February, 2024

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When a Lesson on Diversity Goes Wrong

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Recently, yet another case of traumatic racism made the headlines. A two-year old Black girl (toddler) was fingerprinted and handcuffed by a white classmate during a play about Rosa Parks. While we often cannot know intentions, the impact of such incidence is profound. This is especially unfortunate as there are numerous cases of related forms of school-based discrimination in the U.S.

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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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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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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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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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Simple Ways to Bring Mental Health Conversations to Your School This Year

Active Minds

For many of us, mental health has become intertwined into our everyday conversations — chatting with our friends about daily stressors, reading social media posts about managing anxiety, and meeting with a therapist when things feel out of control. However, as commonplace as mental health can feel to some of us, that simply isn’t the reality for many people.

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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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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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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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How to Lead Yourself

Steve Keating

Most leaders have had less than 5 hours of formal training in their entire careers. Upon ascending to a leadership role they assume that their title or position makes them a leader. That is by far the most common mistake people new to a leadership role make. It is also one of the most costly mistakes they will ever make. It costs them the opportunity to truly have a positive impact on the people they could actually lead.

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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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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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How to Manage Shame in Supervision

Counseling Today

Learn how supervisors can sometimes be the source of a supervisee’s shame and 10 ways to avoid it. The post How to Manage Shame in Supervision appeared first on Counseling Today.

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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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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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AERA Announces 2024 Fellows

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

AERA Fellows were announced on Thursday and a distinguished list of researchers topped the list including Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson. Jackson, a professor and dean of the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Education, is among 24 exemplary scholars selected by the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson “The 2024 AERA Fellows join an exceptional group of scholars, and we are thrilled to welcome them,” said AERA Executive Director Dr.

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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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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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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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Consolidation deadline extended to April 30th–make sure you get debt relief!

NCLC Student Loan Borrower Assistance

To help fix massive past problems in the student loan system that prevented people from getting the credit they should have toward loan forgiveness, the Department of Education is currently working on giving borrowers retroactive credit toward loan forgiveness. The Department is calling this credit a “ one-time payment count adjustment.” The goal of the payment count adjustment is to help borrowers who have been hurt by loan servicing failures get the credit they should for the time they have al

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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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Report: Growing Number of College Grads Earn Less Than the Typical High School Graduate

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

While most colleges are producing graduates who go on to earn incomes higher than your typical high school graduate, a sizable portion of them are not, according to a new report from the HEA Group. Michael Itzkowitz “We know the number one reason why students attend college is for greater employability and to obtain a financially secure future,” said report author Michael Itzkowitz, founder and president of the HEA Group.

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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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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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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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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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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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Achieving the Dream Convening Highlights Student Success

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

ORLANDO— Achieving the Dream (ATD), the national reform network of more than 300 community colleges committed to increasing student success, kicked off its annual convening this week showcasing the powerful narrative of its member institutions. College presidents, senior leaders, faculty and students have come to this year’s conference with the goal of sharing best practices on how they’ve transformed their institutions to benefit students.

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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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Biden Student Loan Forgiveness: 3 Major Updates Affecting Borrowers as Relief Nears $140 Billion

Student Loan Planner

The Biden administration’s student loan relief agenda is in full swing. Despite the Supreme Court’s rejection in 2023 of President Biden’s mass student loan forgiveness plan (which would have wiped out up to $20,000 in student debt for many Americans), the Education Department has been erasing student debt through a combination of regulatory changes, temporary… The post Biden Student Loan Forgiveness: 3 Major Updates Affecting Borrowers as Relief Nears $140 Billion appeared first on Studen

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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.