June 14, 2021

Why Every College Student Needs a Mentor

Most college students don’t have a mentor and don’t know how to find one. Only 25% of students strongly agree they’ve had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams. Of that 25%, 64% say that mentor was a professor. Only 10% say that mentor was a college or university staff member […]

June 14, 2021

Is Your University’s Website Truly Student-Friendly?

Imagine this: You just got accepted to college and need to apply for financial aid. You type in collegename.edu to look for financial aid information, and the website pops up. There are 10 tabs. There are eight subcategories under each tab, then more subcategories under each subcategory. You scroll through a long home page with […]

May 27, 2021

Deciphering the Secret Language of Universities

University jargon is a whole language in and of itself. From the minute students start pursuing higher education, they’re bombarded with terminology that’s tough to decipher. What’s a provost, bursar, or TA?  What does FERPA or FAFSA mean? What are office hours, placements exams, and work-study programs? This secret language is everywhere. Even individual departments […]

May 20, 2021

Are Virtual Waiting Rooms Helping or Hurting Students?

Colleges and universities have learned a lot about student needs and organizational structures throughout the pandemic. Now that we’re nearing the other side, institutions have a lot to consider in terms of education practices, technology, and support. Are there new technologies to adopt? Are there preexisting processes and structures that no longer serve students well? […]

May 13, 2021

The Real Reasons Why 33% of First-generation Students Drop Out

First-generation students face barriers continuing-generation students do not. Consequently, their college experience is more challenging as they navigate a new, unfamiliar environment for the first time. According to the Education Advisory Board (EAB), 33% of first-generation students leave college within three years of starting. While there are many contributing factors, the main reasons first-generation students […]

May 10, 2021

The Deficit of Mental Health Resources on College Campuses

Mental health among college students has become a more widely recognized concern over the past several years, and even more so due to isolation brought on by the pandemic. Still, colleges and universities have a long way to go when it comes to connecting students to the right counselor or psychiatrist for help at the […]

May 3, 2021

Supporting Students During Transitional Times

As the spring semester comes to an end, higher education institutions are entering a new season of student support. The summer semester is about to roll in, followed by a wave of incoming students. There’s usually a brief lull in the summer as many students are away, faculty counts are slimmer, and campus activity calms […]

May 3, 2021

Tearing Down Educational Silos & Building a New Future for Higher Ed

Higher education structures are typically heavily siloed. While colleges and universities offer a plethora of resources to help students succeed, navigating the system can be complicated. The larger or more populous the campus, the more challenging it is to utilize all the resources and services available. The library, computer lab, writing center, tutoring center, advising […]

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