Describes how community colleges can help promote mental health for their students. The article calls community college an important gateway to social mobility and reports that as accessibility increases, the number of students who face mental health challenges will as well. As a result, there is a significant need for support and services that could help students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.
Discusses a fist fight that took place in a North Carolina school. A parent advocate believes that with the shortage of teachers and administrators, acts like this can quickly lead to unfairly funneling a student from the classroom into the criminal justice system.
Discusses how COVID-19 has disrupted supply chains globally making it hard to harvest, package and ship food consistently -- which affects thousands of children who depend on schools to provide nutritious meals.
Alyssa Rodriguez, a Chicago social worker, figured she’d see more students who felt anxious, frustrated by their schoolwork, or disoriented by unfamiliar routines. A month into school, she says she underestimated the challenge ahead.
A recent surge of research, practice and think-tanks explores the needs of student parents in higher education. All the shared voices reaffirm that this population of students will require much greater efforts to expand college access success.
Rates of higher education student mental health problems had already been on the rise. From 2012 to 2018, for example, the number of self-reported suicide attempts more than doubled among college undergraduates. Since then – in large part because of the pandemic – college leaders have expressed increased concern for the mental health of students.