By Alana Ripy in Disability Services, Student Conduct posted: Nov, 7th 2019

The Impact of Diversity and Inclusion

Recently colleges and universities across the country have made adjustments to be more inclusive in response to a growing diverse student population. According to the Postsecondary National Policy Institute, 10 percent of a sample of more than 33,000 undergraduate students identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, asexual, pansexual, or questioning. Additionally, a 2015-16 report found […]

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By Alana Ripy in Student Engagement posted: Oct, 24th 2019

Higher Ed Focuses on Skills Development

The higher education landscape is rapidly changing, directly tied to the shifting needs of the college and university students. The 2019 Student Survey Report, conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), indicated that “nearly all groups of students cited the opportunity to develop both skills that are applied and specific to the […]

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By Alana Ripy in Current Events, Student Conduct posted: Oct, 17th 2019

Encouraging Campus Safety with Better Reporting

Sexual assault and sexual violence continue to be at the center of Title IX discussions on college campuses. The staggering evidence of sexual assault and misconduct keeps colleges and universities constantly looking for ways to improve their behavioral prevention and case management system. A recent survey conducted among 33 major universities, published in The Washington […]

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By Alana Ripy in Best Practices, Disability Services posted: Oct, 3rd 2019

Increasing Retention of Students with Disabilities

Many students that enroll in either a four or two-year higher education institution do so with the intention of graduating within a certain number of years. Unfortunately, not all students that enroll in higher education make it to graduation. There are many challenges that face the average college student today and those challenges are doubled […]

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By Alana Ripy in Career Services, CSM, Pathways posted: Sep, 26th 2019

Putting the University First

Universities today are focused on empowering all students to become career-ready and connecting them to high-quality, relevant opportunities—Symplicity’s #1 priority is supporting this mission. The university has always been our customer and we’re committed to supporting it and its students first and foremost. We feel now more than ever the importance of providing a technology […]

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By Alana Ripy in Career Services, CSM posted: Sep, 19th 2019

Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

The topic of diversity and inclusion in higher education is more widely discussed now than it ever has before. These discussions are directly correlated to the fact that the higher education student population has become substantially more diverse in the last 20 years. The Association of American Colleges & Universities reported that “students of color […]

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By Alana Ripy in Best Practices, Career Services, CSM posted: Sep, 13th 2019

Increasing Career Services’ Relevancy

The importance of career services continues to be a key component of university messaging to current or prospective students. This is especially the case with the increase of tuition costs which, in turn, has caused an increase in the average student debt. Research found that “the average cumulative student debt balance in 2017 was $26,900 […]

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By Alana Ripy in Advising, Best Practices, Student Engagement posted: Aug, 29th 2019

Cross-Collaboration Improves Student Engagement

Higher education is becoming more competitive. Colleges and universities are finding new ways to provide more initiatives and programs in order to serve the growing population of students attending college. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the percentage of students with a bachelor’s and master’s degree has greatly increased in the last […]

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By Alana Ripy in Events, Student Conduct posted: Aug, 8th 2019

Addressing Students’ Mental Health Concerns

Mental health concerns are becoming more common and widespread among students. A poll was taken by the Insight Network, a team of therapists and psychiatrists, of 38,000 UK students in 2018 which found that “psychological distress and illness are on the rise in universities.” With the rise of students experiencing mental health disorders, the demand […]

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By Alana Ripy in Career Services, Experiential Learning, Student Engagement posted: Aug, 1st 2019

The Rise and Reason for Experiential Learning

Colleges and universities are increasingly focused on integrating experiential learning programs into their curricula in an effort to foster career-ready graduates. According to Susan Ambrose, senior provost for educational innovation at Northeastern University, experiential learning is all about “connecting theory to practice, in a real-world authentic setting, that has real-world constraints and parameters and consequences […]

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