Student Wellness

Covering the Shadow Uninsured

What institutions can do to help ensure the health of their student bodies
 

ALL YEAR LONG, BUT THROUGHOUT the colder months in particular, health care needs inevitably arise. But for college students, particularly those in traditionally underserved minority groups, access to health care may be as slippery as the roads they come to school on.

Removing Educational Roadblocks for Disabled Veterans

For a growing number of veterans, educational benefits require more than just college tuition assistance.

For decades, the G.I. Bill has been a primary motivator for young men and women to enlist in the U.S. military, and Veterans Administration statistics show an increasing number of veterans are taking advantage of educational benefits. For many young people not necessarily able to afford college immediately out of high school, the promise of a free education is an opportunity too good to pass up. Yet, there is a large disparity between the educational benefits provided to veterans through the G.I. Bill and the full cost of attaining a four-year degree.

Cleaning Out My Inbox

 

I HAVE LEARNED THAT THIS COLUMN CAN touch a few nerves. Two examples of this are editorials I wrote about guns and alcohol, both of which continue to draw reader response long after they were published.

Remedial Nation

As two- and four-year colleges face an onslaught of unprepared students, they are turning to new strategies.
 

IT MIGHT TAKE A REMEDIAL COURSE just to fathom the statistics. At The City University of New York (CUNY) in 2007, 71.4 percent of the first-time freshman class of 9,154 students coming to CUNY’s community colleges required one or more remedial courses.

Seeking a Drinking Age Debate

Perspectives from an Amethyst Initiative signatory about moving the dialogue forward
 

AS AN ENTHUSIASTIC signatory to the Amethyst Initiative, a joint statement issued by college and university presidents and chancellors urging public debate on the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, I am pleased to say the discussion is certainly underway.

A Long Overdue Conversation

 

A strange and inspiring thing happened this summer. Higher education grew a backbone. In July a group of 100 college and university presidents calling themselves the Amethyst Initiative came forward with the not-so-surprising news that young people on college campuses drink alcohol before they reach the legal age of 21.

Coming to Terms

How mediation can resolve campus disputes without litigation
 

DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING campus disputes sound familiar to you?

--An academic department chair is struggling with warring factions among the faculty who do not get along and are engaged in petty in fighting.

Prepping Employees for Their Golden Years

Part one of a two-part column on retirement planning at colleges and universities
 

VIRTUALLY EVERY HIGHER ed institution offers some type of employee retirement program along with a handful of optional workshops on retirement-related topics. But is that enough?

Students in Need, Schools at the Ready

Substance abuse, depression, and eating disorders are ever-present problems on college and university campuses. But higher ed leaders are on the case.
 

A Different Kind of Intervention

Armed with new data, campus leaders are taking a more broad-based approach to handling substance-abuse issues.
 

LONG BEFORE HE BECAME PRESIDENT OF <b>Frostburg State University</b> (Md.), Jonathan C. Gibralter was teaching elsewhere. The high level of student alcohol abuse compelled him and his wife-who ran the alcohol and drug prevention program there-to personally urge the president to take action.

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