March, 2024

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How to be a More Effective Listener

Steve Keating

Many people who claim to want to be better communicators focus almost entirely on speaking more clearly. But effective speaking and effective communicating are two very different things. You cannot communicate effectively if you can’t listen effectively. Truly great communicators know that’s a fact. The benefits of being a more effective listener cannot be overstated.

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Report: English Majors Employed at Comparable Rates, Educators Can Do More to Prepare Students for Careers

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

College students who graduate as English majors actually find jobs at about the same rate as those who major in other subjects, according to a recent report commissioned by the Modern Language Association (MLA). Dr. Paula Krebs Report on English Majors’ Career Preparation and Outcomes draws on findings from a number of different sources, including the Hamilton Project, the National Humanities Alliance, the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, and Humanities Indicators.

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Beyond Bubble Baths: The Real Talk on Authentic Self-Care

Active Minds

In today’s fast-paced world, the concept of self-care has become more than just a buzzword; it’s a heavily discussed movement. From Instagram influences promoting skincare routines to celebrities advocating for their meditation practices, self-care has become embedded into pop culture. However, in this new age of social media, the concept of self-care often can feel like an unattainable ideal reserved for those with picture-perfect lives.

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Raising the Bar for Multilingualism and English Learners Through a Re-Imagined National Professional Development Program (NPD)

Ed.gov Homeroom

The U.S. Department of Education Invites Applications for NPD Competitive Grant By: Beatriz Ceja, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) and Loredana Valtierra, Policy Advisor, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (OPEPD) The need for bilingual and multilingual teachers is critical more than ever, as over five million of our public-school Continue Reading The post Raising the Bar for Multilingualism and English Learners Through a Re-Imagined Na

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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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IDR Recertification Deadline Delayed Until Late 2024: What it Means For You

Student Loan Planner

On Friday March 1, Department of Ed decided to abruptly delay recertification of Income Driven Repayment (IDR) for borrowers until “no earlier than late September 2024.” For many borrowers, this could mean that you don't have to share information about your current income until mid to late 2025. Borrowers who were asked to recertify already… The post IDR Recertification Deadline Delayed Until Late 2024: What it Means For You appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Finding Happiness

Steve Keating

There was a popular song from years past that said “don’t worry, be happy.” It was a catchy tune and it hung around as a favorite song for longer than average. While the song actually had some decent advice for fighting worry like “In every life we have some trouble but when you worry, you make it double.” Which is in fact true. But just saying don’t worry, be happy isn’t going to get it done for most people.

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Bill to Codify Postsecondary Student Success Grants Met with Support and Criticism from Scholars and Advocates

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Legislators are looking to enshrine the Postsecondary Student Success Grant (PSSG) program, a student outcomes-centered federal effort, into law through new legislation this March. Although the effort has received support generally, some higher ed scholars and advocates have levied some criticisms and concerns about it. Dr. Jhenai Chandler The Postsecondary Student Success Act – a bipartisan effort that seeks to solidify the ongoing existence of the grant program, which gives funds to higher ed

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Uplifting BIPOC-Centered Mental Health Research With the 2024 Emerging Scholars

Active Minds

Active Minds is proud to introduce our 2024 Emerging Scholars Fellows! The Emerging Scholar Fellowship, generously supported by the Scattergood Foundation for Behavioral Health and Macy’s , is a unique opportunity for students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of Color (BIPOC) to work on their own groundbreaking mental health-related independent research.

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Symplicity Recruit Introduces the Candidate Pipeline Dashboard

Symplicity

All recruiters that we work with would like to be more data-driven but obtaining the data in a way that is easy to interpret is often too difficult and time-consuming. With our latest product release, Symplicity Recruit aims to give university recruiters the data they need to make decisions about their recruiting strategy without needing to manually pull or calculate data.

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Double Debt Strategy for Married Borrowers: When to File Separately

Student Loan Planner

Is it better to file jointly or separately for student loans as a married borrower? It’s a simple question with a more complex answer. When filing taxes separately, the U.S. Department of Education doesn’t allow you to double-count children or your spouse when determining your family size for your income-driven repayment (IDR) calculation. At first… The post Double Debt Strategy for Married Borrowers: When to File Separately appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Tracy Dabbs' Perspective on Balancing Work and Family Life

Ready Education

As part of our Women's History Month celebration, we opened up a discussion about the delicate balance between work and personal life for women. Hear from Tracy Dabbs, Ready’s Performance Marketing Director, as she shares her experience.

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Curious Success

Steve Keating

I’ve heard it said, often, that curiosity killed the cat. I’m not a cat person so I can’t speak to how accurate that may or may not be. But I can tell you one thing that curiosity does for sure…it creates success. I went to college to earn a degree in Electrical Engineering. I wanted to invent cool stuff. My high school guidance counselor agreed I was a great fit for that kind of career.

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Benedict College Names Building After its First Woman President

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Benedict College Board of Trustees recently hosted a rededication and naming ceremony for the college’s administration building named in honor of Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis. Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis A. J. Shorter Photography “I am very grateful for the opportunity to lead Benedict College into the next chapter of her storied history,” said Artis, during the March 22 rededication.

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Let Girls Be Girls: Navigating the Maze of Girls’ Mental Health

Active Minds

There seems to be a pop culture shift happening. The word “girl” has gone from once being used as a schoolyard insult to an everyday compliment with phrases like “That’s so girl,” its own budgeting strategy with “girl math,” an exercise with “hot girl walks,” and even 2023 being marked as the “Year of the Girl.” Young girls can now watch Barbie and see a woman as president or listen to Beyoncé and hear the most decorated Grammy-winning performing artist of all time.

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key words – contribution

Patter by Pat Thomson

The dictionary definitions of contribution are: A gift or payment The part played by a person or thing in bringing about a result or helping something to advance and A piece of writing submitted for publication in a journal or book When scholars talk about contribution it might be 3. A contribution might be a piece we have submitted to an edited collection, a text book, an anthology of cases or an encyclopaedia.

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To Get Student Loan Forgiveness Credit, Do You Need to Consolidate by April 30?

Student Loan Planner

A crucial deadline directly related to student loan forgiveness is approaching. To benefit from one of President Biden’s most successful student loan forgiveness initiatives, certain borrowers might need to consolidate their loans through the federal Direct Loan program by April 30, 2024. But it’s important to note that not all borrowers need to consolidate.

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Cardona’s letter to College Presidents: FAFSA Rollout Update

College Aid Services

On Friday March 15, Secretary Cardona sent a letter to College Presidents and Chancellors updating them on the FAFSA rollout. The letter included some recommendations for institutions, including to be prepare for the ISIRs, to extend decision dates and payment deadlines, and encourage returning students to apply for aid. You can access the letter here,… More » Cardona’s letter to College Presidents: FAFSA Rollout Update The post Cardona’s letter to College Presidents: FAFSA Rollout

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Listen to the Whispers

Steve Keating

Many CEOs around the world would be shocked to learn what is really going on in their organizations. Most know only what their direct reports want them to know. They receive “sanitized” reports on what’s happening around the organization. Those reports are rarely lies. But, they also lack the “color” that would greatly impact how the CEO receives the report.

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Report: Most Selective Private Higher Ed Institutions Enroll Insufficient Numbers of Latino Undergrads

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Most selective private colleges and universities in the U.S. still have disproportionately low enrollment numbers for Latino first-time, full-time undergraduate students, according to a recent report from The Education Trust. Sandra Perez The sequel to a 2020 report on Black and Latino enrollment at selective U.S. public institutions, the report turns its attention to the nation’s private schools, namely the 122 most selective private four-year colleges and universities in the nation.

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What to Expect at the 2024 Active Minds Mental Health Conference

Active Minds

The Active Minds Mental Health Conference is unlike any other. I had the privilege of helping to plan the conference as part of the Student Advisory Committee in 2022 and 2023, though I still walked in like it was my first time. The culture at the conference was incredible , and I left feeling seen and heard by my peers and other industry leaders. As a result of my time at the Conference, I have had many opportunities and abilities to use my voice for change through networking with other mental

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When a College Says No

Counselors' Corner

by Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. The real madness of March has nothing to do with basketball—it begins when colleges announce their admissions decisions, starting around March 20. As a pre-game warmup, let’s review what we already know: Most selective colleges report an increase in applicants every year; Since these schools don’t admit more students than they did last year, that means they end up saying no to more students… …and wait-listing more students.

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Parent PLUS Loans: An Unconventional Back-to-School Consolidation Loophole That’s Closing Soon

Student Loan Planner

As a Parent PLUS Loan borrower, you might’ve gotten a federal student loan for your child’s education as an act of love. In return, you might’ve gotten a pretty bum deal. That’s because this type of education loan comes with an interest rate on the high end and limited access to repayment options. Some Parent… The post Parent PLUS Loans: An Unconventional Back-to-School Consolidation Loophole That’s Closing Soon appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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FSA announces ISIR training webinar

College Aid Services

In response to the influx of inquiries regarding ISIR files, Federal Student Aid (FSA) has announced a webinar entitled “2024-25 ISIR Highlights.” Scheduled for Friday, March 29th at 3 PM ET, the webinar will focus on how data is organized within ISIR blocks, new identifiers, and new codes. In addition, FSA will also cover what… More » FSA announces ISIR training webinar The post FSA announces ISIR training webinar first appeared on College Aid Services.

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Getting What You Want Out of Life

Steve Keating

The surest way, by far, to get everything you want out of life is to set goals. But most people say they just don’t have time to set goals. These are the same people who have time to scroll through Facebook for multiple hours a day. Or binge watch a show on Netflix for hours at a time. They have plenty of time. What they lack is priorities for their life.

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Stop Cooling Out the Next Generation’s Aspirations

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

That animals avoid environments which seem unhealthy due to predators or poor conditions is a well-documented ecological phenomenon. Humans are no different. We, too, instinctively avoid environments that look unhealthy or unwelcoming. It is therefore time to connect the dots among efforts to dismantle diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) activities, overturn race-conscious admissions, and bring back standardized tests.

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Healthcare Careers Hub

Community College Review

Discover the opportunities in the healthcare field. Your community college offers the courses and training you need to fill a job in this field that always seems to have openings.

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How Civitas Learning Partners are Removing Retention and Completion Barriers

Civitas Learning

When higher education leaders look to see what’s working and what’s not, there’s no better source than talking with peer institutions. Yet, finding the time to connect and identify relevant contacts can be challenging amidst a workday that barely has enough time for lunch. Civitas Learning’s Texas Leadership Workshop recently brought together leaders from ten different institutions across Texas and beyond to discuss student success strategies for higher education.

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How to Compare Disability Insurance Quotes Like a Pro

Student Loan Planner

Long-term disability insurance policies come in many flavors that vary based on the insurance company and the individual policyholder. As a physician or other specialty professional, it’s crucial you take the time to compare policy options to understand how your coverage and benefits might differ. Plus, doing a disability insurance quote comparison can ensure you’re… The post How to Compare Disability Insurance Quotes Like a Pro appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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2024-25 FAFSA Specifications Guide (March 2024 Update)

College Aid Services

Federal Student Aid has updated the draft 2024–25 FAFSA Specifications Guide. The volumes contained in this guide contain FAFSA Processing System (FPS) technical and processing information for the 2024–25 award year. What changed? Volume 4 – Record Layouts and Processing Codes and the 2024–25 Final ISIR Record Layout in Excel Format. The changes made to… More » 2024-25 FAFSA Specifications Guide (March 2024 Update) The post 2024-25 FAFSA Specifications Guide (March 2024 Update) first appea

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How to Read People

Steve Keating

Reading people involves observing their behavior, body language, verbal cues, and emotions to understand their thoughts, feelings, and intentions. The greatest advantage to possessing the skill of reading people is that it immensely improves our ability to communicate with them. Many people believe they possess this skill but many of those would be wrong.

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HBCUs in the Time of Turnover

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Albany State University recently announced its president, Dr. Marion Ross Fedrick, had been appointed executive vice president for administration and chief of staff at Georgia State University, effective July 1. Her departure from the university meant she would step away from her role as president one year before the conclusion of the school’s 2025 strategic plan.

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Modernizing Federal Student Loan Servicing

Ed.gov Homeroom

By: Richard Cordray, Chief Operating Office, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education This spring, Federal Student Aid (FSA) will begin improving how individual borrowers manage and repay their federal student loans. Through multiple phases, we will bring online an entirely new federal student loan servicing environment – a goal we have pursued for more Continue Reading The post Modernizing Federal Student Loan Servicing appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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A Chance to Make a Difference

Counselors' Corner

by Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. This time of year leads to lots of second guessing, especially if you live somewhere that sees snow. Lawns are this interesting shade of yellow, there’s a film of salt on the roads, gardens look like vast voids of brown. Given the visual cues, it’s fair to wonder—is there really anything pretty out there? The same can be said for being a school counselor this time of year.