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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

    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
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Virtual Reality: How students are coping with the difficulties of remote learning

    The previous year has put a strain on college students across the country, as they juggle new responsibilities and an entirely new learning environment. These experiences have produced historic deteriorations in their mental wellbeing.  During the past year, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where I am enrolled, has used a hybrid…

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

    Highlights from the Quadast: John J. DeGioia, PhD, Shirley M. Collado, PhD

    In November, John J. DeGioia, PhD, President of Georgetown University and Shirley M. Collado, PhD, President of Ithaca College, were interviewed for a special series on the Mary Christie Quadcast. “Creating Environments for Flourishing,” a five-part series, was based on a report by the same name, which highlighted findings from…

    MCQ. Issue 20
    01/12/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health, Physical Health

    A Different Kind of Fall: Students respond to returning to campus during COVID-19

    How campuses have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the lives of college students, and their higher ed trajectories. In the middle of the spring 2020 semester, the majority of students were forced to leave campus and relocate to safer, off-campus housing, such as moving in with family,…

    MCQ. Issue 19
    10/19/2020
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Q&A: Pam Eddinger, Ph.D., President of Bunker Hill Community College

    Dr. Pam Eddinger is the president of Massachusetts’ largest community college. She is also a national advocate for education policies that could change the lives of her students and those like them across the country. The first thing Eddinger wants people to know about community college students is how different…

    MCQ. Issue 19
    10/19/2020
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Science Summary

    Coronavirus and Mental Health In April, Active Minds, the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students, surveyed 2,086 college students about the impact of COVID-19 on their mental health. In the survey,  80% reported that COVID-19 had negatively impacted their mental health, and 1 in…

    MCQ. Issue 18
    07/14/2020
    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.