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September 28, 2022

Counseling Students Facing Mental Health Challenges

In this episode, we talk with Sarah Garlick of UWE Bristol in the UK. She shares her story and how she’s using her past experiences to support students’ wellbeing and provide counseling on mental health related challenges. Sarah knows college campuses can feel lonely and it can difficult to get engaged, so she walks us through what UWE […]

September 22, 2022

The Future of the Higher Education Workplace

In this episode, we chat with Dr. Kevin McClure (University of North Carolina Wilmington) about his experience with broad-access institutions and regional colleges and universities. We also discuss the future of work and how the higher education landscape is changing for both current and future faculty members. Kevin shares about retaining employees, why people stay and why they leave, […]

August 13, 2022

The Real Reasons Why 33% of First-generation Students Drop Out

First-generation students are likely to face barriers continuing-generation students do not. Consequently, their college experience is more challenging as they navigate a new, unfamiliar environment for the first time without previous parental experience to glean from. According to the Education Advisory Board (EAB), 33% of first-generation students leave college within three years of starting. While […]

July 25, 2022

Why Student Surveys Don’t Work

Higher education institutions have put a lot of effort into collecting information about the student experience via student assessments and surveys. Unfortunately, these methods aren’t accurate or comprehensive enough to paint a real picture of the unique challenges students face. There are two major problems with student surveys: Only a fraction of students participate, and […]

July 11, 2022

A Unique Way to Prevent Students from Getting Lost at Large Universities

Many large universities do a great job of attracting students and creating a sense of camaraderie around the school’s mission, history, and traditions. Attending a large, well-known school (think Texas A&M, NYU, Penn State, UCLA, etc.) has its advantages, including endless opportunities for involvement, a wide range of majors and academic tracks, huge alumni networks, […]

June 27, 2022

Harnessing Brain Plasticity to Build Academic Resilience with Karen Oehme

Karen Oehme from Florida State University joins us to talk about the components of academic resilience and how we can actually train our brains to become more resilient in the face of adversity. She shares how she and her colleagues at FSU are helping students learn how to bounce back and press on in the face of […]

June 9, 2022

Fostering Engagement & Belonging at a Large Public University

Dr. Nancy Hutchins from Texas A&M University joins us to talk about the importance of building relationships and fostering a sense of belonging on a large campus where it’s easy to get lost. She shares how her team is giving students confidence to take initiative and find areas in which they can grow and engage […]

May 26, 2022

How to Maintain Silos for Faculty While Eliminating Them for Students

Organizationally, silos are helpful and needed at the faculty and administrative level. They keep departments and processes structured so teams can run efficiently and maintain a shared identity. For students, things are a little different. The siloed university system doesn’t help students in the same way it helps faculty. Silos create a maze for students […]

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