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  • Priority Deadline is May 1
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  • Priority Deadline is January 15
  • Publish Date: February 15

The Commission on Student Development in the Two-Year College publishes an e-newsletter three times a year. The e-newsletter’s purpose is to further the commission’s mission by providing both a tool for communication as well as a resource for information relevant to student development in the two-year college.

Submission Guidelines

  • This informal newsletter does not require an exhaustive adherence to APA format, but if you include references, please list them in APA format.

  • The newsletter welcomes a wide variety of submissions including relevant announcements, short articles about campus practice, opinion pieces, and previews of upcoming presentations (i.e. Convention).

  • Submissions are due in the form of a Microsoft Word document, .txt file, or other Microsoft Office-friendly format.

  • Authors must obtain permission to submit articles previously published in other publications.

  • Authors may be individuals outside of either the commission or ACPA

  • No article submission should exceed 750 words. The Newsletter Editor reserves the right to edit articles to meet the 750 word limit.

Article Topics

Though the newsletter welcomes various types of article submissions, the following types of articles and their individual requirements will be featured more regularly in the newsletter (effective Spring 2010).

“Make a Difference” (500 word maximum/submission)

This section of the newsletter is an opportunity for you to talk about ways that community colleges or perhaps your own community college has made a difference in the lives of students, the community, or in the field. This article should also be tied into the theme of the next convention.

“Best Practices in Community Colleges” (500 word maximum/submission)

This section can be used to inform fellow professionals on how to accomplish a certain task, develop a type of program, advise a certain type of student, or improve the functioning of their office through practices that the writer deems as exemplary.

“News for Community Colleges” (750 word maximum/submission)

Given that current events and trends can have a direct impact on the work we do in student development, it is important for us to be knowledgeable and prepared. This section of the newsletter allows article submissions to highlight or synthesize the national concerns that can affect us locally.

“Professional Development Resources” (250 word maximum/submission)

Sometimes we face the problem of not having enough resources relevant to the problems we face. However, we also have the problem of having too many resources with too little time to sift through them in order to find the best information. This section is an opportunity for you to review articles, websites, or any other resource that would be helpful to professionals in the field.

“Book Review” (250 word maximum/submission)

Similar to the “Professional Development Resources”, this section is looking to help point professionals towards helpful books that will serve as key resources.

“Profile of a Community College Leader” (250 word maximum/submission)

Whether it be the director in your office or the president of your institution, we’re looking to feature leaders in the field who have interesting stories about their time in the field and the contributions they’ve made. This may take the form of a biography or an interview. Articles should be accompanied by a picture of the individual. Permission should be obtained, when submitting such photos.

“Spotlight on a Convention Community College” (250 word maximum/submission)

This section simply features a community college in the host city of the upcoming convention. The article can discuss the history of the college as well as any achievements or programs that it might be known for locally. Articles should be accompanied by a picture of the institution. Permission should be obtained, if needed, when submitting such photos.

If you have questions or newsletter submissions, please contact the Communications Co-Coordinator, Joe Palencia.