The Chutes and Ladders of Free Community College


Although widely-supported, the proposition of free community college in the U.S. has also been met with its fair share of criticism since receiving a big push from Obama’s administration in 2015 through the America’s College Promise Act. While the current administration’s stance on this movement remains unclear, individual states are launching their own initiatives in pursuit of increased accessibility in…

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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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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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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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Today’s CIO: Leading Innovation on Campus


As technology continues to play an increasingly prominent role in all aspects of higher education, the IT workforce is faced with ever-changing needs, demands, and expectations. As IT departments strive to remain flexible and adaptive, while overcoming barriers related to availability of resources and retention, effective leadership is paramount. Introducing the Modern CIO: The Chief Information Officer or CIO is…

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