Browsing Category : Student Life

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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The Great Balancing Act of Campus Mental Health Services


An article recently published by InsideHigherEd sheds some light on the ongoing struggle to balance instant response and referral for high-risk students with ongoing counselling and support. As the article points out, limitations related to financial cost and shortage of personnel, coupled with a growing demand for services, has generated a need for triage systems and waiting lists within campus…

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Making Higher Education (Modern) Family-Friendly


Post-secondary institutions boast diverse campus communities, comprised of students, staff, and faculty of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Their uniqueness is further evidenced through the intimate social structures to which they belong; as caregivers, adult children, and countless other identities, characterized by various needs and responsibilities. Higher education continues to benefit from increasingly holistic approaches to individual and campus-wide engagement. Needless to…

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