Browsing Category : Student Life

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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4 Ways Being a Post-Secondary Student is Like Being a New Parent


Beyond excessive caffeine consumption and erratic sleep patterns, being a post-secondary student is similar – in many ways – to being a new parent. Having experienced both simultaneously while completing my Master’s degree, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons between the two. The following are four pieces of advice that apply to both scenarios: You must take challenges in stride…

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What Could a Sobriety Movement in 2017 Mean for Student Engagement?


Whereas the offer of a mocktail or non-alcoholic-anything may have once elicited eye-rolls among most partygoers on a Saturday night, sobriety has recently gained some attention as a possible wellness trend in 2017. While the obvious question associated with this trend is why people are opting to cut down or abstain from drinking altogether, I find myself asking what seems…

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Betsy DeVos & the Future Direction of Higher Ed


Before a rare tie-breaker brought DeVos into her role as Secretary of Education, there was a great deal of discussion surrounding her credentials- or lack thereof- among political and educational leaders, advocates, and citizens alike. Many argued that, while expressing a “willingness to learn” a skill or protocol certainly has merit on some job applications, the bid for Secretary of…

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Why Students Affected by The U.S. Travel Ban Are Looking Up (North)


As we know, international study experiences do not always live up to student expectations, particularly in cases of inadequate institutional support. However, it is safe to say that the recent travel ban in the U.S. has surpassed invoking disappointment and headed straight into nightmare territory for international students, among so many others with personal and familial ties to the 7…

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