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4 Free Tools To Help International Students Improve English Skills
U.S. News & World Report
The language barrier is something that all international students aspire to overcome in their years in a U.S. university or college. International students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the American environment and initiate conversations with American students in order to quickly improve English skills. However, for prospective students who have never had a chance to visit an English-speaking country, or current students who are too shy and afraid of their accents to speak frequently, improving their English skills can truly be a struggle. Here are four free, easy-to-use mobile tools that can help international students be more comfortable building their English skills.
Aspiring To The SSAO Role? Join Us In San Diego!
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!
Dozens Of Colleges Are Improving Mental Health Services For Their Students
Two well-known mental health nonprofits recently announced the launch of a program that aims to strengthen mental health services on college campuses and better equip schools to prevent student deaths prescription drug overdoses, alcohol poisoning, and suicide. So far, more than 50 colleges and universities have signed on. Fifty five schools have confirmed their participation in the Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program — a partnership between the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes mental health at college and universities, and The Clinton Foundation Health Matters Initiative, an umbrella organization of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
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Nominate A Colleague For An ACPA Award Today
At the heart of ACPA lies a highly engaged and active membership. Without members like you, ACPA’s mission could not be realized. To recognize the incredible work of our Association, we ask that you please take the time to nominate a colleague for one of the ACPA Awards.
How Do We Assess The Impact Of Internationalization?
University World News
In a world of increasing fiscal constraints, discourses that emphasize measuring impact continue to gain traction. Most recently, the Scaling Social Impact series by Harvard Business Review and The Bridgespan Group focuses on how organizations can have a greater social impact. In the same vein, the Stanford Social Innovation Review also has a special section on innovative ways to measure an organization’s impact on various populations.
Careers In Student Affairs: A Personal Reflection
ACPA President Kent Porterfield
To help celebrate Careers in Student Affairs Month, we are happy to have ACPA President Kent Porterfield share a personal reflection on his experience in the field.
Like many of my friends and colleagues in student affairs, I happened upon this career because of the influence of a few key mentors in my life. I did not map an intentional path to a career in student affairs. In fact, I didn’t even know a career in student affairs was possible until my supervisor opened my eyes to the possibility.
Should Colleges Find A Better Way To Admit Students?
The New York Times
Transcripts, test scores, essays and interviews — these are the tried-and-true ways that most colleges decide which students to admit. But lately it seems more colleges are experimenting with the formula — such as by dropping the test score requirement. Last spring, Bard College announced that student candidates could write four scholarly essays in place of a traditional application. And now, Goucher College is inviting students to submit a two-minute video instead of grades. Should colleges change the way they admit students? Are there better ways to find the best candidates than by reviewing high school transcripts and standardized test scores?
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25% Discount On Graduate Student Membership
The month of October is designated as Careers In Student Affairs Month. As part of this celebration, we are happy to announce a 25% discount for ACPA graduate student membership during the month of October.
Tobacco-Free Campuses: More Colleges Are Banning Tobacco Use
The university system in the state of Georgia announced that its 31 separate campuses will join a growing number of colleges across the country that have completely banned tobacco use, indoors and out. Of the more than 1,800 schools that have adopted similar policies, only two are in Utah. It's time for that to change. Institutions of higher learning are uniformly finding that tobacco prohibitions serve to benefit productivity and protect the health of those who patronize their grounds. Few have found serious opposition to the prohibitions, and there is no persuasive reason why schools in Utah shouldn't follow suit.
None Of Us Ever Stops Learning
Dr. Cindi Love, Executive Director
This is a great time to be at ACPA and on campuses throughout the world. The creative energy potential for change now and in the next generation is palpable and I am excited to be in this moment with all of you. I spent the last decade in roles that were more clearly defined as "executive & activist" than "executive & advocate" and my new role at ACPA is a great exercise for my head, heart and hands in navigating new space. I’ve written a bit about that process in an upcoming ED Blog for October’s emphasis on careers in student affairs, so watch for that on our web site.
Susan Mendoza—Careers In Student Affairs Spotlight
As part of Careers in Student Affairs Month, we have invited individuals from different ACPA entities to share their unique perspectives on the field through Career Spotlight Q&A pages. We hope these will be a valuable resource for individuals considering work or graduate school in student affairs and higher education. Leading off is Susan Mendoza, representing the Commission for Academic Affairs.
Commission On Two-Year Colleges Survey
The Commission for Two-Year Colleges is conducting a brief survey to to help identify the professional development issues and topics related to two-year institutions. Please contact Shammah Bermudez, Commission Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. You may participate in the survey here.
NCAA Innovations In Research & Practice Grant
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 click here for more information.
The ACPA Standing Committee on Men & Masculinities Twitter Chat
Follow @ACPA_SCM on Twitter on October 13 at 7pm EST/6pm CST. We will hear from Dr. Keith Edwards on the issue of engaging college men in sexual violence prevention and awareness efforts. Dr. Edwards serves as the Director of Campus Life at Macalester College and the Co-Chair for the ACPA Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence in Higher Education. He will answer a series of questions during our hour-long chat and those joining the conversation will be able to engage both Dr. Edwards and those present in this crucial conversation.For more information about the upcoming Twitter chat, please email Kyle Ashlee, the SCMM Vice Chair for Research and Scholarship.
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