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    College Affordability

    Millions of young adults and their families experience difficulty in paying for a college degree and Financial worry is repeatedly cited as a lead cause of stress among college students. Over 44 million Americans now owe over $1.71 trillion in student loan debt.  With more employers now requiring a college degree for employment, federal and state policymakers are increasingly considering and implementing strategies to decrease or cancel student debt and  advance college affordability, especially for public education.

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    As college becomes more unaffordable, so too do inequities in who can attend. Many advocates and policymakers say need-based grants like the Pell grant are not substantial enough.

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    Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Success

    Questions and Answers with Nicholas Zeppos, Chancellor Emeritus, Vanderbilt University

    Well before the media coined it “the college mental health crisis,” Nicholas Zeppos made student mental health one of his key priorities at Vanderbilt.  By the time he retired as Chancellor in 2019, Zeppos had incorporated this into every facet of university life, having come to believe that the emotional…

    MCQ. Issue 22
    07/07/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Science Summary Fall 2020

    Mental Health Severely Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic Several studies have observed mental health impacts of the pandemic among young people and college students. A survey released in July by the Healthy Minds Network and the American College Health Association described worsening depression and financial stress among college students since the…

    MCQ. Issue 19
    10/19/2020
    Student Success, Mental and Behavioral Health

    Q&A: Marion Ross Fedrick, President of Albany State University

    In talking with President Fedrick, you can’t help but feel that she is the right person for the right job at the right time because of her passion, tenacity, and experience. At a minimum, you are cheering her on, given all Fedrick hopes to accomplish at Albany State University (ASU),…

    MCQ. Issue 17
    04/09/2020
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mental and Behavioral Health, Student Success

    Q&A: Philip Glotzbach, President of Skidmore College

    Philip Glotzbach has been president of Skidmore College for the last 17 years, a period in which the idyllic school in upstate New York has changed significantly – as has higher education overall. Founded in the early 20th century as an institution for women hoping to gain self-sustaining professional and…

    MCQ. Issue 17
    04/09/2020
    Mental and Behavioral Health, Student Success

    Q&A: Dr. Michael Drake, President of The Ohio State University

    With over 68,000 students, The Ohio State University is one of the largest institutions in the country. When asked if it is more challenging to preside over such a big school, its president, Dr. Michael Drake, likened it to swimming in an ocean as opposed to a pool. “There’s a…

    MCQ. Issue 17
    04/09/2020
    Basic Needs, Mental and Behavioral Health

    Science Summary

    Government Report Finds High Rates of Food Insecurity Among 1 College Students A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a nonpartisan congressional watchdog agency, cites widespread evidence of hunger on college campuses and urges officials to work with states and colleges to help more students get access to…

    MCQ. Issue 13
    07/25/2019
    Mental and Behavioral Health, Student Success

    Analysis: Forced Medical Leaves of Absence

    Are they discriminatory? Across the nation, students are being asked by universities to take medical leaves of absence due to issues with mental health, physical health, and substance use. Such leaves of absence are often justified by their potential benefits to the student, the university, or both. While in some…

    MCQ. Issue 14
    07/23/2019
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mental and Behavioral Health

    Q&A: Patricia Bellinger

    The Chief of Staff to Harvard University President Larry Bacow on the state of higher education, inclusion, and leadership. Throughout his inaugural address, Harvard’s new president, Larry Bacow, acknowledged the institution’s legacy of excellence. Not one for false modesty or euphemisms, the straightforward Bacow hopes to leverage Harvard’s outsized influence…

    MCQ. Issue 13
    04/23/2019
    Student Success

    The Student Success Gap

    Concern over disparities prompts new strategies for change In December 2018, six U.S. Senators wrote a letter to U.S. News and World Report urging them to recognize schools that welcome underrepresented minorities as a measure for their prestigious college rankings. Their message was clear: if the federal government is going…

    MCQ. Issue 12
    01/11/2019
    Mary Christie Quarterly provides news, information and commentary on the policy issues that impact the health and wellness of young adults.

    The McFeed is a weekly roundup of news and research on the health and wellness of college students.