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As 2012 comes to a close, ACPA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, 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. 3.

In This Issue:

StudentAdvisor Ranks Top 100 Social Media Colleges
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May 17, 2012: The University of Kentucky not only won the NCAA 2012 title but also ranked No. 7 in the Spring 2012 Top 100 Social Media Colleges list. To gain better insight into The University of Kentucky's social media winning formula, how the social media elements of their "see blue" admissions marketing campaign became a movement and how UK makes social media rule during the sports seasons, Student Advisor spoke exclusively to Whitney Hale, social media guru at the University of Kentucky. More

The Chronicle Of Higher Education Rates 2012's Best Colleges To Work For
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Aug. 9, 2012: In The Chronicle of Higher Education's fifth annual survey of faculty and staff, 103 colleges were recognized as "Great Colleges To Work For" based on several categories measuring the schools as a workplace environment. Endicott College, which made the Chronicle's Honor Roll list, received praise from its employees for its administration's policy of talking through contractual agreements in informal, as well as formal, settings. The employees attributed this policy as one of the factors that altered a once tense and distrustful relationship between employers and employees at the school. More

Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Campuses Include UMass Amherst And UVM
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Aug. 23, 2012: Two New England universities — UMass Amherst and the University of Vermont — took top honors in the 2012 annual rankings of LGBT-friendly campuses released by Campus Pride in conjunction with HuffPost Gay Voices. Campus Pride's LGBT-friendly Campus Climate Index rates institutions of higher education on a scale of 1 to 5 stars based on criteria set in eight categories: LGBT Policy Inclusion, Support & Institutional Commitment, Academic Life, Student Life, Housing & Residence Life, Campus Safety, Counseling & Health, and Recruitment and Retention Efforts. More

9 Ways Students Can Use Social Media To Boost Their Careers
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Feb. 16, 2012: If you're a Generation X-er or older, you likely use social media to cut it in the real world. You may also use social networks for personal reasons, but it's always with the understanding that you're a professional. But newer generations of college graduates began their social media experience as a very personal one. And the shift to using social media for career development may seem optional. But it's a necessary evil at the very least, and can actually be quite beneficial to your future at the very best. Mashable highlights a few things students should consider when starting to use social media professionally. More

In A Family's Grief, Determination To Force University To Tell Parents Of Suicidal Students
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Jan. 5, 2012: The issue of when colleges should notify parents their adult children may be suicidal remains fraught with legal, medical and ethical dilemmas. In an agreement finalized by a judge in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit brought by the family of a Virginia Tech student who killed himself, the parents of Daniel Kim settled with the school for $250,000, plus an endowed scholarship in Daniel's name. But the student's father also insisted that the agreement include language requiring Virginia Tech to notify parents of a potentially suicidal student unless it documents a reason not to do so. More

The Mental Health Crisis On Campus
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Sept. 13, 2012: In late August, as the first leaves changed from green to red and gold, university ghost towns were coming back to life. Residences were dusted out. Classrooms were readied. Textbooks were purchased — and new outfits, new computers, new posters to decorate dorm room walls. Amid this bustle, construction workers at Cornell University began installing steel mesh nets under seven bridges around campus. They overlook the scenic gorges for which Ithaca, N.Y., is known; in early 2010, they were the sites of three Cornell student suicides of a total of six that year. Students cross the bridges daily on their way to class. More

The World's Most Reputable Universities
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March 22, 2012: Harvard is the world's most reputable university, according to a new ranking just released by Times Higher Education, a London-based magazine. Its second annual reputation ranking, which identifies the top 100 universities in terms of academic prestige, is based on a global, invitation-only opinion poll carried out by Ipsos for Times Higher Education's rankings data supplier, Thomson Reuters. This year they received 17,554 responses from senior, published academics. More

What Higher Education Will Look Like In 2020
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Aug. 22, 2012: Experts predict technology will facilitate distance learning outside of traditional classrooms, according to a survey published by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. In the study, 1,021 education experts and stakeholders including technology researchers, university directors, venture capitalists and Ivy League university professors, relayed their predictions about the future of higher education. More

Uptick In College Students Seeking Counseling, Financial Support
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Sept. 13, 2012: Depression, anxiety and stress typically rise when teens enter college, and the risk is highest among students who try to cope in unhealthy ways, such as abusing cigarettes, alcohol or drugs (think "Animal House"); denying they have any problems, or blaming themselves for their difficulties, according to a University of Kentucky study published earlier this year in the journal Issues in Mental Health Nursing. More

Why The Internet Isn't Going To End College As We Know It
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July 5, 2012: The idea that the Internet is about to do to college what it's done to journalism and entertainment seems to be coming dangerously close to conventional wisdom in certain elite circles. There is no question that the Web will change the way people learn. And the increasing cost of college is a public policy problem that we desperately need to solve. But the Web simply is not about to end higher education as we know it. New innovations don't disrupt old industries by merely competing with them. They do it by cutting into their source of revenue. As George Washington University's David Karpf has noted, if the Internet is to conquer higher education, it needs to hit colleges in the pocket book. And so far, there's no sign of that happening. More


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