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July 22, 2021

5 Ways to Improve Equitability in Higher Education

Hundreds of studies show that low-income, first-generation, and minority students finish school at lower rate than students who are in the majority. It has nothing to do with intellect and everything to do with opportunity. Historically, students who have previous college exposure or parents to lean on for advice have an advantage from the moment […]

July 12, 2021

Why the Harvard and MIT edX Sale Is a Win for Everyone

Harvard and MIT have been collaborating on edX since 2012 to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) to improve learning. 2U is a publicly traded education technology company who plans to buy the edX assets for $800 million in cash. Harvard and MIT plan to invest the proceeds toward addressing educational inequalities and improving learning […]

June 29, 2021

A Second Freshmen Class: Helping Sophomores Navigate College After a Year Online

New freshmen starting school in the fall aren’t the only incoming students this year. In a sense, first-year students are about to double in population as incoming sophomores wrap up a year of remote learning. Some sophomores have yet to set foot on campus while others have only experienced college on a micro level through […]

June 22, 2021

The One Thing Missing from Higher Ed Software Apps

Digital apps are a huge technological and financial investment for higher education institutions. When too many are thrown into the mix, it can create a complex network of communication pathways and accounts to manage, leaving students overwhelmed or unsure where to find help. More Isn’t Always Better Apps like Canvas, Blackboard, People Grove, VMock, Handshake, […]

June 14, 2021

Why Every College Student Needs a Mentor

Most college students don’t have a mentor and don’t know how to find one. Only 25% of students strongly agree they’ve had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams. Of that 25%, 64% say that mentor was a professor. Only 10% say that mentor was a college or university staff member […]

June 3, 2021

Is Your University’s Website Truly Student-Friendly?

Imagine this: You just got accepted to college and need to apply for financial aid. You type in collegename.edu to look for financial aid information, and the website pops up. There are 10 tabs. There are eight subcategories under each tab, then more subcategories under each subcategory. You scroll through a long home page with […]

May 27, 2021

Deciphering the Secret Language of Universities

University jargon is a whole language in and of itself. From the minute students start pursuing higher education, they’re bombarded with terminology that’s tough to decipher. What’s a provost, bursar, or TA?  What does FERPA or FAFSA mean? What are office hours, placements exams, and work-study programs? This secret language is everywhere. Even individual departments […]

May 20, 2021

Are Virtual Waiting Rooms Helping or Hurting Students?

Colleges and universities have learned a lot about student needs and organizational structures throughout the pandemic. Now that we’re nearing the other side, institutions have a lot to consider in terms of education practices, technology, and support. Are there new technologies to adopt? Are there preexisting processes and structures that no longer serve students well? […]

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