In this issue:
• Featured Speakers Van Jones And Lisa Ling At ACPA 2012 Louisville
• Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
• ACPA's New Career Central Is FREE For Candidates
• Report: Better Student Data Improves Graduation Rates
• ACPA's Standing Committee For Multicultural Affairs (CMA) Has Issued The Annual Call For Proposals For The 2012 CMA Research Award
• Vets On Campus Face Unique Challenges
• ACPA Supports Carbon Offset At The Annual Convention
• Survey: Most Higher Education Employees Fear Retirement
• Education Secretary Calls For Urgency In Lowering College Costs
• A Possible Model For Higher Education Seen In Tennessee
• The Future Of U.S. Higher Education Conference
Featured Speakers Van Jones And Lisa Ling At ACPA 2012 Louisville
Van Jones is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy, and Lisa Ling is a journalist and international reporter who travels around the world to bring attention to stories that often go unreported. Make sure you have taken advantage of the early-bird convention registration rates.
ACPA's New Career Central Is FREE For Candidates
Also known as C2, the all-new Career Central focuses on college student educators and higher education at large. Both ACPA members and non-members can use Career Central to reach qualified candidates. Currently posted positions include: Academic Advisor; tenure-track faculty; Vice President for Student Life; Psychologist; Assistant Director for Service-Learning; and many, many more. Apply now.
Report: Better Student Data Improves Graduation Rates
Inside Higher Ed
Colleges may be able to improve their graduation rates by gaining a better understanding of the students they enroll, according to a report from the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. The report brings together data from the "freshman survey" by UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program and graduation numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse and aims to help colleges determine if they have actually improved retention rates or if they have simply attracted better students.
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ACPA's Standing Committee For Multicultural Affairs (CMA) Has Issued The Annual Call For Proposals For The 2012 CMA Research Award
The fund provides up to $300 USD to support research/scholarly endeavors that help bring a sense of awareness to the issues and concerns of people of color in higher education. The deadline for applications is Monday, December 19, 2011. All ACPA members are eligible. Graduate students are especially encouraged to apply. Standing Committee membership is NOT required. Award recipients are also asked to submit an article on their research to our quarterly newsletter. Please submit proposals to Tracey Cameron at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals should include the items listed below. Please limit proposals to no more than seven (7) pages.
a) Contact Information (name of the researcher(s), institution, position/title, email, and telephone number)
b) Abstract (no more than 100 words)
c) Background and Significance of the Study (research problem including the proposed rationale, current state of knowledge and potential contributions and significance of the research to student affairs/higher education)
d) Research Design/Methodology (data collection and analysis)
f) Budget Outline (how will funding be used)
Vets On Campus Face Unique Challenges
St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Military.com
With wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down and enhancements to the GI Bill, colleges and universities are expecting a surge in veteran enrollment unseen since World War II. But some academics and veterans' advocates are warning that many colleges are unprepared to deal with the unique needs of former service members. Many veterans face a difficult transition to civilian life, ranging from readjustment issues to recovery from physical and mental injuries. And they say without special attention, many will fail to graduate.
ACPA Supports Carbon Offset At The Annual Convention
Consider contributing $5 to offset ACPA's carbon footprint at the annual convention. ACPA has partnered with NativeEnergy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Survey: Most Higher Education Employees Fear Retirement
Inside Higher Ed
More than 6 in 10 higher education employees fear their retirement savings will not be enough for a comfortable retirement, according to a survey released by Fidelity Investments. The survey found that most employees in academe — regardless of age — feel like novices when it comes to investing their money. More than half of those surveyed reported they feel "overwhelmed" by the investing process and wish they had more guidance from their employers, according to the survey.
Education Secretary Calls For Urgency In Lowering College Costs
The New York Times via University Business Magazine
Education Secretary Arne Duncan in a speech pushed higher education officials to "think more creatively — and with much greater urgency — about how to contain the spiraling costs of college and reduce the burden of student debt on our nation's students." At a time when the Occupy movement has helped push college costs into the national spotlight, the Education Department characterized the speech, delivered in Las Vegas, as the start of a "national conversation about the rising cost of college."
A Possible Model For Higher Education Seen In Tennessee
The typical college student today isn't "typical" anymore: Only 1 in 4 lives on campus and studies full time. But part-timers and commuter students are much less likely to finish — most part-time students are still without a degree or a certificate after eight years. Higher education is desperately looking for strategies that improve those numbers. There might be one in Tennessee.
The Future Of U.S. Higher Education Conference
The New School
Join The New School as speakers discuss the shifting boundaries and roles of the research university. Topics will include the current development of global collaborations and export of the U.S. university model abroad. This public conference aims to engage both experts and the public in discussions that will deepen our understandings of the ways in which higher education is changing and outline the ways in which U.S. university leadership can work to ensure that U.S. universities adapt and thrive as their contexts change.