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5 Tips for Students Living Away From Home for the First Time


For some, going away to college or university may be the first time they find themselves navigating the world on their own; away from the support of their parents, expected to be truly independent. While this change can be exciting, it can also be overwhelming. If a student has no prior experience living on their own, it can feel as…

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Checking Your School’s Vitals with KPIs


KPIs (or Key Performance Indicators) can be an extremely valuable tool for Student Affairs professionals. Simply put, it is impossible to measure every single data-point of a business, so KPIs enable us to check the ‘vitals’. Speaking the Language: Leading and Lagging Indicators For the purposes of this discussion, we will be organizing our examples around student retention and orientation.…

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3 Ways to Boost Student Survey Response Rates


In order to continually support and engage students, post-secondary institutions must be receptive to their needs and input. Unfortunately, traditional approaches to garnering feedback through student surveys don’t always reap substantial interest or participation, thus limiting their potential to inform campus improvement. So, how should post-secondary institutions go about gathering and utilizing valuable feedback in an age marked by unprecedented…

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Is Your Student Affairs Website Accessible?


Student Affairs Professionals are known for their ability to masterfully navigate the many acronyms within higher education. Well, here is new- lesser known, but invaluable- one to add to the expansive Student Affairs repertoire: WCAG 2.0 Developed by the W3C or World Wide Web Consortium, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 include internationally recognized recommendations on making web content accessible for…

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