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Source: 2017 research from Kognito (surveys with nearly 15,000 faculty/staff and more than 51,000 undergrads  over 5 years), www.kognito.com.

New research shows that while faculty and students may recognize signs of psychological distress in others on campus, many feel unprepared to approach and help those in need.

Texas four-year public institutions saw a sizable decrease in international student interest for fall ‘17, with application numbers down 12.5 percent from fall ‘16 numbers.

EXCHANGE ARRANGED—Wayne State was selected to host a group of 100 Iraqi students as part of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, a one-month study opportunity in the U.S.

A survey of 112 American colleges and universities shows a 2 percent dip in international student yield for fall 2017, from 26 percent in fall 2016 to the current 24 percent, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE).

UNLV students worked with mentors provided by Food & Water Watch’s Take Back the Tap campaign to create a matching fund for station installation. (UNLV).

Hydration stations are popping up at several colleges and universities to promote environmental consciousness and healthfulness on campus.

Over two dozen higher ed institutions signed the federal Fair Chance Higher Education pledge to drop criminal background questions from applications in June 2016. (Gettyimages.com: dan henson1).

Louisiana is the first state in the nation to formally prohibit all public higher ed institutions from asking applicants about their criminal history.

Prep and marketing for Rutgers University-Camden’s first college fair for undocumented students, held this June, required an individualized approach, says Mary Beth Daisey, vice chancellor for student affairs.

DREAMER PRIDE—A participant certificate awarded for the completion of Sacramento State’s Dreamer Ally training explains the meaning of its hummingbird logo. These birds are known for overcoming challenges, and  the circle represents a reminder that undocumented students are welcome.

With the specter of a federal crackdown on illegal immigration looming, higher ed institutions are finding ways to better serve undocumented students, and also protect their identities.

Bills that could impact how students exercise free speech at public higher ed institutions—and that could also dictate how administrators discipline “disruptive” behavior—are winning various levels of support in statehouses across the country.

The change of Freshmen enrollment at the University of Missouri from 2015 to 2017. (Source: University of Missouri).

Freshman enrollment at the Columbia campus of the University of Missouri has fallen by more than 35 percent since the institution’s well-publicized and racially driven student protests in November 2015, according to a July New York Times article.

Higher ed institutions—capitalizing on the popularity of the digital pictographs—now offer customized sets of emojis featuring school logos, mascots and other themed graphics, such as smiling or winking faces.

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