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New Ways to Support Community College Student Health

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A widespread health crisis is undermining American community colleges, with many current and potential students exhibit high rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, food insecurity, and more. The challenges predate the pandemic but were exacerbated by it. The COVID-19 infection itself also appears to have made the situation worse.

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How Active Minds Speakers Can Help You Create Lasting Mental Health Change

Active Minds

Research shows that peer-to-peer outreach is the best way to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health and to encourage people to seek help if they need it. Since 2009, the Active Minds Speakers have provided mental health outreach for students and young adults nationwide, sharing their personal stories regarding mental health struggles and resilience.

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IDR Recertification Deadline Delayed Until Late 2024: What it Means For You

Student Loan Planner

On Friday March 1, Department of Ed decided to abruptly delay recertification of Income Driven Repayment (IDR) for borrowers until “no earlier than late September 2024.” For many borrowers, this could mean that you don't have to share information about your current income until mid to late 2025. Borrowers who were asked to recertify already… The post IDR Recertification Deadline Delayed Until Late 2024: What it Means For You appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Meet the Your Place in Space Challenge Winners

Ed.gov Homeroom

High school teachers across the country worked with their students this past fall to enter the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department’s) Your Place in Space Challenge. The challenge was the first in the CTE Momentum series, which prepares high school students for rewarding careers and increases access to career and technical education (CTE). Through the Continue Reading The post Meet the Your Place in Space Challenge Winners appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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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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Report Finds 'Call Deflection' Loan Servicing Scheme

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC) released the results of a years-long investigation into industry mismanagement of the student loan system. “This report shines a spotlight on the incompetence, malfeasance, and blatant disregard of a company that should be trying to help borrowers achieve their dreams,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten.

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Parent PLUS Loans: An Unconventional Back-to-School Consolidation Loophole That’s Closing Soon

Student Loan Planner

As a Parent PLUS Loan borrower, you might’ve gotten a federal student loan for your child’s education as an act of love. In return, you might’ve gotten a pretty bum deal. That’s because this type of education loan comes with an interest rate on the high end and limited access to repayment options. Some Parent… The post Parent PLUS Loans: An Unconventional Back-to-School Consolidation Loophole That’s Closing Soon appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Volume Alert: Dive into the Latest on Student Aid and Pell Grant Eligibility

College Aid Services

Two volumes from the 2024-2025 Federal Student Aid Handbook regarding student eligibility for awards, parent borrowers, and Pell Grants are now publicly available. To access all nine volumes of the handbook or submit any questions that you may have, visit FSA’s Knowledge Center as well as their Customer Support webpages. Specifically, Federal Student Aid published… More » Volume Alert: Dive into the Latest on Student Aid and Pell Grant Eligibility The post Volume Alert: Dive into the

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JSTOR's Digital Archives Now Reach Over Half a Million Incarcerated Learners

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

More than half a million incarcerated people can now access scholarly materials and texts online via digital library JSTOR’s expansion of its availability in U.S. prisons. Stacy Burnett What was once a small effort available to approximately 20 carceral sites has now grown its reach to be available to more than 1,000, said Stacy Burnett, senior product manager for JSTOR’s parent company, ITHAKA.

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For the Culture: A Personal Reflection of Resilience, Inspiration and Advocacy

Believe in Students

There are many aspects of Black History Month that I hold close to my heart. However, a couple stand out, especially as I reflect on how often I am the only Black person in many of the professional spaces I occupy. First, I am profoundly moved by the purposeful, anti-performative efforts from our organizations and institutions to elevate Black voices, commemorate Black achievements, and pay homage to the towering Black figures—upon whose shoulders I stand—whose indomitable spirit has shaped both

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Why Aren’t Voters Giving President Biden Credit for His Student Loan Policies?

Student Loan Planner

A poll done on November 30 from a Democratic-leaning polling firm looked at two populations: “under 45 without student loans” and “under 45 with student loans.” They asked, “Which candidate do you prefer for President? Biden or Trump?” The results are shocking. President Biden appears not to be getting much, if any, credit for what… The post Why Aren’t Voters Giving President Biden Credit for His Student Loan Policies?

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SAIG Software, EDconnect 8.6.1 Updates are Now Available; Required for 2024-25

College Aid Services

The Department of Education has released an updated version of Edconnect 8.6.1, which is now available on the Knowledge Center’s “Software and Other Tools” website. The upgraded software is required to receive Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) in the new FTI-SAIG mailbox for the 2024–25 award year and beyond. POSTED DATE February 27, 2024 AUTHOR… More » SAIG Software, EDconnect 8.6.1 Updates are Now Available; Required for 2024-25 The post SAIG Software,

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Former K-12 Teacher Voted AERA President-Elect

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Maisha T. Winn has been elected to a leadership post at the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Maisha T Winn The association announced that Winn will join the AERA Council as president-elect in 2024–2025, ahead of her presidency, which begins at the conclusion of the association’s 2025 annual meeting. She will succeed Dr. Janelle Scott, who will assume the AERA presidency April 14, 2024, at the close of the association’s 2024 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

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How to Work With a Know It All

Steve Keating

I had an “interesting” conversation with someone a week or so ago. I’ve known this person for a while and have found them to be difficult to help. I have even described them as virtually uncoachable. But I’ve kept trying and my effort led us to a conversation that explains why they are so difficult to help. This person is somewhere in their early 50’s, at least that’s my best guess.

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A New Approach to College Admissions Testing Policies

Counselors' Corner

by Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. Dear Junior: You’ve probably heard many colleges are updating their admissions policies regarding the submission of test scores. Since you’ve expressed an interest in applying to Everold College, we thought we’d reach out and let you know we’ve updated our policy as well. Everold had long required SAT or ACT test scores, feeling these scores give us a clearer understanding of where students stood nationally.

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Department of Education Lays Out Next Steps for 24-25 FAFSA

College Aid Services

As part of their ongoing Better FAFSA support strategy, the federal government has outlined what institutions can expect over the next several days in terms of implementation support. These resources include a technical update to the SAI formula, the release of 100 test ISIRs, open-source tool enhancements, and testing for FTI-SAIG mailbox connectivity.

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Community-Engaged Scholar Dr. DeLeon Gray Believes in the Value of Hyperlocal Work

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Originally from Washington, D.C., Dr. DeLeon Gray attended an elementary school on Howard University’s campus, which allowed him to see what community engagement looked like up close. “Engaging with college students was regular from early on,” says Gray. “When I went to other spaces and started thinking about my work, community engagement just seemed so natural to me.

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Why Most College Grads Should Seek Student Loan Forgiveness Using SAVE

Student Loan Planner

The SAVE plan has truly changed the math behind college loan repayment, particularly for undergraduate degree holders. Being debt free has psychological advantages, but the math is undeniable that the average college graduate should pursue student loan forgiveness instead of debt repayment. How the SAVE plan works for undergraduate degree holders Under SAVE (which stands… The post Why Most College Grads Should Seek Student Loan Forgiveness Using SAVE appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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research key words – significance

Patter by Pat Thomson

We all want to do research that matters. Right? Surely no one out there wants to spend a load of time and energy doing research that is of no value, that nobody will take any notice of and that won’t make an iota of difference to anyone anywhere? Why do that? Of course, there is a road between the research results and having it taken up. So rather than making a difference, research has to have real potential to do something – stimulate other work, bring about a change in a field, explore somethi

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Department of Education Forgives $1.2 Billion in Loans for 153,000 SAVE Plan Borrowers

College Aid Services

Last week, the White House unveiled another round of student loan debt relief that will impact over 100,000 Americans and brings the total amount forgiven to nearly $138 billion. This will primarily impact those who borrowed $12,000 or less as a student and made eligible payments for the past 10 years. Read the full press… More » Department of Education Forgives $1.2 Billion in Loans for 153,000 SAVE Plan Borrowers The post Department of Education Forgives $1.2 Billion in Loans for 153,000

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Dr. Winnifred R. Brown-Glaude, The College of New Jersey

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Winnifred Brown-Glaude is professor of African American studies and sociology and anthropology at The College of New Jersey. Brown-Glaude is the former chair of the Department of African American Studies, where she spearheaded the development of its major. She researches race, gender, and informal economies in the Anglophone Caribbean. As an author and co-author, she has written several articles and books including Higglers in Kingston: Women’s Informal Work in Jamaica , The Toni Morrison Bo

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Using Food Thermometers

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Did you know 66% of people do not use food thermometers correctly? If food temperatures are not checked regularly, people are at higher risk of a foodborne illness. Research by the USDA shows one out of four hamburgers turn brown before they reach the minimum internal temperature. The color of cooked food does not determine its doneness. Check meats in the thickest part of the food without touching any bone or fat.

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Top Myths About Whole Life Insurance Exposed: Why Investing Is the Smarter Choice

Student Loan Planner

Whole life insurance is often debated in financial circles. Is it a bad investment? Yes. If you’re thinking of (or are being pitched) whole life insurance as an investment strategy, that is a bad idea. Is whole life insurance a scam? No, but even though it isn’t a scam, it is almost certainly a bad… The post Top Myths About Whole Life Insurance Exposed: Why Investing Is the Smarter Choice appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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FSA Releases Guidelines for Direct Assessment Programs

College Aid Services

In a Dear Colleague letter, the Department of Education provided the requirements for institutions who want to receive Title IV aid for direct assessment programs. The letter contains a detailed overview of the guidelines, recent changes to application process, and where administrators can find additional resources if they have questions or concerns.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Given the ubiquitous attack on diversity, equity, and inclusion ( DEI ) led by current and aspiring politicians, including former President Donald J. Trump and Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida, a first-time American visitor might erroneously conclude that the country has been attacked by a cultural virus created by artificial intelligence designed to infect the purity of American democracy.

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3 Ways Advocate Flex Enhances Student Support

Symplicity

In the realm of higher education, the wellbeing and success of students are paramount. Universities and colleges are increasingly recognizing the importance of holistic support for students beyond academics. Symplicity's Advocate Flex emerges as a powerful tool that can revolutionize student support services by addressing a wide array of needs, from food insecurity to transportation challenges, equity issues, and more.

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6 Ways to Motivate Your Team to Overcome Adversity: Life After FAFSA® Simplification

HEAG

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb — a reference to the weather, of course. For financial aid professionals this is an apt description of what we hope March will bring in terms … Read more ».

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From Legacy to Action: Reflections on Black History Month and the Ongoing Pursuit of Justice

Believe in Students

I was a young child when Black History Month came to national consciousness. I remember my dad using the opportunity to teach me, barely in school, about the history of Black achievement and leadership in this country. As an Iowan, I learned about George Washington Carver’s scientific achievements and Alexander Clark’s work creating the first integrated schools in the country.

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University of Maryland Reckons with the Past

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

University of Maryland campus, Memorial Chapel. The University of Maryland (UMD) has released its first report covering the history of their institution and its intersection with slavery, The 1856 Project – Reconstructing the Truth. Its goal, stated in the report, is to become a “blue print for a richer understanding of generations of racialized trauma rooted in the institution.

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Key takeaways from the Australian University Accords

Symplicity

Heralded as the new “blueprint” for changes to higher education for decades to come, Australian’s Federal education minister Jason Clare has released the much anticipated Universities Accord. This is the first broad review of higher education in Australia since 2008. This marks, as The University of Melbourne’s Gwilym Croucher told The Conversation , the “most significant changes to higher education in a generation.

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The Council for Opportunity in Education Announces New Partnership with the Institute of International Education Center for Access and Equity

COE

The Council for Opportunity in Education Announces New Partnership with the Institute of International Education Center for Access and Equity February 26, 2024 — by Terrance L. Hamm Discover how the IIE Center for Access and Equity’s partnership with COE is revolutionizing study abroad opportunities for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students.

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Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising Award Winners announced

Missouri State Academic Advising and Transfer Cent

Dr. Aida Hass-Wisecup, Dr. Billie Follensbee and Heather M. Luellen will be recognized as the recipients of the 2024 Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising Awards at the Kathy J. Davis Master Advisor Reception on March 19, 2024, from 4-5 p.m. in the Union Club in Plaster Student Union. Each will be presented with a plaque and $1,500 award. Hass-Wisecup is a professor and graduate program director in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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Association Sanctions New College of Florida, Spartanburg Community College for Violations of Shared Governance

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

New College of Florida and Spartanburg Community College have been added to the American Association of University Professors ’ list of institutions sanctioned for substantial noncompliance with widely accepted standards of academic government. AAUP’s Governing Council voted on the measure Feb. 24. New College of Florida New College of Florida The association reported details in its special committee report, Political Interference and Academic Freedom in Florida’s Public Higher Education System.

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For the Culture: A Personal Reflection of Resilience, Inspiration and Advocacy

Believe in Students

I was a young child when Black History Month came to national consciousness. I remember my dad using the opportunity to teach me, barely in school, about the history of Black achievement and leadership in this country. As an Iowan, I learned about George Washington Carver’s scientific achievements and Alexander Clark’s work creating the first integrated schools in the country.