As spring break nears, college students everywhere are gearing up for a week at the beach or a trip back home to see family. But for one group of Auburn students, spring break will look a bit different. Alternative Student Breaks, or ASB, is an initiate that provides opportunities for students to serve in various communities across the country during school breaks.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in December 2020, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) became the first university in the United States to formally adopt the Okanagan Charter and become an internationally recognized Health Promoting University or College. Since then, 15 more institutions have formally adopted the charter, and the US Health Promoting Campus Network (USHPCN) has grown to 165 campuses participating.
This spring, Alabama community college system leaders are working on new statewide measures to retain students, including appointment scheduling and a “student success scoring” system, which would help identify students who need help early, rather than waiting until they ask for it.
Provides a unifying framework for schools, families, and communities to understand, select, and organize their learning supports (i.e., strategies, programs, and practices used to create conditions to enhance learning).
With a nationwide psychiatrist shortage and diminished access to mental and behavioral health help, one school's community coordinator created "Healthy Island," a once empty room now dedicated to be a safe and therapeutic space for students.
The University of Iowa is turning its student union hotel into a mental health center. North Carolina’s state colleges are expanding mental health and crisis services with about $8 million from Gov. Ray Cooper. Florida State University created a new course to train faculty and staff to spot and help students battling trauma. Community colleges are stepping up, too.
The Massachusetts Hunger Free Campus Coalition is working to raise that percentage and address the glaring issue of food insecurity on college campuses. Through partnerships with food pantries, maximizing SNAP enrollment and mobilizing legislative efforts, MHFCC’s goal of eliminating food insecurity in college students is gaining traction.