Image of Kate Smanik

Kate Smanik - Careers in Student Affairs Spotlight

As part of Careers in Student Affairs Month, we have invited individuals from different ACPA entities to share their unique perspectives on the field through Career Spotlight Q&A pages. We hope these will be a valuable resource for individuals considering work or graduate school in student affairs and higher education. This submission is from Kate Smanik, representing the Commission for...
Image of the Department of Higher Education Seal

U.S. Department of Education Announces Final Rules to Help Colleges Keep Campuses Safe

The Obama Administration today announced publication of the final rule implementing changes made to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). That law and the new rule strengthen the Clery Act to more effectively address, and ultimately reduce, sexual violence on college...
Image of an Apple on top of Books

U.S. Department of Education Releases Resources to Keep Schools Healthy

As you are likely aware, the United States has been experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness that has been especially harmful to children. At the same time, you and your communities may also have questions about the Ebola virus. To address both public health concerns, the U.S. Department of Education and our federal health partners...
Image of Melanie Guentzel

Melanie Guentzel - Careers in Student Affairs Spotlight

As part of Careers in Student Affairs Month, we have invited individuals from different ACPA entities to share their unique perspectives on the field through Career Spotlight Q&A pages. We hope these will be a valuable resource for individuals considering work or graduate school in student affairs and higher education. This submission is from Melanie Guentzel, representing the Commission for...

Careers in Student Affairs: A Personal Reflection

From the President's Desk

To help celebrate Careers in Student Affairs Month, we are happy to have ACPA President Kent Porterfield share a personal reflection on his experience in the field. Like many of my friends and colleagues in student affairs, I happened upon this career because of the influence of a few key mentors in my life. I did not map an intentional path to a career in student affairs. In fact, I didn’t even...