February, 2024

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When a Lesson on Diversity Goes Wrong

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Recently, yet another case of traumatic racism made the headlines. A two-year old Black girl (toddler) was fingerprinted and handcuffed by a white classmate during a play about Rosa Parks. While we often cannot know intentions, the impact of such incidence is profound. This is especially unfortunate as there are numerous cases of related forms of school-based discrimination in the U.S.

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Is Self-Care Selfish? Self-Centeredness vs. Selflessness in Mental Health

Active Minds

In life, we often find ourselves swaying to the rhythms of obligations, responsibilities, and the needs of others. Amidst all this, it’s easy to lose sight of the most essential melody: the tune of self-care and self-love. We tend to gravitate towards our daily obligations and responsibilities and repress the self-care necessary to allow us to carry on these activities.

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Finding support at university

Student Minds

The Editorial Team have come together to share their thoughts on finding support at university. - Student Minds Blog Editorial Team ⭐ How could you reach out for support? ⭐ Taylor: Reaching out can seem the most daunting step, especially when you have to figure out how to put your feelings into words. But this can be made easier, with a solid and safe network of people you trust and can talk to when times are tough, or by knowing who you can reach out to professionally at your university.

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Meet the Your Place in Space Challenge Winners

Ed.gov Homeroom

High school teachers across the country worked with their students this past fall to enter the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department’s) Your Place in Space Challenge. The challenge was the first in the CTE Momentum series, which prepares high school students for rewarding careers and increases access to career and technical education (CTE). Through the Continue Reading The post Meet the Your Place in Space Challenge Winners appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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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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2024 Tax Issues for Student Loan Borrowers: What You Can’t Afford to Miss

Student Loan Planner

The 2024 tax filing deadline is a mere eight weeks away. While some people might wait until the last minute to file their taxes, others are getting their documents in order now. For student loan borrowers, the environment is as complex as ever, with a broad array of new programs, laws, temporary initiatives, and expiring… The post 2024 Tax Issues for Student Loan Borrowers: What You Can’t Afford to Miss appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Sacramento State Creates Nation's First Black Honors College

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Sacramento State — home to the largest number of Black students within the California State University (CSU) system — is launching what will become the nation’s first-ever Black Honors College. Slated to begin operating in the fall, the honors college will enroll students who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and an interest in Black history, life, and culture.

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Simple Ways to Bring Mental Health Conversations to Your School This Year

Active Minds

For many of us, mental health has become intertwined into our everyday conversations — chatting with our friends about daily stressors, reading social media posts about managing anxiety, and meeting with a therapist when things feel out of control. However, as commonplace as mental health can feel to some of us, that simply isn’t the reality for many people.

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Embracing a New Chapter: My Ambitions and Aspirations for the New Year at University

Student Minds

Our author shares her thoughts and feelings about the new year and what her aims are. - Anon As the new year begins, I find myself standing at the threshold of a fresh chapter in my academic journey. The canvas of 2024 awaits, and with it, an array of ambitions and aspirations that I am eager to bring to fruition during my time at university. First and foremost, the advent of a new year invites reflection and the setting of goals.

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Choosing a College by Major?

Counselors' Corner

by Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. On the face of it, it seems like a simple enough question—what will you major in when you go to college? Most colleges use majors as the building blocks for departments, degrees, and even housing, so they must be pretty important. But there’s a dark side to all this majoring business. Ask the average 17-year-old what they’d like to do with their life, and the honest answer would likely have something to do with eating cereal for dinner, and staying in their pajamas til

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How to Lead Yourself

Steve Keating

Most leaders have had less than 5 hours of formal training in their entire careers. Upon ascending to a leadership role they assume that their title or position makes them a leader. That is by far the most common mistake people new to a leadership role make. It is also one of the most costly mistakes they will ever make. It costs them the opportunity to truly have a positive impact on the people they could actually lead.

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For the Culture: A Personal Reflection of Resilience, Inspiration and Advocacy

Believe in Students

There are many aspects of Black History Month that I hold close to my heart. However, a couple stand out, especially as I reflect on how often I am the only Black person in many of the professional spaces I occupy. First, I am profoundly moved by the purposeful, anti-performative efforts from our organizations and institutions to elevate Black voices, commemorate Black achievements, and pay homage to the towering Black figures—upon whose shoulders I stand—whose indomitable spirit has shaped both

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New Ways to Support Community College Student Health

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A widespread health crisis is undermining American community colleges, with many current and potential students exhibit high rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, food insecurity, and more. The challenges predate the pandemic but were exacerbated by it. The COVID-19 infection itself also appears to have made the situation worse.

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Mental Health, Movies, and Mission: Meet the Spring 2024 Interns

Active Minds

Welcome to our spring 2024 interns, our biggest advocates for mental health awareness! Every semester, our class of interns at Active Minds contributes to important initiatives, including chapter support, program development, fundraising, and so much more. We’re thrilled to see all the work our interns will do during these coming months and their contributions toward mental health awareness.

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SAIG Software, EDconnect 8.6.1 Updates are Now Available; Required for 2024-25

College Aid Services

The Department of Education has released an updated version of Edconnect 8.6.1, which is now available on the Knowledge Center’s “Software and Other Tools” website. The upgraded software is required to receive Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) in the new FTI-SAIG mailbox for the 2024–25 award year and beyond. POSTED DATE February 27, 2024 AUTHOR… More » SAIG Software, EDconnect 8.6.1 Updates are Now Available; Required for 2024-25 The post SAIG Software,

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An Open Letter to Education Secretary Cardona

Counselors' Corner

by Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. Mr. Secretary: I don’t often speak on behalf of the school counselor profession, even though I’ve been president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and inaugural School Counselor Ambassador Fellow at the Department of Education (ED). But, circumstances being what they are, and emboldened by this being National School Counseling Week, I’m going to roll the dice of drawing the ire of some colleagues and speak for the team.

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How to Overcome Fear

Steve Keating

Our mind can play all kinds of tricks on us. It can fool us into believing things that aren’t true and disbelieving things that are. The “experts” say the only place fear exists is in our minds. I’m not so sure about that, it seems very real to me at times. But then I think about watching a scary movie and jumping out of my seat as if the scary thing can get to me.

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6 ways we’re supporting children and young people with their mental health

The Education Hub

Schools and colleges play an important role in promoting and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students through creating safe, calm and supportive learning environments. Student voice is key to schools and colleges having an effective approach to wellbeing and is part of our mental health guidance for schools and colleges. Involving students in decisions that impact them can benefit their mental health and wellbeing by helping them to feel part of the school, college and wider commun

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Report Finds 'Call Deflection' Loan Servicing Scheme

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC) released the results of a years-long investigation into industry mismanagement of the student loan system. “This report shines a spotlight on the incompetence, malfeasance, and blatant disregard of a company that should be trying to help borrowers achieve their dreams,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten.

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How Active Minds Speakers Can Help You Create Lasting Mental Health Change

Active Minds

Research shows that peer-to-peer outreach is the best way to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health and to encourage people to seek help if they need it. Since 2009, the Active Minds Speakers have provided mental health outreach for students and young adults nationwide, sharing their personal stories regarding mental health struggles and resilience.

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Department of Education Lays Out Next Steps for 24-25 FAFSA

College Aid Services

As part of their ongoing Better FAFSA support strategy, the federal government has outlined what institutions can expect over the next several days in terms of implementation support. These resources include a technical update to the SAI formula, the release of 100 test ISIRs, open-source tool enhancements, and testing for FTI-SAIG mailbox connectivity.

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How to Manage Shame in Supervision

Counseling Today

Learn how supervisors can sometimes be the source of a supervisee’s shame and 10 ways to avoid it. The post How to Manage Shame in Supervision appeared first on Counseling Today.

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How to Work With a Know It All

Steve Keating

I had an “interesting” conversation with someone a week or so ago. I’ve known this person for a while and have found them to be difficult to help. I have even described them as virtually uncoachable. But I’ve kept trying and my effort led us to a conversation that explains why they are so difficult to help. This person is somewhere in their early 50’s, at least that’s my best guess.

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research key words – significance

Patter by Pat Thomson

We all want to do research that matters. Right? Surely no one out there wants to spend a load of time and energy doing research that is of no value, that nobody will take any notice of and that won’t make an iota of difference to anyone anywhere? Why do that? Of course, there is a road between the research results and having it taken up. So rather than making a difference, research has to have real potential to do something – stimulate other work, bring about a change in a field, explore somethi

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AERA Announces 2024 Fellows

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

AERA Fellows were announced on Thursday and a distinguished list of researchers topped the list including Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson. Jackson, a professor and dean of the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Education, is among 24 exemplary scholars selected by the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson “The 2024 AERA Fellows join an exceptional group of scholars, and we are thrilled to welcome them,” said AERA Executive Director Dr.

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A New Approach to College Admissions Testing Policies

Counselors' Corner

by Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. Dear Junior: You’ve probably heard many colleges are updating their admissions policies regarding the submission of test scores. Since you’ve expressed an interest in applying to Everold College, we thought we’d reach out and let you know we’ve updated our policy as well. Everold had long required SAT or ACT test scores, feeling these scores give us a clearer understanding of where students stood nationally.

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Department of Education Forgives $1.2 Billion in Loans for 153,000 SAVE Plan Borrowers

College Aid Services

Last week, the White House unveiled another round of student loan debt relief that will impact over 100,000 Americans and brings the total amount forgiven to nearly $138 billion. This will primarily impact those who borrowed $12,000 or less as a student and made eligible payments for the past 10 years. Read the full press… More » Department of Education Forgives $1.2 Billion in Loans for 153,000 SAVE Plan Borrowers The post Department of Education Forgives $1.2 Billion in Loans for 153,000

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Why Most College Grads Should Seek Student Loan Forgiveness Using SAVE

Student Loan Planner

The SAVE plan has truly changed the math behind college loan repayment, particularly for undergraduate degree holders. Being debt free has psychological advantages, but the math is undeniable that the average college graduate should pursue student loan forgiveness instead of debt repayment. How the SAVE plan works for undergraduate degree holders Under SAVE (which stands… The post Why Most College Grads Should Seek Student Loan Forgiveness Using SAVE appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Using Food Thermometers

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Did you know 66% of people do not use food thermometers correctly? If food temperatures are not checked regularly, people are at higher risk of a foodborne illness. Research by the USDA shows one out of four hamburgers turn brown before they reach the minimum internal temperature. The color of cooked food does not determine its doneness. Check meats in the thickest part of the food without touching any bone or fat.

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How to Make Difficult Decisions

Steve Keating

I was in a meeting several years ago when someone in a very high leadership position asked “how do you teach someone to make a decision?” I responded by saying “you let them make decisions, sometimes even bad ones.” I’m not sure that was a very well received answer, especially the “even bad ones” part. But it’s still true today, there is no better way for anyone to learn how to make decisions than to make them.

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Brown at 70: Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education In the tapestry of American history, the threads of courage and resilience are woven by extraordinary individuals. This article features three such individuals: Joan Anderson, Cheryl Brown Henderson, and John Stokes. Each person has a unique story to tell about their experiences with segregation and their fight for educational justice.

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The crucial role of orientation and transition programs in Australian hgher education

Symplicity

Entering college is a stressful and exciting time for any student. Whether they are a first year student at a big university or small, there is a lot to manage on both the student, parent, and university side. Such programs play a vital role in helping new students acclimate to university life, fostering a sense of belonging, and providing essential information and support.

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FSA advises FAFSA applicants to “Check Your Form’s Status in the First Half of March”

College Aid Services

Federal Student Aid has started to email FAFSA applicants to advise them to check their form’s status in “the first half of March.” The communication failed short of providing any new information or an exact date. However, this is part of the Department’s efforts to inform students about when they can expect to receive information… More » FSA advises FAFSA applicants to “Check Your Form’s Status in the First Half of March” The post FSA advises FAF

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Biden Student Loan Forgiveness: 3 Major Updates Affecting Borrowers as Relief Nears $140 Billion

Student Loan Planner

The Biden administration’s student loan relief agenda is in full swing. Despite the Supreme Court’s rejection in 2023 of President Biden’s mass student loan forgiveness plan (which would have wiped out up to $20,000 in student debt for many Americans), the Education Department has been erasing student debt through a combination of regulatory changes, temporary… The post Biden Student Loan Forgiveness: 3 Major Updates Affecting Borrowers as Relief Nears $140 Billion appeared first on Studen