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Success Program Launch: Success Center for a Commuter Campus

The University of Houston Downtown’s Gator Success Institute will join student support resources into one department and implement seven success initiatives—including degree maps, bilingual programming for parents and employee mentorships.

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Campus Crisis Care Awareness Needs a Boost

A third of students aren’t clear where to turn on campus should they or a friend experience a mental health crisis. Boosting awareness of urgent mental health care resources can involve faculty as messengers, direct student outreach and mobile apps.

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Supporting Online Student Engagement With Course Design

Institutions developing programs for online learners should consider student opinions about course material and delivery to promote student success, according to a new report from McKinsey & Company.

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Campus Engagement Tip: Add a Student-Run Mascot

Student leaders from Bellarmine University introduced a new mascot last fall, infusing a new campus culture among students after remote learning.

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Identifying Effective—and Ineffective—Mental Health Supports

A new report from the American Council on Education offers analysis of different programs with proven evidence to have impacted students’ well-being, and those that are under evaluation.

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Campus Engagement Tip: Introduce the Board of Trustees

Colleges and universities can find creative, engaging ways to foster relationships between the Board of Trustees and student populations, offering professional development opportunities that promote student success.

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Supporting the Entrepreneurial Goals of College Students With Disabilities

Higher ed institutions can work more effectively and closely with disabled students who have entrepreneurial goals, writes Diego Mariscal, who founded a nonprofit start-up accelerator for business owners with disabilities while still in school. He recommends three actions to help.

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Financial Wellness Impacts Student Success Indicators, Survey Finds

A financial wellness survey administered to students in fall 2022 found that concerns about finances impacted students’ academic lives—but the majority say they would access related campus resources.