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College students juggle the challenges of academics, social situations, finances, and just everyday living life. So, it may not come as a surprise that mental health is a significant concern among them. Mental health issues can have negative impacts not just on the student themselves but also on those around them. Poor mental health among students also has negative implications for retention rates. As such mental health services on college campuses are an important topic to discuss.

Not every student who may benefit from mental health services necessarily suffers from a severe mental disorder. In 2019 a majority of student…

…and what needs to go the way of the dinosaurs!

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Technology in the classroom is a topic that has grown along with the growth of, well, technology. Of course, the events of 2020 forced a new level of reliance on tech. As countless classrooms went virtual, sometimes teachers and districts did what they had to do to remain afloat, and sometimes they were able to use technology to their advantage. In fact, one study found that 86% of teachers believe technology is helpful to teaching, but about a third may avoid it due to reliability issues. So, which elements of…

Why the college degree gap exists, and what can be done about it.

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The gap between college degree attainment between white adults and both Black and Latinx adults has continued to widen in the last fifty years. A college degree is imperative for upward mobility in the United States. Over and over, studies show the importance of a college degree, from lower unemployment rates among college graduates to college graduates earning more than individuals without a college degree. With so much to gain from a college degree, why are Black adults and Latinx adults lagging behind their White peers?


Mental health, social support, and Zoom fatigue are just the beginning.

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As the vaccine rollout continues, universities in the United States are planning for the upcoming fall semester. Many have decided to return to in-person classes and activities but there are challenges to be considered with this return to form. After nearly a year and a half of virtual learning, there are concerns among students and faculty not only about the health but also the academic and social consequences of distance learning.

Many students reported troubles keeping up with classes with virtual learning. While some students experience more difficulties than others during this period, generally students’ abilities to concentrate and stay…

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One of our summer interns, Lynnie McIlvain, majored in the classics. Not many students today are even aware of the classics like “The Odyssey” or “The Republic” and for those that are, an entire world of rich history unfolds before them. Read below and learn more about this deeply interesting, timely, and significant major for your consideration…

Classics is a humanities major that studies the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome from multiple perspectives, including literature, history, art, archeology, religion, and philosophy. Students who study this major can enter into a wide variety of fields, including law and medicine, with…

What is happening and what institutions are most vulnerable, explained.

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Undergraduate enrollment has been decreasing nationwide for nearly a decade, but the effects of COVID-19 have dramatically impacted this trend. This past year the social and economic consequences of the pandemic have kept a great number of potential or previously enrolled students from signing up for classes. In the U.S. there has been a 3.5% decline in enrollment this last spring across all higher education sectors. This is a dramatic difference from previous years. The rates are larger for international students due to economic hardship and travel restrictions.

The general decline in enrollment prior to the pandemic can be contributed…

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Everywhere you turn, someone is doing a study on how students are, or aren’t, coping with the unprecedented challenges of school in the time of COVID. WIth some experts treating them as a lost cause and others pushing to close the gaps the pandemic created for learners, it can be difficult to decipher just how behind which students are, and how best to help them move forward.

In many ways, the pandemic has just highlighted hurdles and inequities that already existed in education. Schools that already didn’t have the necessary resources tended, unsurprisingly, to suffer more than those that were…

Dionne Lomax is a lecturer at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and School of Law. She was formerly an anti-trust attorney both in private practice and at the US Department of Justice.

Can you tell us about your subject/specialty?

I wear several hats at Boston University. I am a Lecturer at the Questrom School of Business where I teach a business law course called, “Introduction to Law.” I also serve as a Lecturer at the Boston University School of Law. At the law school I co-teach a “Healthcare Competition” seminar (focused on the intersection of competition and the health…

Higher education has become a necessary vehicle for economic mobility in the past few decades. The availability of jobs, especially high-paying jobs and jobs with benefits, has decreased for those with only a high school diploma. Yet the cost of attending college increases every year. This has necessitated the borrowing of student loans by many Americans. There is currently $1.5 trillion in outstanding federal student loan debt, making it the second-largest debt balance after mortgages. As the amount of student loan debt continues to grow, there have been policy discussions in federal cicles about alleviating the financial strain on borrowers.

Aviva Klein is the CEO of University Blood Initiative, a student-run non-profit that aims to fix blood supply issues across the country.

On the University Blood Initiative

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, I decided to volunteer at a blood bank. Not that I thought I’d be a blood-saving warrior or something then — it was just a cool thing to do, to gain some leadership experience. But while this volunteering at the center, I learned that the average blood donor in this country is a forty-year-old white man, and that in ten to twenty years…

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