President’s Column: 2017 in 280 characters

By David Burge

Other than the return of Stranger Things and Game of Thrones, the biggest news of 2017 had to be the evolution of Twitter, which expanded its historical limit of 140 characters to 280 characters. Do we literally have that much more to say to one another or is it just a really, really, really, really, really easy way to get sloppy with our word economy? Perhaps it’s both.

As we march toward the end of the calendar year, spending time with family around the holidays and practicing the gentle art of self-care, it’s time to reflect on the year's most important developments in NACAC's world using the language of our time.

Here are the top stories of 2017, each told in 280 characters or less.

1: 2017 was a year full of tension and stress, of widening political divides, of activism, of social media shouting, and of rude awakenings for many previously unaware of problems facing the other side. The year of #resist, #maga, #fakenews, and #takeaknee.  

2: College graduates in 2017 were welcomed to jobs with all-time high salaries --14 percent higher than the year before the Great Recession. Nearly seven in 10 seniors who graduated from public and non-profit colleges had student loan debt. #investinyourself

3: Universities adopted accommodations for those affected by disasters, several offered free tuition to students from Puerto Rico. NACAC updated its ethical guidelines to cover hundreds of thousands more students by addressing transfer and international specifically. #nacaccares

So, keep up the good work everyone — and don’t get distracted from the critical role you play every day. Most importantly, as this roller coaster of a year comes to a close, take a moment today to celebrate the good things all around you. See you in #2018: We’ll pick up where we left off and work even harder to improve the lives of our students every chance we get.

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