December, 2023

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Trouble at Saint Augustine's University

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) President Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail has been fired from her position at the school’s helm, cutting her contract and term short. The move comes as the Southern Association of Colleges (SACSCOC) voted to strip the small Historically Black College and University of its accreditation. The university has vowed to appeal the decision and will remain an accredited institution on probation during the appeal process.

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Mental Health Care Is Expensive: A Guide to Finding Affordable Services

Active Minds

The mission of Active Minds is centered around mobilizing youth and young adults to be the mental health change in their schools and communities. In my ten years at the organization, I have seen the power of grassroots advocacy in improving mental health culture nationwide — but I’ve also seen the toll it can take on young changemakers. The truth is you can’t pour from an empty cup, and we are hearing more and more that young people are unable to access the mental health care they need because o

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A Year of Impact for IHEP

IHEP Institute for Higher Education Policy

By: Mamie Voight As the year draws to a close, we at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) are taking a moment to reflect on the strides we’ve made and the work left to do to advance our mission – building a more equitable and just society through higher education. In 2023 we partnered with many of you, conducted compelling research, engaged in meaningful advocacy, and led purposeful field engagement.

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Winter Blues

Student Minds

The Editorial Team have come together for the last time in 2023 to share how they overcome their Winter Blues as the days get shorter and colder. - Student Minds Blog Editorial Team ⭐ How do you overcome winter blues? ⭐ ? Taylor : Winter isn't always the easier time of year, especially when it's dark when you leave the house or get home later. Because of this, I really embrace the weekends. going out for walks and taking in all the sunlight that I miss so much!

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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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Seven Things to Know About the Student Loan Payment Count Adjustment

Ed.gov Homeroom

Borrowers Have More Time to Consolidate Loans to Benefit from the Adjustment By: Federal Student Aid Chief Operating Officer Richard Cordray Since this summer, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has approved almost $44 billion in debt relief for more than 900,000 borrowers as part of the payment count adjustment. This is a one-time initiative Continue Reading The post Seven Things to Know About the Student Loan Payment Count Adjustment appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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Rising to the Challenge on Student Basic Needs Work

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Ten years ago, most college students short of money for food would have difficulty finding a food pantry on campus. Food insecurity wasn’t a widely recognized problem in higher education and “student basic needs” wasn’t a field of practice. As we reach the end of another tough year, we deserve to take a moment to be grateful and proud that times truly have changed.

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Handling Mental Health Conversations With Family During the Holidays

Active Minds

The holiday season can bring us so much cheer and emotional wealth, including the opportunity to reunite with family and loved ones. As we adjust to a new routine and, at times, a new environment around the holidays, it can also be difficult to navigate the mental health challenges we may be facing or bringing back home with us. These mental health conversations with family can often be met with silence, discomfort, or even misunderstanding.

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How strong institutional partnerships serve transfer students well. Reflections on ED’s Raise The Bar Summit

IHEP Institute for Higher Education Policy

By: Lauren Bell Nearly 40% of students transfer from one institution to another at some point during their postsecondary journey, but on average, 43 % of credits students already earned are not accepted by their receiving institution. 1 This equates to a loss of time and money. A closer look at transfer outcomes reveals disparities: Among students who start at a two-year institution, Black (28 percent) and Hispanic (37 percent) students transfer to a four-year institution at much lower rates tha

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Grief from a distance

Student Minds

Emily shares her recent experiences of loss and shares some tips that have helped her through this difficult time. - Emily Thorpe A few weeks ago, I lost my Nan to dementia. I understand that my situation is not unique, and that loss is experienced by everyone. Sometimes unexpectedly; sometimes losing someone stretches out over a long period of time.

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Administration of ESSA Title III State-Administered Grants Returns to OELA

Ed.gov Homeroom

By: Montserrat Garibay, Assistant Deputy Secretary & Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) As part of the Raise the Bar: Lead the World Initiative, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) last month hosted a convening with national and local leaders to discuss the pivotal moment we found ourselves in, as we transform Continue Reading The post Administration of ESSA Title III State-Administered Grants Returns to OELA appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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Who May Qualify for Student Loan Forgiveness Under Biden’s New HEA Plan

Student Loan Planner

The Education Department has released critical new details on a new student loan forgiveness program that is being developed at the direction of President Biden. The new debt relief plan will be implemented under the Higher Education Act (HEA). This is a different statute from the one that the administration relied on for its first… The post Who May Qualify for Student Loan Forgiveness Under Biden’s New HEA Plan appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Education Department Gives $44.5 to 22 Colleges and Universities to Strengthen Support and Career Pathways for Rural Community Students

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Biden-Harris Administration is providing $44.5 million in grants to 22 colleges and universities to improve enrollment, persistence, and completion rates for students living in rural communities. Dr. Miguel Cardona Susan Walsh/AP The Rural Postsecondary and Economic Development (RPED) grant progra m will provide select institutions will receive funds to bolster engagement from high school students and create career pathways, with efforts such as college and career transition programs; care

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Celebrating the Past, Mobilizing the Future: 20 Years of Active Minds

Active Minds

It’s December. As we spend the holiday season gathered together with family and friends, this time of year is often marked by connection and reflection. For me, this rings especially true on the anniversary of our founding month as I think about the work and powerful impact that the Active Minds community has accomplished over the past 20 years. I founded Active Minds in 2003 , following the loss of my brother Brian to suicide.

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Team Spotlight: Tiffany Benson

College Aid Services

Our Team Spotlight for the month of December is Tiffany Benson! Joining College Aid Services in 2021, Tiffany serves as a Senior Consultant and has earned several NASFAA credentials for Cost of Attendance, Direct Loans, Student Eligibility, and Verification. We had the opportunity to sit down with Tiffany for a brief interview where she shared… More » Team Spotlight: Tiffany Benson The post Team Spotlight: Tiffany Benson first appeared on College Aid Services.

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Grief from a distance

Student Minds

Emily shares her recent experiences of loss and shares some tips that have helped her through this difficult time. -Emily Thorpe A few weeks ago, I lost my Nan to dementia. I understand that my situation is not unique, and that loss is experienced by everyone. Sometimes unexpectedly; sometimes losing someone stretches out over a long period of time.

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publishing in top ranked journals

Patter by Pat Thomson

Doctoral and emerging researchers often believe that they must, from the very get go, publish in highly ranked journals. Where does this idea come from. Well sometimes word of mouth. Sometimes universities may try to point researchers in the top ranked journal direction. Some universities actually offer clear instructions about what journals to choose via little apps where the researcher can type in the title of a journal and get back an institutional approval rating.

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How to be More Appreciative

Steve Keating

What’s the first thing you do every morning? Is it checking your email? Maybe it’s checking your text messages. How about perhaps checking your thinking? Yep, I said thinking! While I understand how tempting it is to grab the phone and check messages if you want a happier and more productive 2024 I highly recommend resisting that temptation. Instead check the first thought that’s in your head.

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Underrepresented Students in STEM Classes Resulted in Higher Grades

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Nicholas Bowman The presence of underrepresented racial minority (URM) and first-generation college students in a course is related to higher STEM grades for all students in the class, especially for the minority students themselves, according to a recent study published in AERA Open. The December-published study, " The Role of Minoritized Student Representation in Promoting Achievement and Equity Within College STEM Courses ", examined the effects of having URM and first-gen students in und

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Unmasking the Truths About Alcohol and Drugs

CAMPUSPEAK

When you choose to pursue college, you are presented with a number of choices along your journey. Among them, the… The post Unmasking the Truths About Alcohol and Drugs appeared first on CAMPUSPEAK.

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Counseling Today’s 15 most-read articles of 2023

Counseling Today

Some of our most-read stories in 2023. The post Counseling Today’s 15 most-read articles of 2023 appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Winter's Chill vs. Art's Warmth

Student Minds

Dhriti talks about how being creative helps her get through the tough winter blues, especially when she's far from home. - Dhriti Navigating the winter blues can be a real challenge, especially when you are far from home like I am. The days are shorter, the darkness comes early, and December does not quite feel like the party it used to be. Even the festive vibes seem muted, and my birthday month is not as sparkly as it seemed until the year before.

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2024–25 FAFSA Soft Launch Details and Timelines

College Aid Services

The Department of Education has announced that they will be treating the period leading up to and following Dec. 31 as a soft launch period of the 2024-25 FAFSA. The “soft launch period” will allow the Department to monitor and respond to any potential issues impacting the applicant experience. The electronic announcement (GENERAL-23-115) listed below… More » 2024–25 FAFSA Soft Launch Details and Timelines The post 2024–25 FAFSA Soft Launch Details and Timelines first appeared

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Is the Married Filing Separately Health Insurance Penalty Worth It? How to Minimize the Impact

Student Loan Planner

Your tax filing status can impact the amount of taxes you owe by making you eligible (or ineligible) for various tax credits and deductions. It can also affect your student loan payment, as some income-driven repayment (IDR) plans allow you to exclude spousal income if you file tax returns separately. For instance, ‘married filing separately’… The post Is the Married Filing Separately Health Insurance Penalty Worth It?

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Association Leader: Censorship in Academia Will Not Defeat Antisemitism

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Attempts to clamp down on free expression do little to combat antisemitism or other unacceptable forms of hate and prejudice, according to the leader of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Dr. Irene_Mulvey “The current clamor for political and financial interference in higher education in the name of fighting discrimination creates a climate of chilled speech and censorship that violates core principles of academic freedom,” said AAUP President Dr.

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Finding Your Purpose in Life

Steve Keating

I’ve always believed that the best lived lives were those that were lived on purpose for a purpose. The challenge with that of course is that most people can’t tell you with any specificity what their purpose in life is. That causes them to live a somewhat “reactive” life. A life lived helping other people achieve their purpose. That’s not necessarily bad, it’s just not as fulfilling as living YOUR life for YOUR purpose.

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the slow paper

Patter by Pat Thomson

I’m finally writing a paper. It’s one that’s been percolating for about a year. A year, that’s actually not a long time in the making. And that’s just the way it is sometimes. As much as you might want it to be otherwise, some ideas just take their own good time to coalesce. I’ve assumed until recently that when you’re not writing some kind of processing happens somewhere.

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How to Calm Anxiety Within Five Minutes

Student Minds

Kortney shares a helpful grounding technique to cope with anxiety. - Kortney Anxiety is an emotion that appears quickly whether doing errands, playing a game, or visiting with others. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety “can make daily life feel like a constant state of worry, fear, and dread.” This can cause an anxious individual to be unable to focus or complete a to – do list.

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College Aid Services Reaffirms Commitment to Data Security with Renewed SOC 2® Type 2 Certification

College Aid Services

DECEMBER 7, 2023 – College Aid Services, a leading provider of higher education consulting solutions, proudly announces the successful renewal of its SOC 2® Type 2 certification, demonstrating the company’s steadfast dedication to maintaining the highest standards of security and privacy in handling client data. Having initially received the certification in November of 2022, College… More » College Aid Services Reaffirms Commitment to Data Security with Renewed SOC 2® Type 2 Certifi

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Lancaster University elevates student counselling and mental health services with Symplicity Advocate

Symplicity

Symplicity ® Advocate™ renowned worldwide for student case management with over 300 universities in its network, is thrilled to welcome Lancaster University as a new partner in the United Kingdom.

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ASU Faculty Receive $1.6 Million for Program to Better Teach K-12 Educators about Civics, History, and Media Literacy

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Arizona State University (ASU) faculty have received $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education for a program to teach K-12 teachers about civics, history, and media literacy. Dr. Lauren Harris The project, Project ACCLaIM: Advancing Civics Curriculum Learning through Instructional Microcredentials, seeks to create a specialization in the aforementioned topics and offer smaller courses that earn teachers microcredentials, which they can then count as credits towards a master’s in educati

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How to be Honest with Yourself…Honestly

Steve Keating

Oh no, what are you going to do now? You told yourself, and likely others, that you would do “it” next year. You said to yourself, “next year will be the year I take control of my future.” You told yourself that “next year will be different.” Well now you, and anyone else you told, are about to find out if you were being honest with them…and yourself.

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The balance of innovation and ethics with artificial intelligence

Counseling Today

Artificial intelligence is here to stay, but issues around regulation and ethical use of it remain unclear. The post The balance of innovation and ethics with artificial intelligence appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Featured Partner Scholarships: December 2023 (Part 2)

Scholarship America

The holidays may be a time to take a break from school, but they’re prime time to apply for scholarships! We recently shared Part 1 of our December roundup , featuring scholarships for future nurses, teachers, chefs and public servants—and in today’s Part 2, we look at awards for students in Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Missouri, plus two unique programs for families who have dealt with childhood cancer.