by Christina Tisher, Coordinator of Clinical Research, Graduate Student Wellness, and Disability Outreach,University Counseling Center Mental health challenges are real and tangible forces in the lives of college students today. According to a national survey of nearly 20,000 undergraduate students, the three most frequently reported factors that negatively impacted students’ academic success were anxiety (27.4%), sleep difficulties… Continue reading College Student Mental Health: The New Normal
by Steve Sanchez, Assistant Provost Since this blog entry was due on Halloween, I thought it might be appropriate to share a “treat” from recent research conducted by SLU’s Office of Institutional Research (OIR) on the experiences of SLU undergraduates. The “trick” part of all this is regularly and intentionally acting on the research data… Continue reading Trick or Treat
by Kim Levenhagen, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training On March 24, 2015, Provost John Etchemendy wrote a letter to all faculty at Stanford University regarding an increasing number of allegations regarding academic dishonesty. He wrote, “Dishonesty is corrosive in an academic community.” In his letter he implored faculty to define academic… Continue reading Engaging Students to Improve Academic Integrity
by Lauren Arend, Assistant Professor, Education I’m always looking for ways to connect my students at SLU to the broader St. Louis community. One of the ways that I have done this is to bring local school and non-profit leaders into the classroom as guest speakers. These guests are framed as experts who can insert a… Continue reading Broadening our Definition of Expert
by Kasi Williamson, Assistant Professor & Assistant Chair, Organizational Studies Context: What, Where, and Who I Teach In the School for Professional Studies (SPS) at SLU, I teach communication courses to adult learners, in eight-week terms, in online and on-ground formats. In other words: I get to teach transformative concepts to extraordinary students in a format… Continue reading Real Life, Online Service Learning: One Teacher’s Path
by Rebecca Hyde, Research & Instruction Librarian, Associate Professor, Pius XII Memorial Library “Data literacy” is used to mean many different things, but I recently came across a simple definition that really resonated with me: Data literacy is “the ability to interpret, evaluate, and communicate statistical information” (Beauchamp 2015). I like this broad definition because it encompasses… Continue reading Data Literacy Tools for the Classroom
by Elisabeth Hedrick-Moser, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center Dan Berrett’s recent Chronicle article traces “the day the purpose of college changed” to the day that Ronald Reagan suggested that, in a time of economic downturn, “there are certain intellectual luxuries that perhaps we could do without.” From this day in 1967, Barrett traces a change in… Continue reading The Purpose of College: Career-making or Soul-making?