an excellent speaker for your next professional development program, State/International Division conference or commission leadership development initiative and foster the growth of the New Professionals Institute at the same time. The Speaker Showcase runs Oct. 1-31. Thank you for your continued support of ACPA and the ACPA Foundation! Please contact Kristin Skarie or 585.330.9181.

Public Colleges Pledge To Raise Number Of Graduates, And Seek Help In Doing So
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Nearly 500 of the nation's public four-year colleges have committed to increasing the number of baccalaureate-degree holders by 3.8 million by 2025. But the colleges need help from the federal and state governments to reach that goal, say higher-education leaders. The public colleges' pledge was announced in a conference call with college presidents and officials at two organizations that represent the colleges: the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In signing on to the effort, called "Project Degree Completion," the institutions are promising to do their part to help 60 percent of adults earn a college degree by 2025. More

ACPA Innovation Grants Team — Call For Members
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ACPA has created the Innovation Advocate position and provided a funding source for Innovation Grants to continue its ability to be adaptive, creative and resilient and to encourage innovations throughout the Association through the exploration of new and innovative approaches to our current practices. To implement these grants, ACPA has established the Innovation Grants Team to review grant applications that suggest an innovative approach to Association work. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity and apply to be a member of the Innovation Grants Team online here by November 12, 2012.

More Than 1.9 Million College Students To Receive Financial Aid Shopping Sheet, Providing Easy-to-Understand Information About College Costs
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The U.S. Department of Education announced that already more than 300 institutions have voluntarily adopted the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet for the 2013-2014 school year. The Shopping Sheet is an individualized financial aid award letter in a standardized format that helps students understand their costs and compare financial aid packages from different institutions so they can make smart decisions on investing in higher education. The schools that have adopted the Shopping Sheet so far represent more than 1.9 million students — about 10 percent of the total undergraduate population. More

ACPA Celebrates Careers In Student Affairs Month
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ACPA and the Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals (SCGSNP) are partnering together during the month of October to encourage faculty and staff to promote Careers in Student Affairs Month. Visit our Web site if you are interested to learn more about what you can do on your campus and what other colleagues are doing at different campuses. Resources for undergraduate students are available on the SCGSNP Web page.

50 State Universities With Best, Worst Grad Rates
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College is expensive, but it costs even more for the students who don't graduate in four years (and the odds of pulling this off aren't good). At public universities, 31.3 percent of students graduate in the traditional four years, versus 52.4 percent for those at private, nonprofit institutions. An excellent place to find and compare graduation rates is at the College Completion section on the website of The Chronicle of Higher Education. More

ACPA President's Blog: A Groundbreaking Speaker For A Groundbreaking Convention
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By now you know the ACPA and NIRSA 2013 Convention Teams announced our keynote speaker for our groundbreaking co-located convention in Las Vegas last week. We are honored and excited to have Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry open our annual convention. Let me tell you why we chose this thought leader to speak to you. More

Which Are The Most Social Colleges?
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Social Media has become pervasive. You use it, we use it, even celebrities and sports stars use it. Companies have begun using it long time ago as well and, naturally, colleges and universities have followed suit. After all, most of their current or future students are on some social network, so there's no better way to engage with them. Forget about those old-fashioned bulletin boards and manually-distributed pamphlets! So how are different colleges and universities doing in the social media world? More

Need To Know More About ACPA's History?
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Administrative files, publications and audio-visual recordings are available at the Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State University (Ohio). If you have any questions, please contact Ann Bowers, National Student Affairs Archivist.

Institutions Commit To Providing Millions Of Students With Easy-To-Understand Information About College Costs Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Department of Education knows that students and their families face a difficult task in deciding where to enroll for higher education, and understanding the cost of college — and how to pay for it — can be daunting. Too often, students are left without a clear explanation of what the costs mean or how they compare to other colleges they are considering, and as a result, many students leave college with debt that they didn't fully understand at the time they entered school. More


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