April, 2024

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Overworking: How I work to be efficient

Student Minds

Daniel shares his tips and strategies to work efficiently while also enjoying time off. - Daniel A common problem for students is being overworked, as we all know, the work does not stop! As someone who is dyslexic, I often felt like I was falling behind. However, I found some techniques that helped me progress with my studies while also helping me to enjoy free time.

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Strategies for Speaking Out

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Activism is hardly optional in today’s world. I feel the calling in my bones. My family is deeply Jewish, with both Sephardic and Ashkenazic roots, and taught me the core lessons of tikkun olam (repair the world), tzedakah (create justice), g’milut chasadim (engage in loving kindness), pikuach nefesh (life matters), and ometz lev (courage). These values anchored my identity even as the academy challenged it, trying to make me quieter, smaller, and less effective.

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Embracing the Fresh Start: Spring Cleaning for Mental Health

Active Minds

As we welcome the vibrant hues of spring, there’s an undeniable sense of renewal in the air. Alongside the blooming flowers and chirping birds, many of us feel a compelling urge to de-clutter and refresh our living spaces. April is Stress Awareness Month , and it’s brought to light the importance of handling our stress and clearing our spaces and minds.

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

IHEP Institute for Higher Education Policy

Earlier this month, 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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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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It’s FAFSA Week of Action: Time to Take a #FAFSAFastBreak!

Ed.gov Homeroom

It’s FAFSA Week of Action (April 15-19) and to kick off the effort the U.S. Department of Education is thrilled to announce the launch our #FAFSAFastBreak campaign, a national effort to drive FAFSA submissions among high school seniors and returning college students. Everyone has an important role to play! We have already received nearly 200 Continue Reading The post It’s FAFSA Week of Action: Time to Take a #FAFSAFastBreak!

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Recharging and Reconnecting when Travelling

Student Minds

Abi shares her experiences while travelling during a study abroad, expressing a priority in making sure to take time to rest and recharge - Abi A side of travelling that is not so commonly spoken about or showcased across social media accounts is the effect of loneliness and exhaustion, particularly for solo travellers. It can be very easy to get caught up when jumping from place to place or travelling somewhere new or with new people.

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Transfer Students Need Support from Both Two and Four Year Institutions

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Two new reports and an online dashboard from the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, are part of an ambitious effort to tell the story of transfer students. These resources break down how many students are able to successfully transfer from a two-year institution to a four-year institution, with or without an associate degree or certificate, and how many of those transferred students are able to achieve a bachelor’s degree at the end of their journ

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Your Guide to Advocacy Burnout

Active Minds

Gen Z is no stranger to advocacy. But what happens when mental and physical commitment to a cause becomes too much? This is called advocacy burnout. Earth Day elevates climate and environmental concerns to the top of mind. Many honor the day through participation in outdoor clean-ups, donating to environment-focused organizations, and resharing educational content on social media.

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Last Chance for Many to Get More Credit Toward Student Loan Cancellation

NCLC Student Loan Borrower Assistance

The deadline to apply to consolidate many older federal student loans to be included in the one-time payment count adjustment is Tuesday, April 30th. Do I need to consolidate my loans to get additional credit toward debt relief? How do I know if I have FFEL Loans, Perkins Loans, or Health Education Assistance Loans (HEAL) that are privately held? I have loans I need to consolidate – what do I do next?

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Multilingualism, my Superpower!

Ed.gov Homeroom

BY: Montserrat Garibay, Assistant Deputy Secretary & Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition It was August 1992 in Austin, Texas, when I first walked into a U.S. public school. I still remember how scared and nervous I was. I didn’t speak a word of English. I recall people speaking and asking me questions Continue Reading The post Multilingualism, my Superpower!

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Should AI have a face?

Knowledge Avatars College

Should AI have a face? Emiliano for E… Sun, 04/14/2024 - 19:55 Artificial Intelligence (AI) is constantly evolving, increasingly moving from merely responsive entities to more proactive entities that aid us in a multitude of tasks. AI's growth is perhaps most noticeable in the form of virtual assistants and companion bots, such as Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Replika.

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Ensign College Sees 75% Student Adoption of Academic Planning During Initial Rollout

Civitas Learning

The Challenge: Cumbersome, manual academic planning made it difficult for students to understand what courses they needed to take, resulting in incomplete plans and course registration for classes not required in their degree. The Strategy: Provide a streamlined academic planning experience so students can take ownership of their academic journey with advisors’ guidance to stay on course to graduate.

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Leaders Call for Active Resistance Against Anti-DEI Measures

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

NEW YORK – At the National Action Network (NAN) Convention in New York City, social justice leaders gathered to discuss the impact of anti-Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) legislation introduced or signed into law in states like Texas, Florida, and Alabama. Public institutions in these states are firing DEI-focused employees or redirecting their roles in an effort to comply.

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Harmonizing Wellness: Music Therapy Tips for Mental Health

Active Minds

In the symphony of life, mental health often plays a leading role. Like a well-conducted orchestra, maintaining harmony within oneself requires a balance of many elements. Music stands as a universal language, and has the power to soothe the mind, uplift the spirit, and facilitate healing. It is important to explore the therapeutic benefits of music and offer practical tips on incorporating it into your mental health regimen.

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The PSLF Processing Pause – What You Should Know

NCLC Student Loan Borrower Assistance

Overview The Department of Education is temporarily pausing processing of PSLF applications & forms PSLF borrowers should download their information from their MOHELA account before April 30th Why is the Department pausing PSLF processing? Is my account still with MOHELA during the pause? Is MOHELA still going to service my loans after the transition to the new BPOs?

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U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Lead the Way on Healthy, Sustainable Infrastructure and Environmental Learning

Ed.gov Homeroom

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the 2024 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country 41 schools, 10 districts, one early learning center, and three postsecondary institutions were named. School systems across the U.S. are implementing environmental education standards, flipping the switch on solar Continue Reading The post U.S.

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Team Spotlight: Nanette DiLauro

College Aid Services

In this month’s Team Spotlight, we’re excited to feature Nanette DiLauro. Nanette began her journey in higher education in 1992, assuming key roles as Director of Financial Aid at both Columbia University and Barnard College, where she made significant contributions over 13 years. She joined College Aid Services in 2023, where she continues to leverage… More » Team Spotlight: Nanette DiLauro The post Team Spotlight: Nanette DiLauro first appeared on College Aid Services.

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Streamlined Registration Process Boosts Enrollment at Jacksonville State University

Civitas Learning

The Challenge: Facing declining retention and cumbersome scheduling, JAX State needed to address barriers to enrollment. The Strategy: Implement a seamless registration experience that facilitates student persistence to the next term, providing advisors additional time and opportunities to connect with students. The Outcomes: By simplifying the scheduling and registration experience, JAX State is achieving better student outcomes and improving interactions between students and staff.

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Report: Student Interest in Pursuing Careers in Education on the Decline, But Enrollment in Intro Teaching Courses Rises

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Today’s high school students are showing less interest in pursuing careers in education, and teachers in the profession are feeling burnt out and underpaid, according to a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Megan Boren The report – created in partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education – examines responses from teachers-in-training and available student data to discern how members of Generation Z – those born between 1996 and 2012 – view care

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What’s On Your Plate? How Healthy Eating Can Fuel Your Mental Health

Timely MD

As we work to navigate the intricacies of daily life – amidst deadlines, responsibilities, and constant connectivity – prioritizing your health and well-being often takes a back seat. Yet, the connection between what we eat and how we feel mentally is gaining increasing attention. Just as our bodies need nourishment to thrive, our minds also require proper fuel to function optimally.

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Leveraging TRIO for Career Success: A Pathway to Opportunity 

COE

Leveraging TRIO for Career Success: A Pathway to Opportunity April 24, 2024 — by Tommy Walls At the heart of TCDP lies a commitment to reducing income and wealth disparities, ensuring that every student, regardless of their background, has access to the tools and resources necessary to thrive in today’s competitive job market. Did you know that participation in an internship increases a student’s likelihood of employment?

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Myth vs. Fact: Academic Advisors

Ed.gov Homeroom

BY: Gabriel Bermea, Visiting Scholar at The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) From the belief that academic advisors only handle course scheduling, to the assumption that they make all decisions for students, there are a few persistent myths about academic advisors and their responsibilities. As an academic advising researcher and former post-secondary advisor, Continue Reading The post Myth vs.

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COD Implementation for 2024–25, Outage Scheduled for April 20th

College Aid Services

FSA has notified institutions that it will suspend batch processing for the Common Origination Disbursement System (COD) as it makes important updates in preparation for the 2024-25 academic year. The outage is scheduled to occur between 11 p.m. ET on April 20, 2024 and 11 a.m. ET on April 21, 2024. In addition, users will… More » COD Implementation for 2024–25, Outage Scheduled for April 20th The post COD Implementation for 2024–25, Outage Scheduled for April 20th first appeared on Colleg

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research as creative practice – possibility thinking

Patter by Pat Thomson

The late Anna Craft said that possibility thinking is moving from asking what something is, or does, to asking questions about what something might be or do or become. Possibility thinking is wondering, imagining, asking the question What if ….? Possibility thinking is at the heart of creative practic e. Possibility thinking is the way that ideas are surfaced.

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Challenges for Higher Education: An Emerging Skills Shortage and Inequity in the Workforce

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

American higher education is called upon to serve a variety of purposes: advancement of knowledge, expansion of cultural appreciation, extending understanding of societal benefits and obligations, and preparing a diversity of students with the skills they need for a successful and rewarding life. These missions are important to the well-being of our people and the strength of our country.

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How to Get the Maximum Disability Insurance Allowed as a High-Income Earner

Student Loan Planner

Long-term disability insurance (LTD) generally protects up to 60% of your gross income against an unexpected injury, illness or medical condition. However, most insurance companies have a maximum disability insurance allowed, which typically caps out around $15,000 to $30,000 per month, depending on specialty and other determining factors. For most professions, the maximum benefit amount… The post How to Get the Maximum Disability Insurance Allowed as a High-Income Earner appeared first on

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4 Ways a Connected Registration Experience Removes Barriers to Completion

Civitas Learning

Whether you are in a 4-year or 2-year institution, a variety of factors can complicate a student’s path to graduation. Surprisingly, many who delay their degree are near graduation. A Civitas Learning analysis found that one in five students finishes 75% of their degree before hitting pause. The story behind this unfortunate statistic often boils down to students not knowing which classes they need, where to get help, and what steps lie ahead to get to the finish line.

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Made for Our Times: Mobility, Vibrancy, and the Next 123 Years of the Community College Movement

Ed.gov Homeroom

By Pam Eddinger, President, Bunker Hill Community College During my 11 years at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts, I have received many visits from global educators curious about the uniquely American phenomenon of the Community College. In our exchanges, we inevitably observe that we are a place that prepares individuals for the future Continue Reading The post Made for Our Times: Mobility, Vibrancy, and the Next 123 Years of the Community College Movement appeared first on

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House Subcommittee: FAFSA Fail: Examining the Impacts on Students, Families, and Schools

College Aid Services

The Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee convened on April 10th to discuss the numerous issues plaguing the 2024-25 FAFSA. The hearing was titled “FASFA Fail: Examining the Impact on Students, Families, and Schools.” Representatives from both sides of the aisle used the hearing to ask questions about the problems with the form’s rollout, what… More » House Subcommittee: FAFSA Fail: Examining the Impacts on Students, Families, and Schools The post House

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Opportunities To Beat Summer Melt: Unlock Student Engagement Early

Ready Education

You have your incoming class identified and students have deposited– time to celebrate and look forward to their arrival on campus! Or is it?

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Fixing FASFA: Black Students and HBCUs Will Lose the Most

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The introduction and rollout of the new Better FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form has led to a multitude of challenges, setbacks, and concerns among students, caregivers, and educators. What began as a well-intentioned effort to simplify what has historically been a cumbersome process to apply for federal student aid has been made even more complex, resulting in delays in enrollment decisions for many students, particularly students of color who disproportionately rely upon st

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4 Ways to Get Aidvantage Student Loan Forgiveness

Student Loan Planner

Aidvantage is a federal student loan servicer that’s designated by the Department of Education. As a federal loan borrower, you might be working with the company while paying off your student loan. If Aidvantage is your servicer and you’re facing financial difficulty in repaying your federal student loans, there’s help. Aidvantage can discuss your repayment… The post 4 Ways to Get Aidvantage Student Loan Forgiveness appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Parenting a College Student

Counselors' Corner

by Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. This is the time of year when many parents aren’t quite sure what to do with themselves. Years and years—and years—of chauffeuring kids here and there created a portal into their lives college doesn’t offer. In a way, that’s good; kids aren’t raised to be perpetually dependent. On the other hand, it’s wise to want to be there when their reality of adulthood is less than their vision of what it’s supposed to be.