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Building a Resilient Community of Learners

Knack

Building a resilient and supportive student network on college campuses is crucial for enhancing academic success and fostering a positive campus culture. In this article, we will focus on the development of these supportive networks, emphasizing the role of peer-to-peer support and, specifically, peer tutoring as a key element in creating a nurturing academic environment.

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UNCF Report Examines Black Teacher Pipeline, Offers Best Practices

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A 40-page report released by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) reveals that Black teacher scarcity may be attributed to factors including desegregation, racism, and the incorporation of standardized tests that result in Black teachers losing their license. The report, titled “The Heart Work of Hard Work: Black Teacher Pipeline Best Practices at HBCU Teacher Education Programs,” found that teacher certification exams used to screen effectiveness eliminated nearly 100,000 minority teachers in 3

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Embracing a New Chapter: My Ambitions and Aspirations for the New Year at University

Student Minds

Our author shares her thoughts and feelings about the new year and what her aims are. - Anon As the new year begins, I find myself standing at the threshold of a fresh chapter in my academic journey. The canvas of 2024 awaits, and with it, an array of ambitions and aspirations that I am eager to bring to fruition during my time at university. First and foremost, the advent of a new year invites reflection and the setting of goals.

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the ABC of organising your time

Patter by Pat Thomson

Lots of we scholarly peeps struggle to find time to write. Time is on pretty well everyone’s list. So we keep looking for better ways to manage our time so we can get more time to write. My proprietary university software seems to want to help – it now issues a weekly bulletin, whether I want it or not, telling me how much time I’ve spend “collaborating” compared to the amount of time I’ve spent on screen.

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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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How to Overcome Fear

Steve Keating

Our mind can play all kinds of tricks on us. It can fool us into believing things that aren’t true and disbelieving things that are. The “experts” say the only place fear exists is in our minds. I’m not so sure about that, it seems very real to me at times. But then I think about watching a scary movie and jumping out of my seat as if the scary thing can get to me.

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An Open Letter to Education Secretary Cardona

Counselors' Corner

by Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. Mr. Secretary: I don’t often speak on behalf of the school counselor profession, even though I’ve been president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and inaugural School Counselor Ambassador Fellow at the Department of Education (ED). But, circumstances being what they are, and emboldened by this being National School Counseling Week, I’m going to roll the dice of drawing the ire of some colleagues and speak for the team.

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FAFSA Guidance for Applicants Under Age 13

College Aid Services

Federal Student Aid (FSA) has released updated guidelines for how the FAFSA should be processed for underaged applicants who wish to apply for financial aid. While these may not be a common occurrence in a given academic year, it is important that such applications are still processed in compliance with federal regulations and completed in… More » FAFSA Guidance for Applicants Under Age 13 The post FAFSA Guidance for Applicants Under Age 13 first appeared on College Aid Services.

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6 ways we’re supporting children and young people with their mental health

The Education Hub

Schools and colleges play an important role in promoting and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students through creating safe, calm and supportive learning environments. Student voice is key to schools and colleges having an effective approach to wellbeing and is part of our mental health guidance for schools and colleges. Involving students in decisions that impact them can benefit their mental health and wellbeing by helping them to feel part of the school, college and wider commun

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Work That Makes You Smile - Dr. Terah “TJ” Stewart

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Title: Assistant Professor, Division of Higher Education, Iowa State University Age: 37 Education: B.A., psychology, Ohio State University; M.A., higher education & student affairs, Ohio State University; M.LHR, human resource management, Ohio State University; and Ph.D., counseling & student personnel services, University of Georgia Career mentors: Dr.

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The crucial role of orientation and transition programs in Australian hgher education

Symplicity

Entering college is a stressful and exciting time for any student. Whether they are a first year student at a big university or small, there is a lot to manage on both the student, parent, and university side. Such programs play a vital role in helping new students acclimate to university life, fostering a sense of belonging, and providing essential information and support.

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Updates to the 2024-25 Application and Verification Guide

College Aid Services

FSA has revised several sections of the 24-25 Application and Verification guide to provide the most up-to-date information for the upcoming academic year. These changes primarily focus on references to the SAI Formula Guide, how to report a qualified education benefit or savings account, and clarifying what verification documents are needed for non-tax filers.

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How to Accept Criticism Gracefully

Steve Keating

Early in my career I was not a fan of criticism. Truth be told, I’m still not a huge fan of it. I, like most everyone else would prefer to hear accolades but let’s face it, criticism is a part of life. That being the case, how we receive it and what we do with it will determine whether it hurts us or helps us. I decided long ago the best way to deal with criticism is by becoming my own worst critic.

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ACCT, NHSA Launch Partnership to Expand Child Care for Student-Parents

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has partnered with the National Head Start Association (NHSA) to provide on-campus childcare classrooms at community colleges. "Students who are parents face enormous life challenges that compete with their abilities to thrive in college,” said ACCT President and CEO Jee Hang Lee. “Bringing Head Start centers to more community colleges is an elegant solution to address one complexity of the long-standing problem of student persistence and comp

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Address 3 Common Course Schedule Planning Challenges with Actionable Analytics

Civitas Learning

Higher education leaders strive to create a course schedule that is both efficient to build and easy for students to enroll in necessary courses. Despite this intention, course schedule planning is often a reactive process that can lead to increased workloads for staff and frustration for students during active registration periods. Scenarios like the one described below can often unfold: Department chairs, academic deans, and registrars work within their independent silos, managing a cumbersome

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Reminder: Federal Pell Grant Program Reconciliation

College Aid Services

FSA has released additional guidance for when and how financial aid offices should reconcile their institution’s federal Pell Grant funding each year; including the the process for internal as well as external reconciliations. The full announcement also contains instructions for data submission, funding cancellation, and answers to 13 commonly asked questions related to Pell reconciliation… More » Reminder: Federal Pell Grant Program Reconciliation The post Reminder: Federal Pell Gra

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Unleashing the Power of empower™ at Southeastern Louisiana University

COE

Unleashing the Power of empower at Southeastern Louisiana University February 7, 2024 — by Ron Abel Explore how Southeastern Louisiana University’s Upward Bound programs evolved with empower , seamlessly integrating to streamline operations and empower staff. At Southeastern Louisiana University, we run three classic Upward Bound and two Upward Bound Math-Science programs currently and have received Federal TRIO grants since 1987.

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Study Reveals Only 16% of Faculty is Ready for GenAI in Higher Education

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A new study examines potential effects of artificial intelligence on current challenges faced in higher education and notes that few are ready. The 2023-2024 Digital Learning Pulse Survey revealed that three-quarters of higher education trustees, faculty, and administrators believe GenAI will noticeably change their institutions — and help solve ongoing issues.

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Partner Appreciation Week 2024: Partner Spotlights

Knack

Each Partner Appreciation Week, we’re grateful to get to share some of the considerable impact that Knack has had on campuses across the country. It is on these campuses that we get to implement and nurture programs that help students achieve their academic goals, develop valuable and marketable skills, and persist to graduation.

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Secretary Cardona Pledges Additional FAFSA Support for Colleges

College Aid Services

At the 2024 NASFAA Leadership & Legislative Conference on Monday, Secretary Cardona announced that the Department of Education will provide additional FAFSA support to colleges, referenced as the “FAFSA College Support Strategy.” These measures include additional funding for technical support, federal employees to provide logistical support, and other tools to help institutions process aid packages… More » Secretary Cardona Pledges Additional FAFSA Support for Colleges The post Secret

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How to Ensure your School is Meeting the Growing Need for Financial Aid Awards

School & Student Services by Community Brands

The need for more financial aid is increasing as the trend towards rising enrollment in private schools continues to grow. Minority families, middle-class, and higher-income families are all included in the latest data showing a higher need for financial aid. Specifically, the trend of higher-income families needing financial aid, was noted in the NAIS 2023-2024 Trendbook , “The demographics of the applicant pool are changing as more higher-income families apply for aid.

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Higher Ed Officials Express Uncertainty Amid Further FAFSA Delays

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Amid news that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is delaying the sending out of student information relevant for financial aid calculations to institutions, higher ed scholars and officials have voiced concern and uncertainty over how this change will affect low-income and first-generation students in particular. Dr. Greg Nayor In what has been another delay, ED announced last week that schools and agencies involved in financial aid will receive Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAF

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Why Specialty-Specific Disability Insurance Is Essential for High-Earning Physicians

Student Loan Planner

Disability insurance protects your income in case you experience short- or long-term disability that isn’t covered by Social Security total disability benefits. Broadly speaking, there are two types of disability insurance: own-occupation (specialty-specific) or any occupation. Here’s what to know about your disability insurance as a physician and which one can be most valuable.

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Survey: This Week in Well-Being

John Hopkins University Student Well-Being Blog

The Office of Health Promotion and Well-Being publishes This Week in Well-Being , a university-wide weekly e-newsletter. Our target audience is students and trainees. Help us refine our editorial framework to help us better deliver the info you need to be well and do well at Hopkins by responding to this short survey. It should take no longer than five minutes to complete, and is essential to creating communications that respond to the needs of our audience.

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February Is American Heart Month

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One out of every four deaths each year is caused by heart disease. Heart attacks occur when the flow of blood to the heart is severely reduced or blocked. Men are more likely to develop heart disease after age 45. Women have a higher risk after age 55 or following menopause. Consider the following steps you can take to help protect your heart.

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From Research and Theory Into Practice: hooks’ Homeplace Matters in the Educational Lives of Black Students

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The current context of education is riddled with anti-Blackness that continues to find systemic ways to harm Black children and adolescents, ranging from the persistent surveillance and pushout from educational opportunities to anti-CRT legislation that prevents all students — not just Black youth — from learning about Black history and culture. It is clear that education needs a new framework, one that loves and protects Black children and adolescents from these (and more) systemic harms while

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Student Loans with Automatic Payments: Helpful or Harmful?

Student Loan Planner

Student loan borrowers have enough to worry about with their student loan payments. One convenient way to make repayment easier is setting up automatic payments for your student loan. This leaves one less thing to worry about, and it will send your monthly payment to your lender or servicer on time. Many loan servicers offer… The post Student Loans with Automatic Payments: Helpful or Harmful?

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Connection and Learning for Higher Ed Leaders and Practitioners

The University Innovation Alliance

Connection and Learning for Higher Ed Leaders and Practitioners A Look Inside the University Innovation Lab bridget Thu, 02/08/2024 - 06:00 Blog Post Higher Ed Leadership University Innovation Lab Throughout our ten-year history, the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) has focused on helping its member institutions achieve increased student success and graduation rates.

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What to Consider When Choosing Your College by National College Decision Day

CFAA College Financial Aid Advisors

College Decision Day is May 1st – and believe it or not, this exciting day will be here before you know it! While some students who applied for early acceptance are sitting back, comfortable in the knowledge of where they’re going for their college journey, other students may not be. Whether you’re just unsure about which school is right for you, or just not clear on how to make the decision you want, May 1st will be the final deadline for your decision!

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George Named Virgin Islands’ Sixth President

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Safiya George has been appointed president of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). George will be sixth to preside over the university, succeeding President Dr. David Hall in August. Dr. Safiya George "Becoming a president has been a longstanding dream and goal for many reasons, including my love for interdisciplinary engagement and my keen ability to foster collaboration and productivity among scholars, students, staff, and others from different disciplines,” said George.

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Student Loans with Automatic Payments: Helpful or Harmful?

Student Loan Planner

Student loan borrowers have enough to worry about with their student loan payments. One convenient way to make repayment easier is setting up automatic payments for your student loan. This leaves one less thing to worry about, and it will send your monthly payment to your lender or servicer on time. Many loan servicers offer… The post Student Loans with Automatic Payments: Helpful or Harmful?

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Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools: An Action Guide for School and District Leaders

SRI Education

Schools are prioritizing students’ mental health, and there are many tools and resources to choose from. CDC created this action guide as a place to start. It can help school and district leaders build on what they are already doing to promote students’ mental health and find new strategies to fill in gaps. The action guide describes six in-school strategies that are proven to promote and support mental health and well-being.

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New Guides Available from Federal Student Aid

HEAG

Last month Federal Student Aid (FSA) announced the availability of two updated guides that are must-reads for financial aid professionals — the 2024-25 Application and Verification Guide (AVG) and the 2023-24 FSA Assessments. The AVG contains all the information … Read more ».

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Central State Grad Dr. Morakinyo Kuti Appointed University’s President

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Morakinyo Kuti has been named president of his alma mater, Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Dr. Morakinyo A.O. Kuti “I stand here today as a symbol of our collective successes,” Kuti said during remarks. “I intend to make the board very proud of this decision.” Kuti becomes the 10th president in the Central State’s history. He served as the vice president for research and economic development and director of land-grant programs and as its associate provost for research.

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