“What is the normal state of college students when it comes to activism about political causes? Are young people in universities today anything like their counterparts in Madison, Cambridge, or Champaign-Urbana in the 1960s, or are they more likely to be apathetic and disengaged when it comes to pressing social issues?”
Please join us on Wednesday, August 22 at 2pm EDT for the inaugural âNACAÂ® On the Airâ radio show! Board Chair Dave DeAngelis and guests will be broadcasting live for the hour, discussing various higher education and programming topics. For the first show, we will be covering the following topics:
Â· Welcome Week Activities: Planning & execution, increasing student & family engagement, innovative programming ideas.
Â· Trends in Higher Education: What to watch in the upcoming academic year & beyond.
We want to hear from you on these topics as well! If you have a question or comment, you can call in and be a part of the broadcast, or take part via Twitter using the #NACACHAT hashtag.
Listen online nationwide at www.suffolk.edu/radio. We look forward to hearing from you on August 22!
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I know exactly how to have fun in the summer: Get a head start on student development theory! My friends can make fun of me all they want to, but I have been looking forward to delving into theory ever since I knew I’d be attending graduate school for student affairs. Besides, my faculty advisor…
One week ago, I came home from a fantastic week in sunny Southern California. I started off with a couple of intensive days at the University of California- Riverside participating in the Professional Standards Institute (PSI) and followed that up with four fabulous days at the Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) both sponsored by the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (@ACUHOI -Follow them on Twitter!)
The PSI was the second institute that I’ve attended put on by ACUHO-I, the first being the Chief Housing Officers Institute in 2010. I can say without reservation that these two institutes have been among the best professional development events that I have participated in. While intense, the learning is unsurpassed and the connections among participants and with the faculty (who are AMAZING) really has been the highlight of both institutes for me. Many thanks to the faculty at PSI: Cindy Spencer, Paula Bland, Dima Utgoff, and Paul Jahr and also to the staff in housing and dining at UCR.
I’m not a fan of the word “dorm” either, but I have bigger fish to fry. I’d rather focus on making super people aren’t saying that things are “retarded,” “gay,” “lame,” “ghetto,” etc. Whether it’s a dorm or a residence hall, it’d be good to have it be inclusive first before worrying about the title.
STATEMENT FROM APIASF AND CARE - June 19, 2012
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE)—the leading AAPI student- and research-focused organizations, respectively—are extremely dismayed with today’s release of the new Pew Research Center study, The Rise of Asian Americans, which only reinforces the mischaracterizations of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students that contribute to their exclusion from federally-supported policies, programs, and initiatives. Presenting such findings offer nothing in the way of positive changes for this historically underserved student population. This data only further burdens down Asian American students who have to fight against the “model minority myth;” a misleadingly falsehood that deems them to be well-educated and financially successful.
APIASF and CARE believe the Pew Research Center report is disparaging on many fronts, including: Failure to explore the higher education experiences of Southeast Asians, omission of data on Pacific Islander students, suppression of poverty rates, and dismissal of un-satisfaction levels. In fact, there are significant differences between AAPI student sub-groups in their rate of college enrollment, persistence, and degree attainment.
The buzz today is Obama’s new immigration policy, effective immediately, for illegal immigrants to be able to obtain work permits and be safe from deportation. First of all, I think it’s sad that Obama has to push his agendas through with executive orders because Congress is taking no action….
Hi I’m Julie Larsen and this is the BreakDrink Weekly Dose for the week of June 11th, 2012.
The Department of Education has released it’s now yearly report on the cost of colleges and universities around the country. Connecticut College has pushed Sarah Lawrence out of the number one spot, and some of the for-profit universities have more than doubled in price when it comes down to net cost for students. Public schools in Georgia, Arizona, and California were among those who saw the biggest percentage increase, citing a reduction in state funds as the reason for the large jump.
In an announcement that shocked many members of the campus community, the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia announced Monday that President Teresa Sullivan will be leaving her position after just two years on the job. In a quote by the chair of the board, the university felt that Sullivan “was insufficiently bold and adaptive to the many changes” coming to the campus. Sullivan took office in the midst of the recession and has faced an uphill battle during her tenure. The board is reporting that the agreement is mutual, and her last day will be August 15th.
Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCS) have 1.5 million students through platforms like Coursera, Udacity, and edX — the question now is will these programs be sustainable? Currently, all three ventures are sitting on large venture or endowment funding, but in the long term revenue streams will need to be developed. Ideas include charging students for certificates once “programs” and/or designated course work has been completed, and offering an employer/student matching program in which the organization will earn a small commission on each successful match.
The ever ingenious Huffington Post is giving college and university students the opportunity to publish a portion of their senior thesis. The site says it, “offers students in colleges and universities around the world an opportunity to publish their work while keeping the rights to it.” Interested students can send in an 800-1000 word excerpt, head shot, and two sentence biography to complete their submission. Examples currently on the homepage discuss transmission of HIV through breast milk, a review of a dissertation on LOLCats, and a look at how Judy Blume plays into the socialization of girls.
A group of students at Oberlin posted a video entitled “Stress @ Oberlin” as part of a class project. The college has worked with this particular video class for the past few years to create marketing videos for the college, but now folks wonder if the marketing department needs more influence. While marketing professionals are warning videos that show negative sides of a campus may be harmful, most students and Oberlin staff/faculty are not concerned. Watch the video for yourself at BreakDrink.com.
June is filled with heartwarming stories of students who braved the odds to either enroll in or graduate from a college or university. As a bonus, head over to BreakDrink.com and read the blog post for a few of our favorites so far.