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Report: The Advantages that AI Brings to Higher Ed

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The growing prominence of artificial intelligence tools in the mainstream can strengthen the work of higher education in a variety of ways, according to a report commissioned by HBCU support organization the Partnership for Education Advancement. " AI, Equity, and Affordability: A Primer for Higher Education Leaders and Educators " a report produced by Whiteboard Advisors and created in partnership with the Harvard-MIT Axim Collaborative, details the ways in which AI can be used to assist colle

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Uplifting BIPOC-Centered Mental Health Research With the 2024 Emerging Scholars

Active Minds

Active Minds is proud to introduce our 2024 Emerging Scholars Fellows! The Emerging Scholar Fellowship, generously supported by the Scattergood Foundation for Behavioral Health and Macy’s , is a unique opportunity for students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of Color (BIPOC) to work on their own groundbreaking mental health-related independent research.

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FY2023 Annual Report

Single Stop

Single Stop Announces $536M of Benefits and Support Unlocked for 97K Individuals in Annual Impact Report New York, NY- Single Stop released its FY2023 Annual Impact Report , showcasing rapid expansion as the organization transforms lives and strengthe ns communities through accessible support services. In FY23, Single Stop unlock ed benefits and support valued a t a record-breaking $536 million for over 97 thousand individuals.

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To Get Student Loan Forgiveness Credit, Do You Need to Consolidate by April 30?

Student Loan Planner

A crucial deadline directly related to student loan forgiveness is approaching. To benefit from one of President Biden’s most successful student loan forgiveness initiatives, certain borrowers might need to consolidate their loans through the federal Direct Loan program by April 30, 2024. But it’s important to note that not all borrowers need to consolidate.

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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: English Majors Employed at Comparable Rates, Educators Can Do More to Prepare Students for Careers

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

College students who graduate as English majors actually find jobs at about the same rate as those who major in other subjects, according to a recent report commissioned by the Modern Language Association (MLA). Dr. Paula Krebs Report on English Majors’ Career Preparation and Outcomes draws on findings from a number of different sources, including the Hamilton Project, the National Humanities Alliance, the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, and Humanities Indicators.

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FAFSA Contributors Without A SSN Receive New Guidance, Workarounds for Remaining Issues

College Aid Services

Federal Student Aid has resolved several technical problems related to parents or contributors without a Social Security Number as part of its commitment to improving the 2024-25 FAFSA. However, users will still encounter at least two issues and should follow the Department’s recommended workarounds until a permanent solution is announced. Resolved Issues: Contributors will no… More » FAFSA Contributors Without A SSN Receive New Guidance, Workarounds for Remaining Issues The post FAF

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When a College Says No

Counselors' Corner

by Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. The real madness of March has nothing to do with basketball—it begins when colleges announce their admissions decisions, starting around March 20. As a pre-game warmup, let’s review what we already know: Most selective colleges report an increase in applicants every year; Since these schools don’t admit more students than they did last year, that means they end up saying no to more students… …and wait-listing more students.

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Generation Hope Kicks Off First National Conference

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Roberto J. Rodriguez, assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development at the U.S. Department of Education delivered the keynote address at Hope 2023 in New Orleans. NEW ORLEANS— Designed to spark new ideas and connections about how to best support student parents nationwide, hundreds of educators, students and community partners gathered in The Crescent City this week for the first national conference of Generation Hope—the nonprofit that provides direct support to teen pare

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Haven’t Gotten Student Loan Forgiveness Yet? 5 Reasons Why

Student Loan Planner

Student loan forgiveness continues to be a major political and policy issue in America. The Biden administration has taken steps to provide relief to millions of borrowers despite legal setbacks. While many have benefited from these efforts, not everyone has received the forgiveness they expected. Not everyone qualifies for immediate student loan forgiveness: Are you… The post Haven’t Gotten Student Loan Forgiveness Yet?

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FAFSA Form and Submission Summary Issues Resolved, Partner Portal Now Live

College Aid Services

As a follow-up to its March 4th announcement, the Department has provided a number of updates regarding ISIR transmissions, FAFSA Submission Summaries, and how institutions can access information through the Partner Portal. Here are the main takeaways: A small subset of previously designated schools and state agencies received ISIR transmission over the weekend.

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Healthcare Careers Hub

Community College Review

Discover the opportunities in the healthcare field. Your community college offers the courses and training you need to fill a job in this field that always seems to have openings.

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Biden Calls for Greater Support of HBCUs, HSIs, and MSIs

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

President Biden addresses Congress on March 7. When President Biden addressed over 32 million viewers for the annual State of the Union (SOTU) last week, he used the occasion to issue a full throttle support for higher education. While speaking on his administration’s accomplishments in his last four years of service, Biden also addressed what he called “the future of possibilities we can build together.

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How to Read People

Steve Keating

Reading people involves observing their behavior, body language, verbal cues, and emotions to understand their thoughts, feelings, and intentions. The greatest advantage to possessing the skill of reading people is that it immensely improves our ability to communicate with them. Many people believe they possess this skill but many of those would be wrong.

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From SAI to EDconnect: What to Know As ISIR Rollout Begins

College Aid Services

Building off of their March 12th announcement, the Department of Education has released yet another round of FAFSA-related guidance as it begins to transmit ISIRs for the upcoming academic year. This electronic notice provides the following reminders for financial aid offices: Institutions can refer to the EDconnect 8.6.1 Plain Language Installation Guide to address issues… More » From SAI to EDconnect: What to Know As ISIR Rollout Begins The post From SAI to EDconnect: What to Know As ISI

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Modernizing Federal Student Loan Servicing

Ed.gov Homeroom

By: Richard Cordray, Chief Operating Office, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education This spring, Federal Student Aid (FSA) will begin improving how individual borrowers manage and repay their federal student loans. Through multiple phases, we will bring online an entirely new federal student loan servicing environment – a goal we have pursued for more Continue Reading The post Modernizing Federal Student Loan Servicing appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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HEER Funding Kept Community Colleges Open and Students Enrolled

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Community colleges were able to persevere through the pandemic thanks to the emergency relief funding passed through Congress. That’s the conclusion of the latest research from the Accelerating Recovery in Community Colleges Network at the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University. Without Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) funding, experts say many community college programs would have closed, faculty and staff laid off, and more students forced to stop out on their

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Eliminating Self-Doubt

Steve Keating

Lots of “self-help” types would tell you that when you believe in yourself, when you trust your ability, you are halfway to success already. When I say “lots” I mean a ton of them. It’s kind of amazing that so many of them think alike but what’s even more amazing it that every single one of them is 100% correct. Believing in yourself is a true superpower.

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SAIG Software, EDconnect 8.6.1 Updates are Now Available; Required for 2024-25 (March 11th Update)

College Aid Services

On March 1st, the Department of Education 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. What’s changed?

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Key word – claim

Patter by Pat Thomson

Claim is a difficult word. Dictionaries offer Meaning One – claims are assertions that something is true, that something is a fact, but there is no proof or evidence. We just have to take the claim at face value and as being ‘right’, or not. Dictionaries also offer Meaning Two. A claim is a statement or action geared to get something to happen.

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Stop Cooling Out the Next Generation’s Aspirations

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

That animals avoid environments which seem unhealthy due to predators or poor conditions is a well-documented ecological phenomenon. Humans are no different. We, too, instinctively avoid environments that look unhealthy or unwelcoming. It is therefore time to connect the dots among efforts to dismantle diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) activities, overturn race-conscious admissions, and bring back standardized tests.

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How to maximize relaxation and minimize risk during Spring Break

John Hopkins University Student Well-Being Blog

Spring Break is a season synonymous with relaxation, social gatherings, and travel. Nevertheless, it also represents a period where there can be high risks associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs. In the constant whirlwind of daily responsibilities and digital overload, our minds and bodies crave downtime. Rest and self -care are critical.

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month!

Purdue University Global

National Nutrition Month® occurs March of each year. National Nutrition Month ® is an annual event sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to promote choosing nutritious foods and developing healthy habits. The 2024 theme is “Beyond the Table.” This theme centers on “the farm to fork aspect of nutrtion” as well the many ways and places that we eat (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2024, para. 1).

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President Biden Releases FY25 Budget Request to Congress

COE

President Biden Releases FY25 Budget Request to Congress March 11, 2024 — by Kimberly Jones President Biden at last week’s State of the Union address. Today, President Biden released his FY25 budget request to Congress. Due to the budget limits outlined in the Fiscal Responsibility Act (the debt limit deal), the Administration requested minimal increases across the government.

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Minoritized, First-Gen Students Most at Risk from FAFSA Delays

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Iné Collins has been a school counselor at Ewing High School in New Jersey since August 2022. This year, helping her high school seniors through the newly simplified FAFSA application process has been more stressful than simple. Iné Collins, school counselor at Ewing High School in New Jersey. “This new system, it’s supposed to be more user-friendly, but it ended up not dropping until January,” said Collins.

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Biden Cancels $1.2 Billion More in Student Debt

College Planners of America

Since 2021, the Biden administration has forgiven $138 billion in student loans for 3.9 million borrowers. The Administration announced on February 21 that another category of borrowers would have their loans forgiven by the end of the month. This $1.2 billion tranche of debt forgiveness for 153,000 borrowers is the result of the acceleration by the U.S.

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Could Student Loan Forgiveness Become Taxable Again? There’s a Looming Cliff

Student Loan Planner

If President Biden wants to cancel debt, he’s racing against the clock thanks to student loan cancellation and forgiveness becoming taxable again very soon. The American Rescue Plan made student loan forgiveness tax-free, but only until December 31, 2025. The 2024 election map will put taxation of student loan forgiveness in major jeopardy, and Senate… The post Could Student Loan Forgiveness Become Taxable Again?

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Simplify, Support, & Succeed: 5 Must-Have Benefits of a Top-Notch Financial Aid Solution

School & Student Services by Community Brands

Juggling spreadsheets, chasing missing documents, and stressing over award decisions? Feeling like you’re drowning in a sea of paperwork while families anxiously wait for their fate? If you’re considering a new solution for processing financial aid, here are five benefits a strong financial aid processing solution should offer you. 1. Full- F eature Dashboard : Imagine a world where applications, data, and insights all live harmoniously in one user-friendly dashboard.

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Report: College Degrees Not Valued As Highly as Job Training and Certificates

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Though confidence about the value of pursuing a two- or four-year college degree is higher among high schoolers than graduates who either dropped out or chose not to attend in the first place, neither demographic view such pursuits as the most valuable, according to a recent report from Edge Research, HCM Strategists, and D2 Strategies. Adam Burns Through focus groups and a national survey, Continuing to Explore the Exodus from Higher Education – prepared for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundat

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Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning When Eating Out

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Check inspection scores. Check a restaurant’s score on the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals website, iowa.safefoodinspection.com. Inspections are a “snapshot” of the day and time of the inspection. Look for certificates that show kitchen managers have completed food safety training.Refrigerate your leftovers quickly. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of when the food was prepared (or 1 hour if the food is exposed to temperatures above 90°F, like in a hot car or at a picnic).

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Deadline to Update Income (Recertify) for Payment Plans Extended to at Least September 2024

NCLC Student Loan Borrower Assistance

The deadline for borrowers to update their income to stay in their income-driven repayment (IDR) plans has been extended again for borrowers whose loans were covered by the payment pause. The earliest that borrowers with these loan types will have to update their income and family size for their IDR plan is September 2024. Usually borrowers enrolled in income-driven repayment plans, such as the SAVE plan, must update their income and family size every year to stay in their plan.

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What to Keep in Mind When Comparing Financial Aid Offers from Your Top Colleges

CFAA College Financial Aid Advisors

As spring blooms around us, college acceptance letters and financial aid offers are beginning to arrive for students who didn’t apply for early admission at their colleges of choice. It’s such an exciting – and stressful – time as students make their final decisions about where to spend the next four years of their lives. One major factor in their decisions will be money.

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Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Belonging at Central Michigan University Honored at NASPA Conference

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Shawna Patterson-Stephens, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Belonging at Central Michigan University, received the Bobby E. Leach Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion award on Tuesday from NASPA, the association representing student affairs professionals. Dr. Shawna Patterson-Stephens Patterson-Stephens is an award-winning scholar-practitioner with 20 years of experience in higher education.

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Transfer Advocate Blog, Issue 21

Missouri State Academic Advising and Transfer Cent

Missouri State News Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising Award Recipients Announced 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 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Union Club in Plaster Student Union.