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Student Success, Mental and Behavioral Health

Leadership Convening on Student Behavioral Health

On March 2nd and 3rd, student and academic affairs professionals, experts, and researchers from around the country gathered at Georgetown University for the second in a two-part convening series focused on college student behavioral health and wellness. The gathering of administrative leaders from these two areas was an attempt to…

MCQ. Issue 17
04/10/2020
Student Success, Basic Needs, Physical Health

Science Summary

Equity and Admissions Policies As admissions policies nationwide are scrutinized more closely, two recent papers address policy changes that can affect equity in higher education. According to a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Texas policy that promises in-state college applicants in the top 10%…

MCQ. Issue 17
04/09/2020
Basic Needs, Student Success

Analysis: One Crisis with Varied Responses

As the threat of COVID-19 escalated, colleges and universities had to make quick decisions regarding how to best protect the welfare of their students, faculty, and staff. Institutions with residential learning environments had to decide both how classes should be transitioned to online teaching, and the extent to which people…

MCQ. Issue 17
04/09/2020
Opinion | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Success

I Belong

Approximately nine million students and alumni are members of fraternities and sororities in North America. Roughly 750,000 of those members currently belong to an undergraduate fraternity or sorority chapter, yet there is much debate on whether Greek life should remain a part of the college tradition. As a current member…

MCQ. Issue 17
04/09/2020
Opinion | Substance Use

Proms, Parties and the Power of Social Norms in Preventing Event-Specific Alcohol Use in High School

I recently met with a school district administrator about conducting a research project in one of the district’s high schools around alcohol use during high school prom, since this can be a high-risk event related to drinking, driving, and other behaviors for students. I knew that there was interest in…

MCQ. Issue 17
04/09/2020
Student Success

Interesting People Doing Important Work

Most in the field of college mental health will remember that the American Council on Education (ACE) conducted a survey last year indicating that eight out of 10 college presidents saw student mental health as a rising priority. They might also remember that an ACE brief written by Healthy Minds…

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

The Jed Foundation to Launch Program for High Schools

For the last 20 years, the Jed Foundation (JED) has helped hundreds of colleges and universities strengthen their approaches to protecting their students’ emotional and behavioral health. They will soon offer similar support for high schools in a move that reflects both the importance and the need to address emotional…

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

Q&A: Mackenzie Mertikas, Student Association President, Syracuse University

In the wake of nationwide college closures due to the coronavirus crisis, many students, suddenly at home with their parents and siblings, are struggling to adjust to their new normal. Somewhere in between the adults they are soon expected to become and the children they once were, students at home…

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

Rep. Joe Kennedy Crafting Mental Health Legislation

If it were not already top of mind for those worried about mental health amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, Congressman Joe Kennedy, III, D- Massachusetts, is crafting legislation that he says will be the “North Star” for a mental health system that many believe is off course. “For far too long,…

MCQ. Issue 17
04/09/2020
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, College Affordability, 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
Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

The Need for Data: Mental Health During Unprecedented Times

Unprecedented. In recent weeks this word has risen to prominence in our collective lexicon. We are living in unprecedented times. Nothing is as it was before. Now more than ever, we need data and evidence to guide our decisions and inform policies and programs. This is true at all levels,…

MCQ. Issue 17
04/09/2020
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