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    Student Success

    Student success focuses on higher education access, student retention, and successful completion of college with strong correlations to mental health.  Re-enrollment and retention rates vary with race. Black students are significantly more likely to drop out or discontinue enrollment than white counterparts due to a number of socioeconomic and racial disparities. Low-income, first-generation students are nearly four times more likely than their peers to drop out after their first year.

    Mental and Behavioral Health, College Affordability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    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

    This Is Us: Supporting Students with Serious Mental Health Conditions in College

    Getting through college can be hard, harder still for those with a mental health condition. From deciding to disclose a disability, to advocating for accommodations, to navigating leave and reentry policies, the journey can be so fraught with challenges that 86% of students with serious mental illness won’t ever finish. …

    MCQ. Issue 22
    07/14/2021
    Student Success

    Gloria Cordes Larson’s Speaks at Bentley University’s Commencement 2021

    Class of 2021, Good morning! Can you believe this day has arrived? I’m thrilled to see you all again and I couldn’t be happier that we’re together here at Fenway Park. Congratulations to you all! To Chair of the Board and Interim President Paul Condrin and to the Bentley board…

    MCQ.
    05/24/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Going from College to Career During COVID-19: How the Class of 2020 is Coping

    The transition from college to early career is a critical period of identity formation marked by joy, fear, and loss. To be experiencing all this during a global pandemic that changed everything you were expecting is hard to imagine even for those of us who remember the difficulties of our…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    04/14/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Learning from Dr. Cole

    Having a conversation with Jonathan Cole is like reading a great book.  You don’t want it to end even though you’ve already learned a great deal. In two separate Zoom interviews, the professor and former provost at Columbia University spoke to me about the triumphs and failures of American higher…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    04/14/2021
    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.