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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

    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
    Opinion | College Affordability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Reimagining access to college in Roxbury, Massachusetts 

    Educators and policymakers have been talking about providing all students access to college and career pathways for decades. The impact of technical training and two-year and four-year degrees on earnings and generational change is undeniable. Yet, progress has been, at best, slow. In Roxbury, Massachusetts, we are trying something different. For…

    MCQ. Issue 25
    04/25/2022
    Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    A Global Mindset: Student Mental Health at Minerva University

    Statistically speaking, students at Minerva University are far from average. The San Francisco based school is need-blind and merit-based, admitting less than 2% of those who apply.  Eighty percent of the students receive financial aid.  Only 12% are American.  The rest come from 70 separate countries. While Minerva students begin…

    MCQ. Issue 24
    11/10/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Dear Professor: Here’s What We Wish You Knew

    Insights from Interviews on the Role of Faculty in Student Mental Health Amid the pandemic, faculty have played an outsized and unprecedented role in student mental wellbeing. Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, professors often represented the only contact students had with their colleges or universities. Some faculty have embraced this…

    MCQ. Issue 23
    10/20/2021
    Opinion | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Commuter Students Need to Feel Part of the Campus Community – Now More than Ever

    For many universities this fall, students will be stepping onto campus for the first time after a lengthy quarantine for in-person instruction. Among them are student commuters. While most students may relish the opportunity to live on campus and socialize with peers, others choose to commute from home for financial…

    MCQ. Issue 23
    10/20/2021
    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.