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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

    Big Thinking at Bennington College

    Laura Walker did not set out to be a college president though the decades she spent in public media may have prepared her well for the job.  The former president and CEO of New York Public Radio says her primary mission has always been in alignment with the one she…

    MCQ. Issue 27
    10/13/2022
    Student Success

    Finding yourself is job Number One in the new approach to career search

    Last November, Northeastern University student Kira Briggs was working the phones. Though only a sophomore, she wanted to get a feel for a range of careers—talk to people about what they do, what they loved about it, and what they didn’t like so much. She spoke to friends of friends…

    MCQ. Issue 26
    07/18/2022
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    College can be hard; Coaching can help

    In talking with Brendan Griffiths, it is clear he chose the right profession. A Student Success Manager at Worchester Polytechnic University, Griffiths describes his role with doctoral students as “academic life coaching,” in which he supports students with their scholarly development, but also in their work-life balance and “all the…

    MCQ. Issue 26
    07/18/2022
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Definitions of Success

    Throughout my educational journey, I have gone through a predictable cycle of achieving expectations, overworking myself, over-committing to various tasks, and burning out. I compare the feeling to running on a hamster wheel, hoping to get that drink of water, but no matter how fast and long I run, I…

    MCQ. Issue 26
    07/18/2022
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    The Meaning of Success: How the Coalition for Life Transformative Education is Changing the Game

    Few would argue that college can be a life-changing experience. But what if it could change not just what you know, but who you are?  What if the goal of going to college were to achieve life-long wellbeing, as well as a good career? And what if that opportunity were…

    MCQ. Issue 25
    04/25/2022
    Mary Christie Quarterly provides news, information and commentary on the policy issues that impact the health and wellness of young adults.

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