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Making Equity a Priority

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Keith Curry likes to walk the campus of Compton College, the two-year school that he has led for the last 13 years — two as interim president and chief executive officer (CEO) and 11 as its permanent leader. On this January day, Curry — who grew up just a short distance from the college — greets the groundworkers and buttonholes administrative staff about the latest developments taking place across campus.

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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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4 Ways to Leverage Nonpayment Periods for Student Loan Forgiveness

Student Loan Planner

The Biden administration has approved over $140 billion in student loan forgiveness since 2021, according to the most recent data released by the Education Department. This relief was authorized under various existing student debt relief programs and addressed long-standing issues, many of which had previously been plagued by poor administering and dismal approval rates.

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On MAL-attribution

Patter by Pat Thomson

I was recently reviewing a paper and saw my own work cited. Very nice, you might think. However, I was cited for saying a thing that I didn’t say – a thing that I would never ever say. It was a thing that I have railed against in almost everything I’ve written on the topic. Now I know that meanings are not fixed. People interpret. And that’s generally good and we writers like to make people think their own thoughts.

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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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Time for Action on Off-Campus Housing

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Want to surprise a college-bound student? Tell them that just 16% of all college students live on campus. Let them know that the high price of rent is one of the leading contributors to student debt, and that nearly one in two undergraduates struggles with housing insecurity while in school. Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab They’ll probably express concern, wonder why colleges aren’t mentioning this, and get confused when they find little information about affordable off-campus housing on school websites.

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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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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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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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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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Why Your Benefit Period Matters: Understanding How Long Disability Insurance Lasts

Student Loan Planner

Long-term disability insurance protects your income if an injury or medical condition prevents you from working for an extended period of time. But how much disability insurance pays and for how long depends on your policy and its benefit period. How do long-term disability benefits work? Long-term disability insurance is a highly customizable financial product,… The post Why Your Benefit Period Matters: Understanding How Long Disability Insurance Lasts appeared first on Student Loan Plann

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Congress Averts Shutdown, Levels Funding for TRIO and GEAR UP Programs in FY24

COE

Congress Averts Shutdown, Levels Funding for TRIO and GEAR UP Programs in FY24 March 23, 2024 — by Owen Toomey Because the Fiscal Responsibility Act, also known as the debt limit deal, capped federal spending at FY23 levels, the Federal TRIO Programs received level funding at $1.191 billion. Congress averted a government shutdown by passing the final appropriations bills for FY24 over the weekend.

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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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FSA Update on 2024-25 FAFSA Processing: 6 million ISIRs to be Transmitted by End of March

College Aid Services

As of March 25th, the Department of Education has transmitted over four million ISIRs to institutions around the country for the upcoming academic year and expects to process another two million FAFSA forms by the end of March. Students will be able to make updates and corrections to their FAFSA forms in the first half… More » FSA Update on 2024-25 FAFSA Processing: 6 million ISIRs to be Transmitted by End of March The post FSA Update on 2024-25 FAFSA Processing: 6 million ISIRs to be Tran

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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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FAFSA Foul Ups? Enough—Someone Needs to Go

Counselors' Corner

by Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. I can’t think of a single school counselor who wouldn’t be disciplined, even fired, if they prevented half of their seniors from applying to college. These students want to go to college, and they’ve navigated many hoops and hurdles to build academic and extracurricular records that not only show their ability to be successful in college, but give them the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to be successful once they arrive on campus.

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Summit Brings Together Leaders to Discuss How to Strengthen America's HBCUs

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

HBCU leaders convened online Thursday to strategize about the state of historically Black colleges and universities in the country and what can be done to strengthen them. The event was hosted by Virginia Union University and Rice University. Dr. Terrell Strayhorn The day-long Black Leadership Across Campuses" (BLAC) Summit 2024 – an ongoing partnership between VUU’s Center for the Study and Preservation of HBCUs and Rice’s Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) – welcome

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Federal Government Passes FY2024 Budget, Pell Grant Maximum Maintained at $7,395

College Aid Services

The U.S. Senate passed H.R. 2882 in the early Saturday morning after missing the deadline to fund three-quarters of the government before sending the bill to President Biden’s desk. Now that the continuing resolution has been signed into law, the Department of Education will receive $79.1 billion for the 2024 fiscal year and sustains the… More » Federal Government Passes FY2024 Budget, Pell Grant Maximum Maintained at $7,395 The post Federal Government Passes FY2024 Budget, Pell Gra

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How to Find the Best Financial Advisor for Physicians

Student Loan Planner

When it comes to financial planning for physicians, you need a comprehensive approach to wealth building that factors in the unique opportunities and challenges that come with your line of work. An experienced financial advisor for physicians can take the guesswork out, helping you to reach major life goals like owning a home or retiring… The post How to Find the Best Financial Advisor for Physicians appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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The Art of Diplomacy

Steve Keating

Life will always include some amount of conflict. Many people, including people in leadership positions, will go to great lengths to avoid engaging in conflict. Anything that is, except engaging in diplomacy. Diplomacy makes it possible to resolve a conflict by working with people to find an outcome acceptable to all sides. You may not believe that you are diplomatic enough to find middle ground with people of differing opinions.

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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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3 New Updates with CSM 9.1

Symplicity

Symplicity CSM is constantly innovating based on the career services needs of our university partners. Check out the latest updates to help provide your student job seekers more opportunities and career preparation tools than ever before.

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Enrollment Experience Impact Report 2023

Civitas Learning

Learn how the student registration experience impacts student persistence across Civitas Learning partner institutions. The post Enrollment Experience Impact Report 2023 appeared first on Civitas Learning.

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April is Autism Awareness Month

Purdue University Global

The month of April is designated as Autism Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], (2023b), this designation encourages acceptance and inclusion of those with autism. The theme of Autism Awareness Month in 2024 is “Celebrate Differences” (CDC, 2023a). In addition to providing an Autism Awareness Month Tookit , the CDC (2023) also offers Autism Research and Resources on their site.

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HBCUs Continue to Meet Their Mission During Tough Times

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

NEW YORK — Dr. Brandi Waters, senior program manager of AP African American Studies at the College Board, and Dr. Ericka Armstrong Dunbar, professor of history at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. When Dr. Ericka Armstrong Dunbar first got the call in 2019 to proofread scripts for accuracy in Julian Fellowes’ new series The Gilded Age on HBO, she was surprised.

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Meet Samantha Pace, Account Manager

Thrive Alliance Group

March 1 was Employee Appreciation Day! We are celebrating our team members all month long by sharing their stories. Read more about Samantha Pace, Account Manager, at Thrive Alliance Group and how she supports clinicians and works behind the scenes. What is your favorite thing about working here? The people. The administrative team here in the office, along with everyone else, are so hands on and willing to help.

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EDExpress, Release 1.0 Addresses ISIR and FTI Report Issues

College Aid Services

Financial Aid Offices can now download EDExpress for Windows 2024-25, Release 1.0: the latest software update to resolve issues with the program’s importation and reporting functions. The patch also includes several updates to ensure that information imported NSLDS is correctly displayed and the software’s field values match their counterparts in the new ISIR record layout.… More » EDExpress, Release 1.0 Addresses ISIR and FTI Report Issues The post EDExpress, Release 1.0 Addre

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How ‘Golden Hour” principles apply to workplace investigations

Symplicity

With its roots in the medical profession, the basic ‘Golden Hour’ rule emphasizes the critical need for swift intervention in treating major trauma to prevent complications and mitigate further harm. This principle is now often applied in investigations to harness the clear advantages and extensive benefits of a rapid and efficient response to reported incidents.

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Unapologetic Leadership Thought: Freedom Dreaming

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In the fall of 2023, at Compton College, we invited Dr. Gina Garcia, professor of policy, politics, and leadership at Berkeley School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, to serve as our fall professional development day opening speaker — to provide insight for our campus as we continue our journey, serving as an Hispanic Serving Institution.

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Meet Taylor Ricciardi, Therapist

Thrive Alliance Group

March 1 was Employee Appreciation Day! We are celebrating our team members all month long by sharing their stories. Read more about Taylor Ricciardi, Therapist, and how much she enjoys seeing her students grow and flourish. What is your favorite thing about working here? I love collaborating with different staff and working with the kids. What keeps you coming to work each day?

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Consider Best Value Colleges

College Planners of America

The annual ranking of Best Colleges published by U.S. New & World Report (U.S. News) receives plenty of press coverage when it’s released in September. Perhaps as a result, the U.S. News rankings are relied upon by many students and parents in their search for the right college. Other publications with Best Colleges rankings include Forbes, Princeton Review, Money, Kiplinger, New York Times Higher Education, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Smartphone Apps and Fitness Trackers May Be Helpful Ways to Increase Physical Activity

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

If you are looking for ways to be more active, you may want to consider using an app or fitness tracker. Look at different apps and decide if there is one best suited for the activity you enjoy. Consider asking a friend to join you in using the same app. If you are competitive, a physical activity app might be effective at getting you moving and staying on track.

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Diversity, Equity and Student Success Conference Plots Agenda for the Future

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

PHILADELPHIA— Despite the ongoing attacks to diversity, equity and inclusion within higher education, more than a thousand educators gathered in-person and virtually late last week to share strategies and brainstorm ways to center equitable outcomes for the students who attend their institutions. Sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), this year’s “Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Access: What Unites Us,” drew faculty, students, administrators

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Our Top Questions for Admissions Offices During College Campus Visits

CFAA College Financial Aid Advisors

Spring is here – and March, in particular, has ushered in the famous “March Madness” tournament. But around here, March Madness is about more than just basketball! High school seniors are determining where they’re going to school and how to pay. High school juniors are beginning to get their college application journey started. All of these events (including the basketball tournament!