From One Dupont Circle: Quarterly Update

Greetings from One Dupont Circle!

It is hard to believe that we have completed the first decade of the 21st century and started the second decade. Just a decade ago we were all wondering if Y2K was going to be the end of the world. Not only has Y2K come and gone, we are entering a new error of higher education. Think about that?

There are many things happening in your association as well and let me briefly highlight a few:

ACPA Updates

Member Benefits to Professional Members Outside of Higher Education

The membership approved extending full membership benefits to professional members who work outside of higher education. As change has embraced higher education and many campus in the United States have “outsourced” many essential services to organizations and corporations, those professional members employed in a student affairs position may join ACPA and have full membership benefits. The most evident example is the numerous recent graduate students who have completed their higher education degree and were offered employment in a student affairs position that happen to be in a for profit company. Organizations/Corporations like American Campus Communities, Allen and O’Hara, and Capstone offer full time professional positions to recent graduates as well as seasoned professionals. These talented and committed professionals will no longer have to put aside professional association involvement and professional development opportunities because they do not actual receive their paycheck from a college or university.

Economic Recovery Plan Membership

ACPA continues to offer an “economic recovery plan” for our members who have loss their positions due to budget cuts on campus are entitled to receive a complimentary one year extension of membership, while they search for meaningful employment. The process and procedure to do so is on line (

ACPA/NASPA Unification

The Governing Board of ACPA has passed a resolution to support the continuation of talks with NASPA about a possible unification of the two premier associations. The Unification Steering Committee will meet in late January to continue the deliberation of the issues with a desire to move a proposal to a member vote sometime this year. For more information, visit ACPA Web site.

2010 Annual Conference, Boston, MA

The outstanding 2010 Convention Planning Committee has been tirelessly to present you with an outstanding professional development experience in the city of Boston. Please join us March 20 – 24, 2010 for the 86th Annual Convention. There is a phenomenal line up of speakers and cultural highlights that are designed to make us think outside of the box as we plan with our colleagues how to make the student leading experience the best it can be. Join us, it promises to be an experience to strengthen your foundational learning to enhance student learning! There are a few special programs being planned, so please come and enjoy your professional development smorgasbord.

Hot Topics on Campus

Remember??? Near the end of summer I shared with you a list of topical areas that I felt our members should be aware of and asked you can incorporate these new realities into your everyday life. I share those with you again and I ask, “What have you done with this information on your campus?”

  1. Veterans and our campus –  The new education benefit for veterans, military members, reservists and National Guard members who have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, goes into effect August 1, 2009.  Are your campuses ready? Please send me an email and let me know how veterans presence on campus in larger numbers has changed the way you do business?
  2. International Education and the Paul Simon Act – The goal is to increase the number from approximately 270,000 to 1,000,000 students studying abroad by 2017.  We must encourage our students and ourselves to become more familiar with other cultures. Are you and your campus/or division looking at how you can help with this goal?
  3. Sustainability – “Going Green” is the new buzz word around the country and on many campuses.  ACPA has selected two International Sustainability Fellows: Dr. Jeanne Steffes, vice president for student affairs at Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts and Dr. Lindsey Agans, a technical expert on the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) program;  STARS is a voluntary, self-reporting framework for gauging relative progress toward sustainability for colleges and universities.
  1. U.S. Public Service Academy – “We have world class military service academies, that, each year, produce thousands of well educated and highly trained graduates to lead our nation’s armed forces, but no institution exists to mold top-flight public servants.”  These words were taken form Rep. Moran, (D-VA) about the proposed Public Service Academy.  Currently there are 37 house co-sponsors for the bill to create such an academy with many in the Senate.  I urge you to read more about the proposed creation of this new Academy and will lend your support.  You may go to their Web site for more information:

I urge you to continue monitoring these changes and deciding what impact these initiatives will have on higher education and particularly our work in student affairs. Are you ahead of the “game” and ready to make bold new changes to enhance our students’ experience? How can you ensure a quality learning environment exists to support new directions and visions?

Please send inquires and feedback to Greg Roberts at [email protected].

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