October, 2023

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School Librarians: One of a Student’s Best Resources

Ed.gov Homeroom

Educators and students, don’t forget to tap into one of your best resources as you begin this school year…your school librarian! In today’s school libraries, you can find lively, vibrant spaces focused on learning and community. A school librarian provides personalized learning environments and offers equitable access to resources to ensure a well-rounded education for Continue Reading The post School Librarians: One of a Student’s Best Resources appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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Study: Almost One in Four Undergrads Experienced Food Insecurity

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Significant portions of the college student population have faced food insecurity, according to an analysis of data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study: 2020 (NPSAS:20). Dr. Tammeil Y. Gilkerson Evergreen Valley College NPSAS:20 – released earlier this year – offers the first nationally representative data collection about food insecurity and homelessness among U.S. graduate and undergraduate college students, according to Leanne Davis, managing researcher at Education Northwest, a

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From Humble Beginnings to Leading Higher Education Advocacy: My Journey

COE

From Humble Beginnings to Leading Higher Education Advocacy: My Journey October 2, 2023 — by Kimberly Jones Becoming COE president, I strive for educational equity, inspired by my parents’ resilience and belief in transformative education for all. When people ask me about my work, they often wonder if my motivation stems from being a low-income, first-generation college student myself.

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How to Take Action on Vote Early Day for Mental Health

Active Minds

Voting forms the bedrock of our democracy, carrying substantial weight in shaping the policies and societal issues that will be addressed during campaigns and highlighted in the laws put into action in your state. In the 2023 election cycle , voters wield influence over a wide range of positions, including gubernatorial candidates (governors), state legislatures, state supreme courts, and mayors.

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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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States Lead the Way with Evidence-Based Models that Support Student Success

IHEP Institute for Higher Education Policy

By Elenaor Eckerson Peters Last week, IHEP joined Results for America to highlight promising postsecondary student success models in Colorado and Massachusetts. The webinar , “State Lessons for Implementing Evidence-Based Postsecondary Success Programs,” explored two recent case studies about data and evidence-based programs that are helping more students complete college.

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Administrative Forbearance for Student Loans

Student Loan Planner

Federal student loan borrowers have access to a new income-driven repayment plan, the SAVE plan. Unfortunately, servicers have had enormous problems calculating what payments should be under that plan. Instead of billing borrowers an incorrect amount, servicers tend to use an administrative forbearance instead. This gives the servicer time to get a borrower’s payment calculated […] The post Administrative Forbearance for Student Loans appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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California Students Going Out-of-State to Attend HBCUs Eligible for One-Time $5,000 Grant Per New Law

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that gives community college students transferring to HBCUs a one-time grant of up to $5,000. Gov. Gavin Newsom Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images Given that the state of California itself does not have any HBCUs, students who want to attend and experience one have to pursue it out-of-state but may miss out on state aid in the process.

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Writing a journal article – 8 steps to So What and Now What

Patter by Pat Thomson

This post is a generalisation. Be warned. But the general stuff in this post does hold for most things you’ll write for most journals. Just not all. The message in this post is simply this – journals generally do not publish only research results. Yes, you heard me. But let me put it another way. Research results alone do not a journal paper make.

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How Gen Z Is Erasing Mental Health Taboos Through Conversations

Active Minds

I was fourteen years old when I was introduced to the space of mental health advocacy. At this time, I began training to become a hotline listener at Teen Line , a peer crisis line in Los Angeles. I was fascinated by this organization that not only served youth but actively centered their engagement. After all, youth are often quieted and discredited in the mental health space despite youth-led advocacy and peer support being necessities in erasing taboos and improving the current landscape.

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Unequal Distribution

NACAC's Admitted

By Don Heller, Gigi Jones, and Abby Miller The recent dismantling of affirmative action and the COVID pandemic highlighted the barriers preventing underserved, underrepresented students – students of color and those who are low-income and first-generation – from enrolling in college. A college degree is the pathway to social mobility for families trapped in the cycle of poverty.

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Addressing the loneliness epidemic

Counseling Today

Loneliness is a growing public health concern, but counselors can help clients examine the underlying cause of this feeling and learn to rebuild their connections to others. The post Addressing the loneliness epidemic appeared first on Counseling Today.

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How to Revoke Access for the IRS to Share Your Income for Student Loans

Student Loan Planner

The FUTURE Act made it possible for a borrower to share their income automatically with their student loan servicer for the purposes of recertifying their income driven repayment (IDR). However, this requires an individual’s consent. The Department of Education has made it very easy to provide that consent, but you might realize that providing that […] The post How to Revoke Access for the IRS to Share Your Income for Student Loans appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Debt Collective Erases Nearly $10M of Morehouse College Debt

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Debt Collective, the nation’s first debtor’s union, has canceled close to $10 million in student debt for Morehouse College students. Organizers announced the collaboration with Morehouse—a Historically Black College and University for men in Atlanta—to eliminate all account balances Morehouse College had remaining in collections for the Fall 2022 term and prior.

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Transfer Student Spotlight: Mika Shipman

Missouri State Academic Advising and Transfer Cent

Meet Mika Shipman, a transfer student from Park Hills, MO! Mika transferred to Missouri State University from Missouri Baptist University and Mineral Area College. Mika is pursuing the Middle School Education/Science program at Missouri State University. When asked why Mika chose to transfer to Missouri State University, Mika said, “I was always interested in Missouri State.

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Behind the Scenes of the Fall 2023 Send Silence Packing® Tour

Active Minds

For over a decade, the Active Minds Send Silence Packing® (SSP) display has traveled the country to end the silence surrounding mental illness and suicide. Send Silence Packing® encourages attendees to seek support for themselves, friends, or loved ones, with trained professionals available on-site and thousands of mental health resources distributed to community members at each stop.

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House Elects U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-4) as Speaker, Promise to Move FY24 Appropriations Bills Quickly Follows

COE

House Elects U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-4) as Speaker, Promise to Move FY24 Appropriations Bills Quickly Follows October 31, 2023 — by Diane Shust We must not miss an opportunity to raise the importance of increased TRIO funding with Members of Congress, especially since work will continue on the FY24 funding bills. On Wednesday, October 25, the House elected Rep.

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The benefits of clinical consultation groups

Counseling Today

Two clinical supervisors share their advice on how to create successful consultation groups, which reduce isolation, provide clinical support, foster professional growth and improve client outcomes. The post The benefits of clinical consultation groups appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Borrowers Face Increasing Problems as Student Loan Payments Resume

Student Loan Planner

Millions of federal student loan borrowers are facing an array of problems as the return to repayment commences. For more than three years, much of the federal student loan system was effectively turned off. Payments were not due, interest did not accrue, and collections activity against defaulted borrowers was halted. During that time, some federal […] The post Borrowers Face Increasing Problems as Student Loan Payments Resume appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Black Culture Centers are More than Bricks & Mortar

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

As a student activist, a longtime faculty member, and an administrator in higher education, I am particularly proud of two career accomplishments. One was fifty years ago at Earlham , a small Quaker liberal arts college, where I helped repurpose a college-owned house into a Black culture center. The second was twenty-five years ago at Indiana University , where I helped a large, public, research university construct a new Black culture center.

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Transfer Student Spotlight: Damon Hedgpeth

Missouri State Academic Advising and Transfer Cent

Meet Damon Hedgpeth, a transfer student from Springfield, MO! Damon transferred to Missouri State University from Ozarks Technical Community College-Springfield campus. Damon is pursuing the Recording Arts Undergraduate Certificate at Missouri State University. When asked why Damon chose to transfer to Missouri State University, Damon said, “The music program and the opportunity to be a part of the marching band were my reasons for transferring.

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Mental Health Advocacy Spotlight: Student ID Bill

Active Minds

Content Warning: This piece contains mentions of suicide. Getting involved in mental health advocacy in our youth is not easy, but with the emergence of bills like the Student ID Bill (a proposal for schools to print mental health hotline numbers, such as 988, on the back of student ID cards), opportunities for upcoming generations are there. With this in mind, it’s important to understand how and why we should advocate for ourselves as youth and be familiar with the mental health legislat

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Is shrinkflation affecting your finances?

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

We’re used to our favorite cereal costing $3.50 per box, so when the price goes up to $4.00 it’s something we notice. But do we notice when the box contains only 15 ounces instead of the 18 ounces it used to hold? From fewer toilet paper sheets to less toothpaste ounces, consumers are reporting “shrinkflation”—reduced product amounts for regular purchases, due to inflation.

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Prioritizing trauma-informed care

Counseling Today

A trauma-informed approach benefits both counselors and clients, yet more work needs to be done to ensure these principles are adopted across health care systems. The post Prioritizing trauma-informed care appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Parent PLUS Borrowers Face Squeeze as Student Loan Payments Resume

Student Loan Planner

As 40 million student loan borrowers return to repayment this month following the three-year Covid forbearance, one group of borrowers is facing particularly dire circumstances: parent borrowers. Parent PLUS loans are federal loans issued to parents for the benefit of a child’s undergraduate education. These types of loans are unique in that the parent is […] The post Parent PLUS Borrowers Face Squeeze as Student Loan Payments Resume appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Under Siege: Attacks on DEI and its Implications for Students

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

It has been three years since the nation was shaken by the untimely murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, igniting a powerful movement to address racism in policing and other facets of society like education. In response, college and university leaders nationwide made significant commitments to improve campus racial climates. They pledged millions to initiatives such as hiring diverse faculty, appointing Chief Diversity Officers, revising curricula to address issues of ra

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How to Boost the Morale of Your Team

Steve Keating

High morale is often the little recognized secret to success. Organizations and leaders that work to ensure the morale and engagement level of their people remain high, outperform those who don’t. Boosting the morale of your team is essential for maintaining productivity, job satisfaction, and overall team cohesion. High morale can lead to increased motivation, creativity, and a more positive work environment.

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Making Space for Mental Health at Your Community College

Active Minds

Picture this: It’s my first semester at Central New Mexico Community College (CNMCC), and I’m knee-deep in textbooks, navigating the maze of college life. Like many of us, I was eager to learn and grow but realized that the pressures of academia can sometimes take a toll on our mental health. Stress, self-doubt, and the challenges of balancing coursework with personal life started to affect not only me but also many of my classmates.

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criticality in the PhD – nine things to avoid

Patter by Pat Thomson

Doctoral writers are expected to show “criticality” in their thinking and writing. But what does this actually mean? Criticality has a specific academic meaning. A meaning that isn’t quite the same as the one that is in ordinary use. It’s a bit like “argument”. Outside the scholarly world, an argument is where people disagree with each other. Inside the scholarly world, an argument is about making a persuasive case, using evidence from published and new work to back an interpretation and claims

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What I’ve learned as a new professional counselor

Counseling Today

Starting a new career in counseling later in life taught one new counseling professional a few important lessons. The post What I’ve learned as a new professional counselor appeared first on Counseling Today.

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What Is The Student Loan “On-Ramp” Program and Who Should Use It?

Student Loan Planner

Federal student loan payments have resumed after a three-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, both loan servicers and borrowers seem unprepared for the restart. For example, federal student loan servicers are resorting to administrative forbearance to cover the widespread payment miscalculations. To help the transition, the Biden Administration has created a temporary 12-month […] The post What Is The Student Loan “On-Ramp” Program and Who Should Use It?

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College Students Are Hungry to Learn Everywhere

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

If you read the national news about higher education, you might think everyone is angling for admission to the Ivy League or trying to pay off debt for degrees earned. To be sure, this summer’s Supreme Court rulings are clear signs of a badly broken higher education system. But they also neglect the fact that millions of college students are dealing with food insecurity and/or experiencing homelessness, and as a result most will never reach the finish line.

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Registration Open: 2023 Virtual Federal Student Aid Training Conference (11/28 to 12/1/23)

College Aid Services

Registration for the 2023 Virtual Federal Student Aid Training Conference is now open. To register go to [link] complete your free registration. The 2023 Conference will be held virtually on Nov. 28–Dec. 1. There will be keynote addresses from U.S. Department of Education leadership, five general sessions, 23 breakout sessions (covering the latest in financial aid… More » Registration Open: 2023 Virtual Federal Student Aid Training Conference (11/28 to 12/1/23) The post Registration Open:

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How to Retain Key Employees

Steve Keating

Turnover is a fact of life for any business or organization. Some level of turnover is even good. With new team members comes fresh perspectives and new ideas. But turnover is also expensive. Depending on your business it can take up to and even over 12 months to bring new team members up to full speed. If you can’t keep them on the team for at least a few years your business will always struggle.