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Professional Development - What Are Your Challenges?

Professional Development - What Are Your Challenges?

Not enough professional development dollars to go around? Cost of conferences getting too expensive? Not enough time for you to research all the trainings available?

We all know that professional development is a tremendous learning tool that impacts employee satisfaction and retention, so why doesn’t every organization have a professional development program and why doesn’t every employee take advantage of professional development opportunities? What do you need and want from a professional development program? We want to hear from you!

Just the Facts! 10 Concerning Mental Health Stats About College Students

Just the Facts!  10 Concerning Mental Health Stats About College Students
College counseling and health centers are reporting record levels of mental health-related concerns, ranging from a full spectrum of anxiety disorders and depression to self-injurious behaviors and suicide.  The Penn State Center for Collegiate Mental Health reported an average 30-40% increase in students’ use of counseling centers between 2009 and 2015 at a time when enrollment grew by approximately 5%. While institutions have directed resources to support the increased need, 50% of students who stopped attending college because of mental health-related reasons did not access mental health services and supports on campus. 

Higher Ed Acronyms: ICYMI They Are Getting OC IMO

Higher Ed Acronyms: ICYMI They Are Getting OC IMO

We all have them. We all say them.  We sometimes know what they stand for… but do our students?

Acronyms – An 8-letter word that has hundreds, thousands, millions of iterations, and heavily relied on in higher education.  We have the FAFSA, FERPA, and FOIPOP. FOIPOP? Yes, FOIPOP!  CLEP, PSEO, and ESOL. Let’s be honest, half the time we can’t keep our acronyms straight, so how can we expect our students to understand them? 

Party Like It’s 1776

Party Like It’s 1776
As we know, Independence Day is celebrated on July 4 and is known as "the Fourth of July". In the United States, Independence Day “is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776”. To celebrate, many people display the American flag, attend baseball games, host BBQ’s, and attend firework displays.  But did you know New York has the largest fireworks display, 31 towns have “liberty” in their name, and the chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa is over 25%. To learn more facts, get party ideas or learn about military discounts, please check out the resources below.

Transitioning To College: Moving From Checkers To Chess

Transitioning To College: Moving From Checkers To Chess
Transitioning from high school to college can be overwhelming. How are you helping students transition? Share your ideas, programs, suggestions. 

Just The Facts! 10 Disability Stats To Inform Future Enrollment

Just The Facts! 10 Disability Stats To Inform Future Enrollment

Just The Facts! 10 Disability Facts To Inform Future Enrollment
Data from federal agencies supports what many post-secondary institutions have suspected – the number of students enrolling who can benefit from disability services is increasing.  Institutions who are designing and implementing strategic enrollment plans will want to consider the impact of increases in enrollment from persons with disabilities.  Given information from Veterans Affairs and the Department of Education, institutions have an opportunity to adjust services to meet the needs of students with disabilities while increasing diversity on campus.