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As 2011 comes to a close, ACPA would like to wish its members, partners, and other higher education professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for higher education, we would like to provide the readers of eCommunity a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.



In this issue:

IASAS 10 Questions Blog Project
Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
20 Surprising Higher Education Facts
'Drunkorexia' Common With College Students
Penn State Students Clash With Police In Unrest After Coach Is Fired
Colleges Try To Unlock Secrets To Student Retention
US Higher Education Failing To Focus On Basic Skills
President To Ease Student Loan Burden For Low-Income Graduates
The Council For The Advancement Of Standards In Higher Education (CAS) Highlights Student Learning Standards
Opinion: Too Lax On College Drinking
The Prevention Paradox And A Public Health Approach To College Student Drinking
How Do We Fix US Higher Education?
Study: Stress Takes Its Toll On Students' Health


IASAS 10 Questions Blog Project
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From Oct. 6: IASAS is the International Association of Student Affairs Administrators. Around the globe, staff working in student affairs and services have different responsibilities and approaches to supporting students. IASAS invites you to share your experience in student affairs and services with your colleagues from around the world by participating in the IASAS 10 Questions Blog Project to contribute." More

Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
Jan. 21-Jan. 25 |  Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute.
Jan. 26 |  Webinar: Teen Mothers and College Attainment: Connecting the Efforts of School/Community Systems and Higher Education.
Feb. 2 |  Webinar: From Standard to Stand Out! Female Leadership in Student Affairs.
Feb. 20-Feb. 21 |  4th Annual Veteran’s Symposium.


20 Surprising Higher Education Facts
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 8: Lynn O'Shaughnessy, nationally recognized college expert, shares some of the latest higher education statistics that you might find surprising. More



'Drunkorexia' Common With College Students
United Press International    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 20: The combination of disordered eating and heavy alcohol consumption known as "drunkorexia" is common among U.S. college students, researchers say. Victoria Osborne, assistant professor of social work and public health at the University of Missouri, examined the relationship between alcohol misuse and disordered eating, including calorie restriction and purging. The study found 16 percent of those surveyed reported restricting calories to "save them" for drinking, and of the respondents, about three times as many women as men reported engaging in the behavior. More

Penn State Students Clash With Police In Unrest After Coach Is Fired
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From Nov. 10: After top Penn State officials announced that they had fired Joe Paterno, thousands of students stormed downtown State College, Pa., to display their anger and frustration, chanting the former coach's name, tearing down light poles and overturning a television news van parked along College Avenue. The demonstrators congregated outside Penn State's administration building before stampeding into the tight grid of downtown streets. They turned their ire on a news van, a symbolic gesture that expressed a view held by many that the news media exaggerated Mr. Paterno's role in the scandal surrounding accusations that a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, sexually assaulted young boys. More

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Colleges Try To Unlock Secrets To Student Retention
Education Week (Subscription)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 22: Record numbers of students flocked to college campuses this fall with high hopes of obtaining what many say is the new prerequisite for a middle-class life: a college degree. But the harsh reality is that little more than half those bright-eyed college freshmen, on average, will actually finish. The gap between access and completion has put a new focus on ramping up retention — the percentage of freshmen who return to the same institution for a second year of college. And that's a task, observers say, for precollegiate educators as well as their college counterparts. More

US Higher Education Failing To Focus On Basic Skills
The Washington Post via The News Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 6: Certainly not for the many young Americans graduating from colleges that have prepared them inadequately for the competitive marketplace in which they find themselves. We often hear lamentations about declining educational quality, but the focus is usually misplaced on SAT scores and graduation rates. Missing from the conversation is the quality of what's being taught. Meanwhile, we mistakenly are wed to the notion that more people going to college means more people will find jobs. More

President To Ease Student Loan Burden For Low-Income Graduates
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 27: President Barack Obama is expected to announce new programs to lower monthly loan payments for some students graduating next year and thereafter and to let borrowers who have a mix of direct federal loans and loans under the old Federal Family Education Loan Program consolidate them at a slightly lower interest rate. Melody Barnes, director of the Domestic Policy Council, said the president would use his executive authority to expand the existing income-based repayment program with a "Pay as You Earn" option that would allow graduates to pay 10 percent of their discretionary income for 20 years and have the rest of their federal student loan debt forgiven. That plan would start next year. More



The Council For The Advancement Of Standards In Higher Education (CAS) Highlights Student Learning Standards
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From Oct. 20: Did you know that CAS is more than just standards for functional areas? CAS has developed three different types of standards to enhance student learning through improved practice. There are standards for functional areas, learning and development outcomes, and characteristics of individual excellence. More

Opinion: Too Lax On College Drinking
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 22: Jim Yong Kim, the president of Dartmouth College, stated, "The rate of student alcohol abuse has remained unchanged for 30 years." He and his colleagues at prestigious institutions of higher learning are perplexed and troubled by this information and are working to reduce alcohol consumption by college students. Yet, given that the legal drinking age is 21, approximately three-quarters of college students are breaking the law when they drink alcohol. More

The Prevention Paradox And A Public Health Approach To College Student Drinking
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From Nov. 10: As part of the new partnership between ACPA and the Healthy Minds Study, co-Principal Investigator Toben Nelson describes a public health perspective on student alcohol use. More

How Do We Fix US Higher Education?
Boston Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 1: A Princeton review survey in 2005 revealed that some of our most prestigious universities have among the lowest student ratings of professor's ability to bring material to life. At the very bottom of a list of more than 350 colleges ranked were a number of well-known, well-regarded schools. What's going on here? More

Study: Stress Takes Its Toll On Students' Health
The Oklahoma Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 13: University of Oklahoma freshman Paige Briscoe always has her nose in textbooks, but the demands of college have her envious of students who seem to manage so effortlessly. "I don't go out and am always working, yet I still feel stressed out about all of my classes," Briscoe said. "I don't know how some people are doing it." Almost half of freshmen college students are feeling the strain of university life and perceive their health to be average or below average compared with their peers, according to a recent study. More


 
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