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Register Now: ACPA Presidential Symposium
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The ACPA Presidential Symposium is a one-day workshop designed to motivate you in your current position and provide an enriching professional development experience. Each year, the current ACPA president will offer an opportunity for student affairs colleagues to gather to discuss current topics and trends, while also giving participants a venue to problem solve and strategize with some of the best "thinkers" in our profession. This year, we will build on Dr. Keith Humphrey's comments in his presidential address and provide conversations, program sessions and opportunities for participants to dialogue on topics such as student success, campus-based partnerships, and organizational issues. More

Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
April 17 |  Webcast: Money Talks: Evaluating the Job Offer and Salary Negotiation
April 26 |  Now That You’ve Got ‘Em: Onboarding and Retaining Your Employee Talent
May 8 |  Internship Best Practices Workshop at TCU
May 17-18 |  Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program Facilitator Training and Conference
May 17-18 |  The Big Ideas in Higher Education Conference
May 18 |  ACPA Presidential Symposium
June 3-5 |  ACPA Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute
June 13-15 |  ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute
June 17-19 |  ACPA Institute on Sustainability
Nov. 1-4 |  2012 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

ACPA Career Central: Higher Ed Hires Here
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ACPA is your source for the latest job postings. Whether you are looking for a vice president position or hall director, ACPA Career Central has you covered. More

Senators Introduce Bill For Counseling On Private Student Loans
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Two U.S. Democratic Senators introduced a bill that would require colleges to counsel students before they sign on to private loans and inform them if they are eligible for federal loans. The "Know Before You Owe Act of 2012" also would require the borrower's school to confirm the student's enrollment status, cost of attendance and estimated federal financial aid assistance before the private student loan is approved, according to a statement released by U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill. Private loans don't have the same kinds of protection as federal loans, which include income-based repayment and deferment options. U.S. educational debt has reached $1 trillion, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. More

ACPA Past President Profile: Melvene Hardee
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Dr. Melvene Hardee was Professor of Higher Education at Florida State University when she became the eighth woman president of ACPA in 1962. Hardee came to Florida State via Stephens College and the University of Chicago, where she completed her Ph.D. in Student Personnel Administration and studied with Carl Rogers. Hardee spent most of her career at Florida State University where she worked from 1948 through 1990. Her legacy is evident at Florida State and beyond. The Hardee Center for Women was established and she was an integral contributor to the ACPA Generativity Project. More

US Online Startup Seeks To Rival The Ivy League
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Former Silicon Valley CEO Ben Nelson has two years and $25 million to transform higher education. The 36-year-old executive, who has run the Snapfish photo-sharing website and the Redbeacon home-maintenance site, said that he had landed $25 million in seed money for an audacious new venture: creating an elite global university online. From scratch. The Internet already teems with online universities, both private and public, respected and questionable. But Nelson is betting the world could use a brand-new model. He is not alone; several other high-profile educational entrepreneurs have launched innovative ventures this year in hopes of harnessing the Internet to upend the ivory towers. More

'Why Aren't We There Yet?' Now Available For Purchase
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This book focuses on guiding individuals and groups through learning how to have difficult conversations that lead educators to act to create more just campuses, and provides illustrations of multiple ways to respond to difficult situations. It advocates for engaging in fruitful dialogues regarding differing social identities including race, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual orientation, to lead readers through a process that advocates for justice, and for taking personal responsibility for contributing to the solution. More

Scott Jaschik: Backward On Racial Understanding
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One stereotype about college is that the experience encourages students to be more interested in diversity and promoting racial understanding. To some this is a great virtue of higher education; to critics, this suggests academe is too focused on diversity. What if they are all wrong? A new study being presented at this year's annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association suggests that as undergraduates progress in higher education, they become less interested, on average, in promoting racial understanding. The study finds that this is true across racial groups — although it finds some characteristics of the college experience that may make students more interested in racial understanding as they proceed from freshman to senior year. More

Unemployment Falls Fast In US If Men Get College Degree
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After serving time in a Virginia prison following convictions on gun and drug-possession charges, Sean Collins-Harris decided he would fight the odds against his ever returning to white-collar work with the only tool he had: education. "I refused to believe that I was going to be confined to a blue-collar world," said Collins-Harris, 28. Today, Collins-Harris has a master's degree and works for a property-management company in Virginia Beach. It took going to prison where he says he buffed floors for 27 cents an hour for Collins-Harris to understand what so many young American men don't. "It is terrific that women are getting higher levels of education," said David Autor, professor of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. "The problem is that males are not." More


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