May, 2024

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The Student Lifestyle: Accessing Support

Student Minds

Callum discusses the student lifestyle and accessing support at University - Callum - Centre for Mental Health For as long as there have been students, there has been the notion of a ‘Student Lifestyle’. Across all sections of society, including the student body itself, there is an expectation that students must lower their standards for living. Students are meant to be poor, to have low quality housing, and to drink to excess.

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Rethinking DEI in Higher Education: Should the ‘I’ Stand for Integration Instead?

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

As diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts have come under attack, I wonder if higher education leaders shouldn’t begin to evolve the concept before policymakers strip away every tool we have to provide supports for students of color. This attack reminds me of the struggle to protect affirmative action, which was defended at both the state and federal levels for decades; but perhaps in protecting affirmative action, it prevented the field from envisioning the evolution of race-conscious a

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The Intersection of Mental Health and Creativity

Active Minds

When I was a freshman in college, I went to a talk on my campus about sharing your mental health story hosted by my Active Minds chapter for Mental Health Awareness Month. At the time, I was a new mental health advocate, someone who had only been diagnosed with OCD two years prior. Still weeding through the stigmas and false messages I had learned about mental health while growing up, I was becoming eager to start sharing my story in hopes that other people could get resources and treatment soon

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Supporting the Whole Student Through Holistic Advising: Reflections on ED’s Raise The Bar Summit

IHEP Institute for Higher Education Policy

As a first-generation student, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona didn’t always know where to turn for help in college. “It wasn’t always easy to know where to go if I needed advice on what classes to take, what to declare for my major, how to get financial aid,” Cardona shared in a keynote at last week’s Attaining College Excellence and Equity Summit.

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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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What it Means to Appreciate Teachers

Believe in Students

Like many young girls of my age, I spent many hours as a child “playing school” in my basement. Occasionally I had to be the student while my younger sister bossed me around, but mostly, I was the teacher. Looking back, there were a shocking number of unruly imaginary students in my classroom, but mostly, I loved creating worksheets, explaining concepts, and telling my students what a great job they did.

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Balancing Exams and Well-being: My Journey to Success

Student Minds

Zainab shares her journey to managing academic stress through effective time management, active learning, self-care and seeking support when needed. - Zainab University exams and assignments often felt overwhelming, turning what should have been a learning experience into a major source of stress for me. I noticed that stress showed up as anxiety, trouble concentrating, and even physical symptoms like headaches and insomnia.

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New Paper Examines Funding of Attacks on Higher Education

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A new white paper, released by the American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Center for the Defense of Academic Freedom, details an outgrowth of a coordinated campaign to generate a backlash against academic institutions. Dr. Irene Mulvey “ Manufacturing Backlash: Right-Wing Think Tanks and Legislative Attacks on Higher Education ” describes well-funded, widespread political attacks on higher education, comprising legislative pursuits that undermine academic freedom and university au

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Active Minds, Strong Lives: Why Openness is Key To Well-Being

Active Minds

In recent years, there has been an increase in awareness surrounding mental health. Individuals from every generation have taken the initiative to shine a light on mental health and work towards decreasing the shame and misconceptions associated with mental health. With this being said, it is important to understand that everyone’s mental health journey is not the same.

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Student Success Hero Day: A Tribute to Higher Education Professionals

Ready Education

Ready Education is excited to announce the celebration of Student Success Hero Day on Wednesday, June 5th. This day is dedicated to honoring the invaluable contributions of higher education professionals who work tirelessly to support student engagement and success.

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Dear David 2.0: Unmasking the College Board’s Profiteering at Educators’ Expense

The Counseling Geek

Dear David 2.0: Unmasking the College Board's Profiteering at Educators' Expense Dear David (it’s me again), This is a follow up to my original letter titled Dear David: An Open Letter to The College Board written in May of 2019. The link to the article is here should you wish to read it: [link] I doubt you will, David, as you are too busy flying around on a private charter or in first class counting your $2mil+ annual salary and sitting on your 2 BILLION DOLLAR mountain of assets.

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Why Quitting is a Bad Idea

Steve Keating

I’ve been fortunate to know many successful people. They come from all walks of life, many different cultures, backgrounds, and industries. Many of them report one particular similarity in their journeys to success. That similarity is that they faced a myriad of challenges and obstacles on their individual journey to success. Some of the challenges were severe enough that they felt like quitting.

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Remote Working: 5 ways to keep motivated

Student Minds

In this short blog, Emily highlights some of the common issues people have with working from home and suggests some ways to overcome these challenges. - Emily I graduated with my undergraduate degree a few years ago. I was in the midst of my second year when the world went into lockdown and, to begin with, I was placed on furlough and shipped back home to a condensed family life again.

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When Education Fails to Align with the Workforce

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

More than one quarter of all middle-skills credentials and associate degrees offered nationwide are misaligned with the needs of their local labor markets, according to the latest report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW), " The Great Misalignment." Dr. Zach Mabel, research professor of education and economics at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

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You Don’t Have to Be an Expert

Active Minds

We all love our friends, but it can be easy to feel like we can’t make a difference in their life. We have each other’s backs, but sometimes knowing exactly what to say when they come to you can be difficult. We want our friends to know we care, but what happens when we can’t fix their problems? Here’s the good news, you don’t need to fix your friends’ problems to support them.

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Symplicity Spotlight: Bill Heinrich, PhD

Symplicity

Each and every day, our client managers and implementation managers across the globe help make our clients' day-to-day just a little bit easier so that they can better support students and employers. With a client support team that comes from across the student success spectrum, clients continuously speak to the dedication of our client support team, and at Symplicity want to give them the attention they deserve.

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2025-26 FISAP Form Now Available; Instructions, Desk Reference, and Technical Reference

College Aid Services

Institutions can access the 2025-26 FISAP as a PDF now that it has received final approval by the Office of Management and Budget. The online form will be available on the COD website by August 1, 2024. POSTED DATE: May 20, 2024 AUTHOR: Federal Student Aid ELECTRONIC ANNOUNCEMENT ID: CB-24-12 SUBJECT: Final 2025–26 FISAP Form,… More » 2025-26 FISAP Form Now Available; Instructions, Desk Reference, and Technical Reference The post 2025-26 FISAP Form Now Available; Instructions, Desk Referen

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Earning the Commitment of the People You Lead

Steve Keating

I am frequently asked about the difference between managing and leading. I am frequently asked that by people who don’t believe there is a difference. I know almost instinctively that the people who do not believe there is a difference between managing and leading are not leading people. They are attempting to do the impossible, which is manage another human being.

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The Student Lifestyle: Drinking Culture

Student Minds

Callum shares his experience with drinking culture at university and student financial hardship Callum - Centre for Mental Health As a student, like many students before me, I have been known to drink. Heavily. At universities, there is a pervasive drink and drug culture. To many students, drinking feels like an essential activity. In my own experience, alcohol consumption was tagged onto nearly every enterprise.

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Report: Increasing Numbers of Community Colleges are Offering Bachelor's Degrees

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

More community colleges in the U.S. are beginning to offer bachelor's degrees in addition to their usual offerings, and many of them serve minority populations, according to a recent report from The Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA) and higher ed consulting firm Bragg & Associates Inc. Dr. Debra Bragg According to the report , a CCB college is defined as a school that presently or historically confers mostly sub-baccalaureate degrees – such as associate degrees – and confers

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5 top tips on how to keep calm during exam season

The Education Hub

Many young people will be sitting exams over the coming months, including GCSEs, A Levels, and VTQs. We know that exam season can be stressful.

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Are Disability Insurance Premiums Tax Deductible? It Depends On How You Buy

Student Loan Planner

Are disability insurance premiums tax deductible? A quick Google search will say the answer is no. But if you’re a business owner, the answer is more complex. In which case, a smarter question is: Should you deduct disability insurance premiums on your taxes? Keep reading to learn when disability insurance premiums can be tax deductible… The post Are Disability Insurance Premiums Tax Deductible?

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FSA Publishes Volume 5 of 2024-25 Handbook, Updates Volumes 1 and 4

College Aid Services

Federal Student Aid has published and updated several portions of the 2024-2025 Federal Student Aid Handbook. What has changed so far? Volume 5 – Withdrawals and the Return of Title IV Funds is now available on the FSA Knowledge. This volume specifically focuses on how institutions should deal with overpayments when a student receives more… More » FSA Publishes Volume 5 of 2024-25 Handbook, Updates Volumes 1 and 4 The post FSA Publishes Volume 5 of 2024-25 Handbook, Updates Volumes

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When the Boss is a Bully

Steve Keating

There are three types of people who have authority over others in the workplace. One is an Authentic Leader. This type of individual is a joy to work with. They care as much about the success of the people they lead as they do about their own success. They work tirelessly to help people reach their full potential, both at work and in life. The second is a manager.

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Enhancing Mental Health Care for College and University Students With Measurement-Based Care

Timely MD

Mental health care is often nuanced, multifaceted, and deeply personal. Every individual’s experience is unique, and influenced by many factors ranging from biological predispositions to environmental stressors. In navigating this complex landscape, providers are responsible for effective counseling and therapy that support healing and ensure tangible progress toward well-being.

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Policy Matters for Black Youth Mental Health

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In a recent op-ed, we described the present challenges Black youth are facing regarding mental health. Sadly, these statistics continue to be alarming as rates remain high in comparison to their same-age white peers. These trends stubbornly persist, which points to the systemic nature of the issue. Dr. Lauren C. Mims We focus, primarily, on systemic issues in K-12 schools as spaces where Black youth spend the majority of their days — an environment meant for their growth and development — academ

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Student Success Hero Day: A Tribute to Higher Education Professionals

Ready Education

Ready Education is excited to announce the celebration of Student Success Hero Day on Wednesday, June 5th. This day is dedicated to honoring the invaluable contributions of higher education professionals in driving student engagement and success.

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Rising Student Loan Interest Rates: Who’s Safe from Soaring Rates?

Student Loan Planner

Federal student loan interest rates are projected to increase later this summer. This is the fourth straight year in which these rates have gone up. But the rate increase won’t impact everyone — only those with newly-disbursed federal student loans. Borrowers with existing, fixed-rate federal student loans will see no interest rate changes. Federal and… The post Rising Student Loan Interest Rates: Who’s Safe from Soaring Rates?

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2024-25 FAFSA: Update on Processing Paper FAFSA Forms, Implementing School-Initiated Corrections, and Temporary Changes to Process for Reporting Disbursements to Provide Institutional Flexibility

College Aid Services

Today the Department released several 2024-25 FAFSA updates including the timeline for processing Paper FAFSA forms and when school-initiated corrections will become available. In addition the deadline has been extended for reporting Direct Loan, Pell Grant, and TEACH Grant program disbursements. Key points include: The Department will begin processing 2024-25 paper FAFSA forms – including… More » 2024-25 FAFSA: Update on Processing Paper FAFSA Forms, Implementing School-Initiated Correcti

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How to Give a Meaningful Compliment

Steve Keating

I often ask during leadership presentations how many of the attendees compliment the people they lead. Most of the hands in the room go up. Then I ask for some examples of compliments they’ve given their people. My favorite is “nice job” followed by “way to go” and “keep up the good work.” I don’t know what those phrases are, but they are most certainly NOT compliments.

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your conference paper – already published or work in progress?

Patter by Pat Thomson

You’re about to write a conference abstract. That sounds straightforward but it’s often not. There are things to decide even before you start writing. For example you have to choose what to focus on. And how cooked it already is. This choice may lead to two dilemmas. Here’s the first – Do you put in one you prepared earlier, that is, a paper that is already published or at least already in review?

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Educating the Next Generation

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

California’s public schools didn’t teach Asian American history to a young Dr. Beth Lew-Williams. Neither did college. So, for those powerful stories she heard as a child from her first-generation immigrant grandfather — who entered the U.S. in the 1930s, amid federal Chinese exclusion efforts and prejudice — she couldn’t fully grasp them. “The stories I got within my family didn’t fit in the U.S. history classes that I was taking,” Lew-Williams says.

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Before You Go to College

Counselors' Corner

by Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. Seniors, here are some recommendations on spending your summertime. College is about trying new things, so give these a spin, and you'll hit the campus more flexible than Gumby after a yoga class. Movie You Must See Before You Go to College The Shawshank Redemption was overlooked when it was released the same year as Forrest Gump.

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3 Major Student Loan Shakeups That Impact Forgiveness and Repayment

Student Loan Planner

Student loan borrowers have been experiencing significant turbulence, with the landscape constantly shifting beneath their feet. New student loan forgiveness and repayment programs, many with complicated eligibility criteria and disparate timelines, offer borrowers opportunities for relief and confusion. The path for borrowers appears to be ever-changing, leaving many feeling lost and unsure of their next… The post 3 Major Student Loan Shakeups That Impact Forgiveness and Repayment appeare