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Art Therapy Improves Mental Health & Behavior at School

Thrive Alliance Group

For schools looking to support students’ emotional wellbeing and improve classroom behavior, art therapy can be an effective intervention for students of all ages. Here’s a primer on art therapy for mental health, how it works in schools, the benefits you can expect, and how to get started bringing the practice to your school or district. What is art therapy and how does it support mental health?

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Sacramento State Creates Nation's First Black Honors College

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Sacramento State — home to the largest number of Black students within the California State University (CSU) system — is launching what will become the nation’s first-ever Black Honors College. Slated to begin operating in the fall, the honors college will enroll students who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and an interest in Black history, life, and culture.

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Is Self-Care Selfish? Self-Centeredness vs. Selflessness in Mental Health

Active Minds

In life, we often find ourselves swaying to the rhythms of obligations, responsibilities, and the needs of others. Amidst all this, it’s easy to lose sight of the most essential melody: the tune of self-care and self-love. We tend to gravitate towards our daily obligations and responsibilities and repress the self-care necessary to allow us to carry on these activities.

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Finding support at university

Student Minds

The Editorial Team have come together to share their thoughts on finding support at university. - Student Minds Blog Editorial Team ⭐ How could you reach out for support? ⭐ Taylor: Reaching out can seem the most daunting step, especially when you have to figure out how to put your feelings into words. But this can be made easier, with a solid and safe network of people you trust and can talk to when times are tough, or by knowing who you can reach out to professionally at your university.

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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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2024 Tax Issues for Student Loan Borrowers: What You Can’t Afford to Miss

Student Loan Planner

The 2024 tax filing deadline is a mere eight weeks away. While some people might wait until the last minute to file their taxes, others are getting their documents in order now. For student loan borrowers, the environment is as complex as ever, with a broad array of new programs, laws, temporary initiatives, and expiring… The post 2024 Tax Issues for Student Loan Borrowers: What You Can’t Afford to Miss appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Department of Education Releases 24-25 Test ISIRs, Integration Tools

College Aid Services

Test ISIRs for the 24-25 FAFSA are now available to financial aid offices and software vendors along with open-source tools to help users integrate this new data into their operating systems. While this is a step in the right direction, institutions will not officially receive ISIR files until “the first half of March” as the… More » Department of Education Releases 24-25 Test ISIRs, Integration Tools The post Department of Education Releases 24-25 Test ISIRs, Integration Tools

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How to Make Difficult Decisions

Steve Keating

I was in a meeting several years ago when someone in a very high leadership position asked “how do you teach someone to make a decision?” I responded by saying “you let them make decisions, sometimes even bad ones.” I’m not sure that was a very well received answer, especially the “even bad ones” part. But it’s still true today, there is no better way for anyone to learn how to make decisions than to make them.

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should you do a “side project”?

Patter by Pat Thomson

What’s a “side project”? A side project is the academic project you do alongside your main academic research. If you’re doing a full time PhD, the side project is another smaller bit of research. If you’re working as a postdoc on someone else’s project and this is is your main work then, alas, trying to do something from your PhD might be your side project.

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Northwestern Launches ‘Center for Enlightened Disagreement’

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is planning to debut its Center for Enlightened Disagreement to address challenges in navigating differences to drive change and encourage critical thinking in solving pressing problems. Dr. Francesca Cornelli “Kellogg and Northwestern are deeply committed to addressing the growing barriers to discourse that hinder our progress as a society, not by seeking to eliminate disagreement but by embracing it as a virtue,” said Kellogg Dean Dr.

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FSA Guide to Closeout 2022-23 Direct Loan Program

College Aid Services

The Department of Education has provided important reminders and resources for financial aid offices to ensure that their 22-23 Direct Loan data is submitted by the July 31st deadline. The guide includes best practices for reconciliation, details of how Direct Loan data impacts a school’s standing, and options for institutions to seek relief if they… More » FSA Guide to Closeout 2022-23 Direct Loan Program The post FSA Guide to Closeout 2022-23 Direct Loan Program first appeared on C

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How to Block Naysayers From Your Life

Steve Keating

There was a Vice-President of the United States back in the late 1960’s or early 70’s who had a love hate relationship with the press. Okay, that’s not exactly accurate, it was more of a hate, hate, some more relationship but that’s not the point here. He called the media a bunch of “Nattering Nabobs of Negativism.” I have no idea as to whether or not that was an accurate description of the media back then but I think it’s a pretty funny line.

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The Four Attitudes of Learning—and Living, and Parenting, and Counseling

Counselors' Corner

by Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. People continue to be baffled by the idea that school counseling has a curriculum. More than just the epicenter of solving problems, the counseling center is the place where students get information and skills to build and pursue goals, work through challenges, and live life to the fullest. Just like the Math curriculum and the English curriculum, the counseling curriculum is a learning experience—and the classroom to apply these counseling lessons is life.

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Columbia University Reaches Out to HBCUs for Fellowship Program

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

About seven years ago, Columbia University welcomed its first HBCU Fellowship cohort, allowing students who had graduated from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to pursue select master’s degrees in the university’s School of Professional Studies (SPS), all the while getting financial, career, and academic support. Zelon Crawford The SPS’s HBCU Fellowship Program continues to progress as it has graduated more than 100 fellows in the span of its existence.

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Democratic lawmakers request information about FAFSA rollout from Department of Education

College Aid Services

On Monday, Senator Bernie Sanders, Representative Bobby Scott and 106 Democratic lawmakers wrote a letter to Secretary of Education requesting additional information about how the Department of Education will support colleges and families as they implement the 24-25 FAFSA. Specifically, the letter requests that the Department of Education address the following issues: On what date… More » Democratic lawmakers request information about FAFSA rollout from Department of Education The post Dem

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Advocates Rally Against GOP’s Move to Overturn Student Loan Forgiveness

Student Loan Planner

House Republican leaders introduced the College Cost Reduction Act (CCRA) in January 2024. This new legislation aims to repeal core elements of President Biden’s student debt relief programs, including student loan forgiveness and income-driven repayment (IDR). GOP leaders described the bill as a necessary package of reforms to make college more affordable and simplify the… The post Advocates Rally Against GOP’s Move to Overturn Student Loan Forgiveness appeared first on Student Loan

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Exit Counseling: Can We Do it Better?

HEAG

This time of year always makes us think about student loan exit counseling programs. Are they effective and, if not, how do we make them so? For starters, the timing of exit counseling is less than ideal. For enrolled students … Read more ».

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Building Opportunities for Black Men

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

When Adrianne Washington, dean of special academic programs at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), found that the Honors Program was overlooking the school’s Black men, it didn’t sit right with her. Adrianne Washington "It was difficult for me to think that I had a thriving Honors Program — our students find considerable success — but that there was a group of students who was invisible,” says Washington.

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U.S. Department of Education Announces Latest Steps to Support Schools and Students with Better FAFSA

College Aid Services

The Department has announced steps to help colleges process 2024-2025 student records faster and more efficiently. The goal is to ensure students can access the maximum financial aid possible and bring college in reach for more Americans. Significantly reducing Verification requirements with DDX being implemented, the Department reviews the vast majority of income data directly… More » U.S.

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Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day

Purdue University Global

Wednesday, February 14 was Valentine’s Day, and what better way to continue to celebrate love than to practice kindness? Tomorrow, February 17, is Random Acts of Kindness Day ! The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (2024) invites us to “make kindness the norm” and take a minute or two to practice random acts of kindness at school, home, and work.

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Symplicity Spotlight: Katie Tappel

Symplicity

Each and every day, our client managers across the globe help make our clients' day-to-day just a little bit easier so that they can better support their students. With a client support team that comes from across the student success spectrum, clients continuously speak to the dedication of our client support team, and we at Symplicity want to give them the attention they deserve.

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Cole Named UNCF President-In-Residence, Co-Chair of $1B Capital Campaign

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) has announced Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole as president-in-residence, who will serve as co-chairperson of the organization’s capital campaign. The distinguished scholar, anthropologist, and academic pacesetter will spearhead efforts to secure vital resources that will empower UNCF member colleges and universities to continue providing scholarships, support services, and cutting-edge programs.

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Guidelines for Applying for Title IV Eligibility for Direct Assessment (Competency-Based) 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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Changes Coming to Student Loan Servicing

NCLC Student Loan Borrower Assistance

Last year, the Department of Education awarded new student loan servicing contracts to five companies: CRI, EdFinancial Services, Maximus Education, LLC, MOHELA, and Nelnet. The goal of the changes is to improve student loan servicing, provide better customer service to borrowers, and hold servicers more accountable for their mistakes. The changes will go live this spring.

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International Disability Insurance: What to Expect From Your Coverage While Abroad

Student Loan Planner

Long-term disability insurance can replace a portion of your income if you’re unable to work due to an injury or illness. However, expats and avid travelers might run into issues with fine print when it comes to their policy’s international disability insurance coverage. Most disability insurance coverages extend to international travel and living abroad Most… The post International Disability Insurance: What to Expect From Your Coverage While Abroad appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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G. PRESTON WILSON JR.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

G. Preston Wilson Jr. G. Preston Wilson Jr. has been appointed director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers at Fisk University in Nashville. Wilson, a former member of the ensemble, holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Fisk, a master’s in choral music education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Missouri.

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Ensuring a Safe Spring Break

CAMPUSPEAK

As the spring break season approaches, higher education professionals have a unique opportunity to educate and empower their students on… The post Ensuring a Safe Spring Break appeared first on CAMPUSPEAK.

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Impact of the New FAFSA on the Net Price of College

College Planners of America

The student financial aid system has always been complex. With this year’s new FAFSA and its inept rollout by the U.S. Education Department (ED), it will be even more baffling for all parties — students, parents, guidance counselors, Federal and state agency staffers, admissions and financing consultants, and the college financial aid officers who face unprecedented issues with new rules and tight deadlines.

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Synovus Bank Physician Loan Review: 0% Down Financing for Southeastern Homebuyers

Student Loan Planner

Key Takeaways: Saving up for a large down payment can take years if you’re also juggling six-figure student debt. Fortunately, physicians can access special financing that allows for as low as $0 down with no private mortgage insurance (PMI) requirement. These physician mortgage programs make buying a new home easier. But not all lenders offer… The post Synovus Bank Physician Loan Review: 0% Down Financing for Southeastern Homebuyers appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Why African American History Month Is the Quintessential American Celebration

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

African American History Month marks a period in which Americans can celebrate together, because it spotlights the possibilities and the promise that the country remains poised to offer, even as we acknowledge the mistakes and shortcomings of the past. The nation owes a debt of gratitude to celebrated historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson for his conception and development of this singularly American institution which provides a shared opportunity, on an annual basis, to take a snapshot of the interna

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VITA—Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Need help preparing and filing your income tax return? The VITA program has been helping people for more than 50 years. VITA sites offer free services to people who need assistance. You may qualify for the VITA program if you: Make $60,000 or less per year Have a disability Are a limited English-speaking taxpayer In addition to VITA, free tax help for persons 60 years of age and older is available.

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Top Resources for National Financial Aid Awareness Month

CFAA College Financial Aid Advisors

February is one of my favorite months of the year because it’s National Financial Aid Awareness Month. Throughout this month, all of us in the higher education community make an extra effort to provide even more information about how to use and access financial aid for college. All of us want you to feel more confident about the entire financial aid process, so that you can feel better through the next few years of college applications and acceptance.

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Gaining Financial Freedom: Your Guide to Financial Planning for Nurses

Student Loan Planner

Nurses play a central role within the broad landscape of healthcare, dedicating their lives to the well-being of others. However, nurses encounter unique opportunities and challenges that require a thoughtful approach to financial planning. A nursing career offers great financial opportunities with steady income and potential for career growth. From career advancement to leveraging employer-sponsored… The post Gaining Financial Freedom: Your Guide to Financial Planning for Nurses appeared

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Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor Dr. Nancy Cantor to Become President of CUNY's Hunter College

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Rutgers University-Newark chancellor and social psychologist Dr. Nancy E. Cantor will soon embark on a new journey to lead Hunter College, the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Dr. Nancy Cantor Rutgers University - Newark The seasoned higher education leader will become Hunter’s 14th president this summer, adding yet another leadership position onto her already impressive resume.