September, 2023

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Creating a Sustainable Self-Care Routine for Students

Active Minds

Self-care is something that everyone talks about — but what does it actually mean, and how do you create a routine that is both effective and sustainable? As a student, self-care isn’t always easy to fit into my schedule, but it remains an important part of taking care of our mental health. As I’ve learned more about self-care over the years, I’m excited to share more about the art of nurturing our minds and bodies.

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Five Lessons for Turning Practice into Policy

IHEP Institute for Higher Education Policy

Insights from IHEP’s Community of Practice to Policy to Increase Degree Completion By Janiel Santos Higher education can be a pathway to economic security and social mobility – but only if a student earns a degree. Over 40 million Americans have earned some college credits but stopped short of receiving a credential. Between July 2020 and July 2021, 1.4 million more people joined the some college but no credential (SCNC) population, deepening existing inequities in educational outcomes and soci

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The Program Went On As Planned

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The news of Temple University Acting President JoAnne Epps' death on Tuesday, September 19 sent shockwaves across the nation. She was attending a memorial service at Temple for Charles L. Blockson, the legendary Black historian, author, and bibliophile who served as curator of the university’s Blockson Afro-American Collection when she collapsed on stage.

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Procrastination: Why do we do it? My experience.

Student Minds

Alice shares her experience of how she reframed her mindset to see procrastination in a different way and how this has helped her to get things done. - Alice Procrastination: it is more than just being lazy, despite what some people may keep telling you. It’s not ignorance or blatantly not caring. It’s rooted a lot deeper. Now what exactly is procrastination?

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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GOP Seeks to Repeal Biden’s New Student Loan Payment Plan as Millions Sign Up

Student Loan Planner

On Tuesday, Congressional Republicans announced a new effort to repeal President Biden’s new income-driven repayment plan, which administration officials have billed as the most affordable student loan payment plan ever. The Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) plan is replacing the Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) plan. Among other features, the SAVE plan will […] The post GOP Seeks to Repeal Biden’s New Student Loan Payment Plan as Millions Sign Up appeared first on Student Loan P

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How We Engaged Our Community in Suicide Prevention Through Fundraising

Active Minds

Content Warning: This piece contains mentions of suicide. Life for us turned upside down on Feb. 12, 2022. Our dear son Sanjeev Panja lost his life to suicide at the very tender age of 20. Sanjeev was caring, loving, funny, goofy, and an extremely motivated kid — always laughing and making others laugh. The pain and grief we are going through are unimaginable, and no parent should have to go through what we are going through.

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How to Prep for the 2024-2025 FAFSA This Fall

CFAA College Financial Aid Advisors

Fall marks the beginning of the school year for students nationwide. For high school seniors, the fall also marks the beginning of college application season. As we all know, time moves faster once all of the activities and classes begin. Now is the best time. The post How to Prep for the 2024-2025 FAFSA This Fall appeared first on CFAA.

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New Book Centers the Voices of Black Women Department Chairs

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dear Department Chair: Letters from Black Women Leaders to the Next Generation is a compelling book about leadership, service, and the importance of mentorship/sponsorship within the academy. The book is edited by Drs. Stephanie Y. Evans, Stephanie Shonekan, and Stephanie G. Adams. And its publication by Wayne State University Press earlier this month comes right on time, as a new academic school year gets underway.

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Our University Survival Guide

Student Minds

The Student Minds Blog Editorial Team has gathered the tips and experiences of students across the UK to create their first Survival Guide to University. - Student Minds Blog Editorial Team ⭐ What do you think is important for freshers to do in their first week? ⭐ Find a friend :) Try out sports clubs and societies Try your best to get outside and try new things Find their way around classes and learn where lecture buildings are Go to as many freshers events as possible and talk to as many peopl

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Government Shutdown Could Imperil Student Loan Forgiveness and Repayment Initiative

Student Loan Planner

The federal government appears to be heading toward a shutdown. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is trying to quell a rebellion by roughly two-dozen far-right Republicans who want to dramatically slash federal spending. If this relatively small group of lawmakers doesn’t get what they want, and Congress is unable to reach a bipartisan agreement without […] The post Government Shutdown Could Imperil Student Loan Forgiveness and Repayment Initiative appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Coping with the loss of a supervisee to suicide

Counseling Today

One counselor shares his painful story of losing a supervisee to suicide and offers advice on how to cope after traumatic loss. The post Coping with the loss of a supervisee to suicide appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Five Ways Youth Champions Can Practice Suicide Prevention

Active Minds

Last year, more than 49,000 people were victims of suicide , the highest ever recorded in U.S. history. Although talking about mental health and suicide can be challenging, it is a conversation that we can’t avoid. Every year, too many young lives are impacted by mental health challenges, making suicide a significant concern. That’s where what Active Minds calls “Youth Champions” come in — parents, guardians, teachers, administrators, and community leaders alike — who all have an essential

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FY24 Appropriations Process Stunted; Shutdown on the Horizon

COE

FY24 Appropriations Process Stunted; Shutdown on the Horizon September 25, 2023 — by Diane Shust The House and Senate return from recess to address FY24 Appropriations bills and potential government shutdown risks. The House and Senate have returned from their August recesses to continue working on their respective FY24 Appropriations bills. Unfortunately, neither body will complete its work before October 1 , which marks the beginning of the new Fiscal Year, FY 2024.

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Colleges Look to Cluster Hires Amid Diversity Hostilities

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

As a Black woman who studies the educational experiences of Black women and girls, Dr. Tiffany Steele says she always felt like her work was never quite valued. “If you focus on minoritized populations, there’s a lack of understanding about why this research is relevant,” she says. Editors of top-tier journals couldn’t comprehend why she chose to focus on Black women instead of Black people generally, and if she wanted to talk about Black women and girls in the courses that she taught, she had t

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Managing university and mental health

Student Minds

Alice shares her experience of struggling with her mental health whilst being at university and that it's okay to reach out and get support. - Alice I’d always wanted to go to university. I was the nerd, the smart one, the one that everyone had high expectations for. I went to college with high hopes that I’d remain that way, but my mental health had other plans.

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How to Make Sure Your Servicer Calculates Your Payment Correctly

Student Loan Planner

Servicers did not have to calculate monthly payments for more than three years during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now that payments are due again, many borrowers are reporting that their servicer is failing at this most basic task. It’s important to make sure that your student loan servicer calculates your payment correctly, particularly if you’re on […] The post How to Make Sure Your Servicer Calculates Your Payment Correctly appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Reaching Bilingual Teachers Earlier in the Pipeline: Proposed Priorities for the National Professional Development Program

Ed.gov Homeroom

By: Montserrat Garibay, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director, Office of English Language Acquisition I clearly remember my first day of middle school as a newly arrived student from Mexico in Austin, Texas, I didn’t speak a word of English and was nervous to start a new life with my mother and sister. My first class Continue Reading The post Reaching Bilingual Teachers Earlier in the Pipeline: Proposed Priorities for the National Professional Development Program appeared first on ED.gov Blog

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Meet our Fall 2023 Interns and Learn About Their Passion for Mental Health

Active Minds

Welcome our fall 2023 interns, some of our community’s biggest champions for mental health! Each semester, the class of interns at Active Minds plays an integral role in everything from program development, marketing and communications, fundraising and development, and so much more. We couldn’t do our work without our interns, and our team at Active Minds is excited for our community to meet them and see their hand in all of the work we do over the coming months.

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Everything You Need to Complete Your 2024-2025 FAFSA

CFAA College Financial Aid Advisors

The FAFSA is coming. For the 2024-2025 application cycle, the FAFSA will be released in December. If you’re attending college in the fall of 2024, then you’ll likely need to complete the FAFSA this winter. Be sure to review your college’s website to make sure. The post Everything You Need to Complete Your 2024-2025 FAFSA appeared first on CFAA.

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We Owe Student Parents A High-Value College Experience

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Every Fall, school buses are once again a part of our morning commutes. Less obvious are the parents joining in the back-to-school rite of passage alongside their children. Several decades ago, I witnessed this with my Aunt Bobbie, who enrolled in college while her kids were in grade school. In addition to being a college student, she was a wife, mother of three, executive assistant, and an involved auntie.

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Essential skill development for meaningful social connection

Counseling Today

By working on basic developmental social skills, clients with insecure attachment and trauma histories can learn to build healthy, meaningful relationships. The post Essential skill development for meaningful social connection appeared first on Counseling Today.

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What Happens if You Don’t Make Your Student Loan Payments This Fall?

Student Loan Planner

Millions of student loan borrowers will receive their first bills in a matter of days, as student loan payments resume following the end of the Covid-era moratorium. The Biden administration has taken several steps to ease the transition to repayment. The Education Department has discharged billions of dollars in student loan debt under a variety […] The post What Happens if You Don’t Make Your Student Loan Payments This Fall?

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Adult learners: Who they are & what they want from college

EAB

Blogs Adult learners: who they are and what they want from college Across the last few years, colleges and universities have increasingly prioritized adult learner enrollment to offset declining undergraduate enrollment and diversify revenue streams. One hundred percent of the presidents and provosts EAB surveyed in 2022 said adult learner enrollment is a high or moderate priority for their institution.

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Introducing Ready Education’s new CCO - Antoine (Andy) Kearney

Ready Education

We are thrilled to announce that we have a new Chief Client Officer (CCO) joining the Ready Education team: Antoine (Andy) Kearney! Learn more about Andy's impressive background and why we're so excited to have him aboard.

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How to Deal With Worry and Stress

Steve Keating

Dealing with worry and stress is essential for maintaining mental and physical well-being. While it’s natural to experience these emotions from time to time, chronic worry and stress can have a ton of adverse effects on your health. You likely won’t like hearing this but the truth is, most of the stress in our lives is self-inflected. We over commit, we allow others easy access to our time, and we struggle mightily to say the one little word that is a proven stress killer…no.

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An Unexpected Key to Performance in Gateway Math Courses

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

For many community college students, gateway math courses—required for entry into many programs of study—have functioned more like gatekeeper math courses. These classes, such as Introductory Algebra, Statistics, and Trigonometry, have some of the highest rates of failure among all offerings at two-year schools and are considered one of the biggest barriers to an associate degree and to upward transfer, particularly for Black and Latinx students.

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Final rule on Gainful Employment and a new Financial Value Transparency framework

College Aid Services

PRESS RELEASE: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Landmark Final Rules to Protect Consumers from Unaffordable Student Debt and Increase Transparency New actions answer President Biden’s call to hold colleges accountable for rising costs and will protect approximately 700,000 students a year from unaffordable debt and poor earnings outcomes at career programs SEPTEMBER 27, 2023 Contact: Press Office,… More » Final rule on Gainful Employment and a new Financial Value Transparency framewor

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How to Prepare for the Parent PLUS Cliff in 2025

Student Loan Planner

If you have Parent PLUS Loans, you might not realize it, but you could be heading toward a cliff. Starting in 2025, the Department of Education will close a loophole that allows parent borrowers to find relief through income-driven repayment (IDR) and other programs. Once this “Parent PLUS cliff” hits, borrowers will experience reduced relief […] The post How to Prepare for the Parent PLUS Cliff in 2025 appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Navigating white privilege in the counseling room

Counseling Today

Without the awareness and willingness to acknowledge how they have benefited from cultural racism, white counselors risk creating fractured alliances and distrust in the therapeutic process. The post Navigating white privilege in the counseling room appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Department of Public Works Notice: Potential Water Contamination

John Hopkins University Student Well-Being Blog

Note: This letter originally appeared as an e-mail sent to the Hopkins community on Friday September 29, 2023. Dear Johns Hopkins Community, Out of an abundance of caution we are informing you of the following announcement made yesterday by the City of Baltimore. The Department of Public Works announced that routine tests have detected low levels of a parasite called Cryptosporidium in the Druid Lake Reservoir.

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Overcoming Major Disappointments

Steve Keating

Overcoming major disappointments can be a challenging and emotionally taxing process, but it is essential for personal growth and well-being. Here’s a bit of a news flash for some people reading this post… men are emotionally affected by disappointments every bit as much as women. They think they have to “man up” and hide the emotions. That’s not only silly, therapists would tell you it can be dangerous.

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ASALH to Host 108th Annual Meeting Around Theme of "Black Resistance"

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) will host its 108th annual meeting in Jacksonville, Florida, from Sep. 19-24. Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney The convening – it will take place with both in-person and virtual offerings – will revolve around the theme of “Black Resistance,” and feature programming supporting the topic, such as tours, workshops, a film festival, and an author’s book signing series.

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EDExpress 2024–25 Modernization Part 1 Webinar

College Aid Services

As previously announced, the EDExpress for Windows 2024–25 software will have a new user interface and Federal Student Aid is providing users an opportunity to learn more about the changes with a two-part webinar series. The EDExpress 2024–25 Modernization Part 1 Webinar will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023 from 1–2 p.m. ET. Part… More » EDExpress 2024–25 Modernization Part 1 Webinar The post EDExpress 2024–25 Modernization Part 1 Webinar first appeared on College Aid Services.