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ACPA Partners With Noel Levitz For The Symposium For The Recruitment And Retention Of Students Of Color
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ACPA is pleased to partner with Noel Levitz to present the Symposium for the Recruitment and Retention of Students of Color, April 14-15th in Indianapolis, Indiana. Program proposals are now being accepted for this Symposium. Click here to submit your proposal before January 2nd, 2014.
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities

Jan. 25-29, 2014 |  Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute
Feb. 23-25, 2014 |  A Veteran Symposium for Higher Education
March 29-30 |  2014 Next Generation Conference (Undergraduates only)
March 29 |  2014 Institute on Sustainability
March 30 – April, 2014 |  ACPA Indianapolis Convention


After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought
The New York Times
Two years after a Stanford professor drew 160,000 students from around the globe to a free online course on artificial intelligence, starting what was widely viewed as a revolution in higher education, early results for such large-scale courses are disappointing, forcing a rethinking of how college instruction can best use the Internet. A study of a million users of massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, released this month by the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education found that, on average, only about half of those who registered for a course ever viewed a lecture, and only about 4 percent completed the courses.
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ACPA To Launch New Web site In New Year
ACPA
In an ongoing effort to improve the member experience, ACPA is launching a new Web site in 2014. New features will include a fully responsive design, more accessible content, and a visually appealing layout. Stay tuned for more!
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Reports: College Costs Rising More Slowly, But Aid Still Not Keeping Up
The Christian Science Monitor
The spiraling rise of both college costs and student debt has slowed, according to a new report from the College Board. But even though costs aren't rising as steeply as they were, they are still rising, and the failure of aid to keep pace with tuition increases means that the net cost students pay for college continues to go up. That's one conclusion from the 30th annual "Trends in College Pricing" and "Trends in College Aid" reports the College Board released Wednesday. Taken together, the comprehensive reports provide not just a snapshot at how both tuition and student aid are shifting in the most recent year — in which they have been under scrutiny by policymakers determined to make college more affordable — but also how they’ve changed over the past three decades.
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After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought
The New York Times
Two years after a Stanford professor drew 160,000 students from around the globe to a free online course on artificial intelligence, starting what was widely viewed as a revolution in higher education, early results for such large-scale courses are disappointing, forcing a rethinking of how college instruction can best use the Internet.

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How College Health Centers Help Students Succeed
Forbes
Of all the dramatic changes in higher education in recent years, one that goes largely unnoticed is the tremendous growth in the mission, services, and facilities of health centers. Decades ago most colleges and universities believed their only responsibility for student health was to set up a clinic to treat the sick and injured.

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10 Colleges With The Highest Rate Of Student Internships
U.S. News & World Report
It's a tough job market for recent college graduates. Of the workers who graduated from college in the past two years, 41 percent say they are underemployed and working in jobs that do not require their college degrees, according to a 2013 survey from Accenture, a consulting company.

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Shop Through AmazonSmile And Support ACPA
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Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to ACPA whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. For more details, visit the AmazonSmile Web site for ACPA.
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Study: Many College Students Fail To Finish Their Degrees
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Fewer than half of all students who entered college in 2007 finished school where they started, and almost a third are no longer taking classes toward a degree anywhere, according to review released Monday. The dire numbers underscore the challenges that colleges confront as they look to bring in more students and send them out into the world as graduates. The numbers also could complicate matters for students at schools with low graduation rates; the U.S. Department of Education's still-emerging college rating system is considering linking colleges' performances with federal financial aid.
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Sign Up To Be A Volunteer At The ACPA 2014 Convention
ACPA
Volunteers play a big role in ensuring the success of the Annual Convention. Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas ranging from registration, hospitality or helping candidates in Career Central. You may sign up as a volunteer through the convention registration process. Although volunteer sign-ups will be available on-site, we strongly encourage you to sign up no later than Friday, February 21, 2014 to ensure your preferred choice. Questions regarding the sign-up process and volunteer opportunities can be directed to Susan D. Johnson at sjohnson@luminafoundation.org.
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Student Engagement — Between Policy-Making And Scholarship
University World News
Student engagement has become a buzzword in higher education policy and scholarship. It has become part of the higher education reform agenda in many countries around the world where it is linked to modernisation of teaching and learning, quality of student services or quality of the entire student experience while in higher education.
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Pecha Kucha Proposal Submission Deadline Is Tomorrow
ACPA
At the ACPA Indianapolis Annual Convention, we will host the inaugural Pecha Kucha event on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. We are currently accepting proposals through our online submission form through tomorrow Friday, December 20, 2013. On the Convention Web site, you can find resources on developing a strong Pecha Kucha presentation and view a list of people you will be presenting alongside. If you have any questions, please e-mail cmbailey@utep.edu.
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How Many College Students Graduate?
CBS News
Despite major efforts to improve U.S. college graduation rates, progress appears to have stalled. According to a new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, six-year graduation rates for students who started college in 2007 remained flat compared with the previous year. Only fifty-six percent of students who enrolled as first-time students six years ago have earned either a degree or a certificate. That's the same graduation rate for students who started college in 2006.
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Commission For Student Involvement Membership Survey By Sarah Hermsmeier, CSI Chair-Elect
ACPA
The Commission for Student Involvement (CSI) wants to hear your opinions through the recently launched CSI Member Survey! All current and past CSI members are invited to complete this survey before Monday, Dec. 23 at 11:59pm EST. We encourage all CSI members, present and past, to engage in evaluating the CSI in areas such as communication, programs and initiatives, overall engagement, and needs assessment. The findings of this survey will be used to assess the Commission's work to date, as well as set the overall course for the next two years. If you have further questions, please feel welcome to e-mail CSI Directorate Governing Board Member Matthew Vetter.
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Career Central Employer And Job Seeker Guides Are Now Available
ACPA
Are you planning to participate in Career Central at Convention? Our Employer Guide and Job Seeker Guides are now available here. Learn more about the schedule for Career Central at Convention and make your plans to participate today. Need assistance? Contact Ted Carroll, Program Manager for Career Central and Global Initiatives at tcarroll@acpa.nche.edu.
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