From the Editor – Spring 2015

From the Editor

Welcome to the Spring Issue of Developments! We hope that the many exciting articles appearing in this pre-convention edition will prepare you for the excitement of convening next week in Tampa, Florida for our Annual Convention.

There are many opportunities to connect with members of our team at this year’s Annual Convention.  Here are a few:

Lifting the Cloud on the Publication Process

March 6, 2015

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Marriott Tampa Waterside – Meeting Room 1


ACPA’s Developments: Preparing your Manuscript for Publication

March 6, 2015

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Marriott Tampa Waterside – Meeting Room 1

Thank You

Two members of our team have recently moved on to new endeavors, so I want to publicly thank them for their years of dedicated service to Developments.  Jim Love has served as Associate Editor for Columns for several years. Z Nicolazzo has served on our board for many years as a reviewer, copy editor, and most recently as Associate Editor for Administrative Projects.  I thank both of you for your dedication to Developments and ACPA – College Student Educators International.

Issue Overview

There are many opportunities to engage in thought-provoking professional development in this spring issue.  Our feature columns once again examine a series of important issues: protecting freedom of speech on campus (Legal Issues), the impact of financial aid on community college student decision making (Student Development in the Two Year College) and Ethical Decision Making during Campus Crises (Ethical Issues).

Part II of the Series GLBTQ Retrospective examines the history of GLBTQ programming at both the ACPA and NASPA conferences over the past 30 years.  This important research reminds us about the importance of advocating for issues of inclusion at our annual gatherings.

Finally, we feature two important general submissions.  Robert Bonfiglio examines what is left out of national discussions regarding the rise of administrative structures on college campuses, while Dale O’Neill and Rory O’Neill Schmitt discuss how to create inclusive campus environments for students with autism.

If you will be traveling to convention, I wish all you safe travels.  If we will miss you, I hope this issue of Developments will serve to keep in passionate about professional development and the work on your campus.

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