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Officials at Webster University in Missouri noticed a number of graduate students had stopped registering for classes. Recognizing they did not have the staff resources to provide intensive support, they formed a pilot with InsideTrack, a company that partners with colleges to create adaptive coaching options.

Launched in fall 2017, the pilot included 511 students (including 101 online-only students) who receive specialized coaching.

Nido Qubein is president of High Point University in North Carolina.

Instead of hoping that mentorship happens, we have to help both students and our colleagues understand the fundamentals of making these connections.

Brooms is an associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Derrick R. Brooms’ book, Being Black, Being Male on Campus, focuses on 40 young black men who relate their experiences getting into college and trying to thrive when they get there.

After a decade of living abroad, in fall 2016 I returned to the US and accepted a position as Assistant Professor at a state university in the Midwest. Eager and hyper-alert, I began noticing that American students, both graduate and undergraduate, were encountering significant difficulties in writing academic papers. I was dumbfounded. Having spent many years in Russia and China teaching non-native English speakers to read, write, and communicate in academic English, the ineptness of these American students baffled me. They, after all, spoke English as their native language.

Paul Viccica and Lois Goodell are principals with the CBT architectural firm.

The criteria employers use to evaluate recent college graduates for jobs in the real world of today have changed dramatically.

Susan Brennan is associate vice president of University Career Services at Bentley University.

Here are strategies that helped career services become a priority at Bentley University in Massachusetts.

How other states are approaching math requirements.

The 23-campus California State University system has eliminated two of the largest barriers facing incoming freshmen pursuing non-STEM majors.

CREDIT CONVERSATION—Conferences of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships help ensure dual enrollment students experience a seamless transition into college. (Todd Goodrich).

Colleges and universities in 47 states engage with school district partners to offer dual enrollment programs, in which courses are taught on college campuses, at high schools or online.

A failure to gather data—not rigor or readiness—may be the biggest issue facing early college programs, believes Jason Taylor, an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Utah who has devoted his career to studying dual enrollment.

“There is not a lot of empirical evidence on whether the benefits outweigh the costs,” he says.

Source: Ipsos survey sponsored by Allianz Tuition Insurance, UBmag.me/worries

According to a new study, nearly half of high school students worry about being able to stay in college once admitted. That’s one finding from a survey of more than 2,000 students from around the country.

Ronald K. Machtley is president of Bryant University.

At Bryant University, we adopted a six-step design thinking approach that other campus leaders can use to create a culture focused on encouraging innovative teaching and creating innovators.

Models of Excellence was created in response to higher ed leaders across the country recognizing that striving for institutional excellence requires taking a fresh look at student success.

We created Models of Excellence in 2015, as the definition of student success took on new meaning.

Good money habits start early. The power of interest means those who start saving, investing and paying off their interest rates young have an advantage over those who wait.

As students make the transition from college to a full-time career, they face numerous important financial decisions that will impact their lives for years to come. Many, however, feel unprepared to make the choices that will help them become financially independent and able to cover their own expenses.

The disconnect between students’ digital lives and their classroom experience is narrowing as professors are increasingly embedding video in their courses—for both in-person and online learning.

 Rasheed Atwater is a student veteran at Eastern Michigan University. Russell Olwell is an associate dean and professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Merrimack College in Massachusetts.

Faculty and administrators may assume that student veterans already have the funds they need to pay for school, that they are plugged into healthcare through the Veterans Administration, and are well on their way to a degree or career. This is not the case.

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