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3 Foundational Principles in Student Mediation

By Brian Gertler

Entry-level Student Development employees often have the tools and some experiences to feel confident in approaching student conflict and mediation, but they rarely have the training or education to back it up professionally. Here are three foundational principles to get you started.

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International Academic Partnerships as an Effective Internationalization Strategy

By James Gieser

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Federal Accountability Plan

By Todd Chamberlain

With college tuition costs rising more than the rate of inflation for 30 years, greater levels of accountability for higher education institutions to justify their costs have also increased over the past 10 years.

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Female Career Trends and the Implications on Higher Education

By Amy Wilson

Forty years have passed since one of the most impactful eras in our American heritage: the women’s rights movement. While much has changed since this pivotal time period, the modern woman still faces many challenges in American society. Women have made great leaps and strides in both academia and the workforce but there is still a fairly strong divide in typical gender specified careers. Females frequently face limitations and roadblocks in the work force due to cultural stereotypes as well as additional factors. Career trends for the American educated female continue to emerge through research and the results, unfortunately, are not always encouraging. This in turn has a definite impact on college females as they aspire towards their career goals. As higher education institutions seek to prepare women for what lies beyond college, it is vital that there is a stronger emphasis on career preparation and education for females in order to more fully engage women in the workplace.

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The Trend of Increased Integration of Spirituality and Meaning-Making in Higher Education

By Heather Tyner

In recent years, the silence surrounding the role of spirituality in higher education is breaking as students and faculty dialogue about the necessity of exploration and awareness in this area. For years the norm has been the continuation of the separation of church and state, a mantra that has influenced this nation almost since its inception. However, the increasing pervasiveness of the postmodernist worldview has constructed a framework that allows for a multiplicity of thought and plurality of beliefs to coexist. This framework is creating a new culture in which the spiritual dimension of students is a new frontier to be explored, and one which American colleges and universities are expected to be guides for students in this inner search.

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Connecting the Book Reviews of Guyland and Cinderella Ate My Daughter

By Josiah Hatfield, Laura B. McGrath

While writing book reviews on similar topics, Laura and Josiah thought it would be interesting to discuss the thoughts and feelings they were contemplating and processing in reviewing their respective books and in how each text relates to student development and higher education in general. What follows is a transcription of the conversation that includes a few (not all) of their reactions and hopefully allows the two books to interact on a reader level.

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A Three-Year Degree as a Trend in Higher Education

By Maria Tsuleff

The general public has typically known the traditional college experience to be one of four-years in length where students emerge with a specific Baccalaureate degree, loads of college loans and a well-rounded education not only involving the classroom but which also includes extra-curricular activities and a residence-life experience. However the situation just described is becoming increasingly unnecessary and “less typical” for students seeking an undergraduate degree. The three-year degree or time-shortened degree, as the terms are many times used interchangeably, is a trend in higher education that is not necessarily a new concept but is becoming progressively more popular among colleges, universities and the students who attend such institutions. As this trend is only in its beginning stages, American colleges and universities are attempting to gain knowledge and understanding on how to implement best practices for academics and student development in the wake of a non-traditional, three-year degree.

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Working With Undocumented Students

By Joel Perez

Many of us are familiar with the national political debate surrounding immigration reform. These debates spill over into many of the communities in which our institutions reside. In addition, this issue is salient for us in private Christian colleges, because some of our institutions have decided to admit students who are undocumented. This decision, whether you agree with it or not, raises an important question that each institution needs to answer. How does one support and assist these students in being successful at our institutions?

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Silent Pain: A Story of Transcendence from Abuse

By Wendy Smith

Not many experiences in my life compare to the experience of sharing with another person deep wounds from the past. Through these experiences I have developed very deep bonds with students. I believe sharing those hurts also brings new forms of healing and understanding.

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