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Faculty, the Secret Weapon for Student Retention

Faculty, the Secret Weapon for Student Retention | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

How one college is using teamwork on campus to move the needle on student retention and completion.

 

Academica Top Ten 16 June 2016 summary of article:
US college mobilizes faculty as "secret weapon" in student retention

North Carolina Southwest Community College has mobilized its faculty to help improve its student retention rate. The college brought passionate professors on board with what it calls "Retention Action Committees," small task forces created to help generate specific goals to help retain students. The groups developed initiatives including a revival of a mandatory first-year student success course and a retention alert process that notifies faculty when concerns arise. Faculty were enthusiastic participants and helped champion a "cultural shift" across campus. "Improving retention and completion is a responsibility that belongs to us. It's not just something that resides in student services," said NCSCC VP Instruction and Student Learning Thom Brooks. American Association of Community Colleges News

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Is the issue of retention really more a concern about student welfare, or is it more a problem for schools? Affordable tuition and education costs, empathetic and effective services for students, and relevant learning processes made possible by spending allocations that prioritize human capital as well as relevant learning technologies - all these would go a long way toward decreasing the social and economic inequalities at the bottom of retention issues. Meanwhile, everything old is new again...depending on education trends, budgets, and spending priorities. 

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Canada's racial divide: Confronting racism in our own backyard

Canada's racial divide: Confronting racism in our own backyard | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A common national narrative holds the country as a bastion of multiculturalism and inclusiveness, especially compared with the United States, but it’s a narrative that glosses over some harsh truths
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Why we are weaning our students from electronic noise that create distractions during class

Why we are weaning our students from electronic noise that create distractions during class | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Computers, laptops and cellphones in the lecture hall are distractions from the serious business of thinking, and learning"


"uToronto profs revive the case for banning electronic devices from their classroom 


“A few inconsiderate students shouldn’t be allowed to distract the class,” write Ryan Balot and Clifford Orwin for the Globe and Mail, which is why the two University of Toronto political science professors have chosen to ban electronic devices from their classrooms. 


“Our goals are … to teach our students to read carefully, to analyze complex arguments and to develop a richer vocabulary than that currently available for thinking about fundamental political questions,” the authors argue, adding that such work is undermined by technologies that privilege a quick retrieval of information rather than a sustained engagement with difficult material. 


“[T]hinking thrives on silence or on dialogue with other human voices, when electronic noise has faded,” the authors conclude. “Our new policy is a small step, but we’re convinced that it’s in the right direction.”"

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Mental Health on College and University Campuses in Ontario - Executive Summary, Spring 2016 Report

Mental Health on College and University Campuses in Ontario - Executive Summary, Spring 2016 Report | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
"The ACHA-NCHA II supports the health of the campus community by fulfilling the academic mission, supporting short- and long-term healthy behaviors, and gaining a current profile of health trends within the campus community. "
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No scrubs: how women had to fight to become doctors | Farrah Jarral

No scrubs: how women had to fight to become doctors | Farrah Jarral | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Margaret Ann Bulkley spent much of her life dressed as a man so that she could practice medicine – she was not the only one to go to such lengths. As the Medical Women’s Federation prepares to celebrate its centenary, one GP examines how much has changed
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Doctors say mental diagnosis would threaten license - Futurity

Doctors say mental diagnosis would threaten license - Futurity | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Stigma keeps some doctors with depression from seeking help, but fears about medical license restrictions may be even more of a factor.
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How Mindfulness and Storytelling Help Kids Heal and Learn

How Mindfulness and Storytelling Help Kids Heal and Learn | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Students who experienced trauma found the ability to calm themselves and become ready to learn after practicing mindfulness."


"“The trauma that our children carry affects their ability to learn,” says educator Mason Musumeci, a former literacy teacher at Reach. Because the children have witnessed such high levels of conflict, their bodies are often knotted with feelings of worry and fear, emotions that propel them into the fight or flight mode — a continuous state of stress that impacts their physical and mental health. These issues prevent them from feeling safe enough to focus in class." 

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Diversity: Gift or a Threat? - TVO

Diversity: Gift or a Threat? - TVO | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Air Date: 
Sep 21, 2016
Length: 
48:18
About this Video
An international conference organized in Toronto by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship has brought together thinkers and activists to discuss opposition to multiculturalism, which has grown in the last few years on both sides of the Atlantic. The Agenda presents a panel of speakers from the conference to explore why something once viewed positively is seen by an increasing number of citizens as a threat.
The Agenda with Steve Paikin
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10 Ways to Promote Student Engagement

10 Ways to Promote Student Engagement | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Student engagement is one of those buzz phrases in higher education. Everyone assumes we are talking about the same thing, but what is student engagement?
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Race, Gender & Inequality - Researchers aren't talking to LGB teens of color - Futurity

Race, Gender & Inequality - Researchers aren't talking to LGB teens of color - Futurity | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Past studies have focused on "negative outcomes among LGB youth of color, and we're not focused on any of their normative experiences as people."
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Healthy Living - The Nine Habits of Highly Effective Brains

Healthy Living - The Nine Habits of Highly Effective Brains | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
While we are still (hopefully) enjoying some downtime, let’s review some good lifestyle options we can all follow to not only maintain, but improve, our vibrant brains.
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The Day White America Changed Its Mind About Barack Obama

The Day White America Changed Its Mind About Barack Obama | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
After the “beer summit,” the fallacy of a post-racial America was over—and white citizens never thought of Barack Obama the same way again.

By Jamelle Bouie
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28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies -

28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies - | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
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Young people living in a 'suspended adulthood', finds research

Young people living in a 'suspended adulthood', finds research | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Significant numbers of under 30s lack self-confidence and are at risk of mental health problems, with women worst affected, says report
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Thousands of Saudis sign petition to end male guardianship of women

Thousands of Saudis sign petition to end male guardianship of women | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Protest movement seeks to end Saudi Arabia law requiring women have permission of a male guardian to travel, marry or do other fundamental tasks
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Three Experiences Shape Student Motivation to Persist: Self-efficacy, Sense of Belonging & Relevance 

Three Experiences Shape Student Motivation to Persist: Self-efficacy, Sense of Belonging & Relevance  | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Three major experiences shape student motivation to stay in college and graduate, writes Vincent Tinto."


Summary from Academica Top Ten - Tuesday, September 27, 2016:


"Three keys to increasing student persistence, completion


“Students … do not seek to be retained. They seek to persist,” writes Vincent Tinto for Inside Higher Ed, which is why institutions must stop asking what they can do to retain students and start asking what they can do to support students in the choice to continue with their education. 


Tinto offers three recommendations for supporting persistence in a student-centred way. 


The first is helping students build their self-efficacy. 


The second is helping students develop a firm sense of belonging within a larger community, 


and the third is ensuring that students perceive their program’s curricula as being valuable."

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'Lives at stake': campus counsellors say province must address mental health 'crisis' - CBC Report

'Lives at stake': campus counsellors say province must address mental health 'crisis' - CBC Report | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Ontario must develop a plan to deal with the increase in students arriving on campus who need mental health services, say provincial counsellors who work with them."


Summary from Academica Top Ten - Tuesday, September 27, 2016:


"Growing demand for mental health leads to call for ON-wide strategy 


Campus counsellors on Ontario college and university campuses are overwhelmed by the growing need for mental health services, reports CBC. 


A recent study released by the Ontario University and College Health Association highlighted the increased rates of anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts among postsecondary students in the province. 


“Many of us who oversee counselling services describe our day as using a finger to stop a flood and the demand for our services far outstrips our capacity to support students,” states Meg Houghton, OUCHA president and Humber College Director of Student Access, Wellness and Development. 


In response to the difficulties around meeting the increased demand, Houghton states that OUCHA hopes ON will move to develop a province-wide strategy to deliver mental health services."

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Putting the FORM in Formative Assessment

Putting the FORM in Formative Assessment | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Formative assessment works best when students understand what their learning looks like. Here are some guidelines for making it fun, organic, relevant, and meaningful.
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Leading Towards a Better World? | Inter Press Service

Leading Towards a Better World? | Inter Press Service | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

By Dr Fahmida Khatun

Sep 26 2016 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh) 


President Barak Obama’s speech at the seventy first session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2016 carries great significance. This is not only because it was his last speech at the UN as the US president, but also for its content and message. While his speech has implications for the world today, some are probably more relevant for his own country. 


Emphasising that the world “must go forward, and not backward”, he spent a great deal of time highlighting the need for global integration and its benefits. He said that billions of people are now enjoying better lives, and the number of people living in extreme poverty has been reduced from about 40 percent to below 10 percent in the last 25 years, thanks to integration of the global economy. 


Reference to the contribution of immigrants to the US was another notable point of Obama’s speech, as he stated, “Today, a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself.”

As opposed to what President Obama reiterated within the UN building, a part of the US presidential election campaign has been giving a different message outside.

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Next Step a PhD? A faculty member no longer advises her students to go into academe

Next Step a PhD? A faculty member no longer advises her students to go into academe | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Faculty member Betsy Lucal now strongly urges any student who will listen to reconsider their plans to earn a Ph.D."


Summary from Academica Top Ten - Monday, September 26, 2016:


"“I think they should not do it,” says IHE contributor of pursuing a PhD “I strongly urge any student who will listen to reconsider their plans to go on to earn a PhD,” writes Betsy Lucal for Inside Higher Ed. 


A professor at Indiana University South Bend, Lucal writes that universities’ increasing tendency to cut costs and follow the principles of “consumerism, individual empowerment and self-interest” has created a higher ed landscape in which she, a tenured professor, questions whether she will be able to make a living from academia for the remainder of her career. 


Lucal outlines a number of other reasons to avoid earning a PhD and entering academia."

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The one question you should always ask at the end of a job interview

The one question you should always ask at the end of a job interview | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Whatever you do, make sure you ask this question.
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Why being a fake is bad for you

Why being a fake is bad for you | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Authenticity – where we say what we truly think – is key to our wellbeing, says Professor Stephen Joseph
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iRevolutions - Using Sound and Artificial Intelligence to Detect Human Rights Violations

iRevolutions - Using Sound and Artificial Intelligence to Detect Human Rights Violations | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Video continues to be a powerful way to capture human rights abuses around the world. Videos posted to social media can be used to hold perpetrators of gross violations accountable. But video footage poses a “Big Data” challenge to human rights organizations. Two billion smartphone users means almost as many video cameras. This leads to massive amounts of visual content of both suffering and wrong-doing during conflict zones. Reviewing these videos manually is a very labor intensive, time consuming, expensive and often traumatic task. So my colleague Jay Aronson at CMU has been exploring how artificial intelligence and in particular machine learning might solve this challenge.
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Wild Pacific salmon face an upstream battle for survival

Wild Pacific salmon face an upstream battle for survival | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Salmon are resilient and have survived ice ages and other challenges over millions of years. They've survived having their streams paved over. They've survived toxins dumped into their environments. The question is, can they -- and the ecosystems that depend on them -- survive climate change and fish farms and all the other stressors humans are putting on them?
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Court rules that black men running from Boston police shouldn't be seen as suspicious

Court rules that black men running from Boston police shouldn't be seen as suspicious | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
This may set a huge precedent for encounters between black men and police.
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Women do four years more work than men in lifetime, report shows

Women do four years more work than men in lifetime, report shows | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Report by ActionAid ahead of UN general assembly reveals burden of unpaid care work on women around the world
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More work for less pay.
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