Just over half of students seeking campus mental-health services in 2015-16 reported having anxiety, followed by those who had feelings of depression, a recent survey shows. The survey also found that nearly 42% of counseling centers hired extra staff in the past academic year to handle an uptick in students seeking services.
Many colleges and universities, including Kent State University and Boston University, are ensuring that students have gluten-free choices, plus vegan and other allergy-aware options, at campus dining halls. Officials say the changes are in response to student demand, but many of the changes also are aligned with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
Washington College in Maryland has developed several initiatives to bring in more low-income students, including George's Brigade, which offers full scholarships for 20 students. President Sheila Bair says the programs improve access for such students and diversity for the school.
Individuals received greater earnings gains for completing associate degrees than completing certificates, a new study finds. Long-term certificates are better, researchers say, but overall, graduates with an associate degree tend to have higher earning power.
A majority of high-school students and their parents participating in the Princeton Review's 2017 College Hopes & Worries survey, said they are concerned about the amount of debt they will take on for college. About 98% of those surveyed said they will need financial aid.
Job-seekers should customize their LinkedIn profile with a headshot, a unique background and a summary of their accomplishments, writes William Arruda, cofounder of CareerBlast. Adding recommendations and a video bio outlining what the candidate is passionate about can help with standing out, he suggests.
Learning how to receive feedback gracefully and more openly is an important skill for workers at all levels, writes Jim Morris. Be open to feedback while recognizing that the person giving it has his or her own influences, and don't be afraid to ask questions.
Many colleges and universities, such as the University of Utah, Harvard College and San Diego State, are opening resource centers to offer academic, mental health and legal help for students who are in the country illegally. Thirty-four colleges and universities have signed on to a website from the University of California at Berkeley, which opened the first resource center in 2012, to get advice for their centers.
Women's colleges still have a vital role to play in preparing graduates to face "the subtle and invisible barriers that block women's progress," Hollins University President Nancy Oliver Gray says in this Q&A. As she looks to retire, Gray says she's learned that leaders must be thoughtful in their words and be ready to apologize when necessary.
Colleges and universities that rely on federal grants for research may suffer financial harm under budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump, according to Moody's Investors Service. The proposed $5.8 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health could have the biggest effect, Moody's says, since 80% of the NIH budget funds 300,000 researchers across the country.
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