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Most mental illnesses begin before or during young adulthood, and a quarter of young Canadians have both a mood or anxiety disorder and a substance-abuse problem. (Shutterstock)

Mental illness on campus really is ‘a thing’

Today's students are at increasingly high risk for mental health diagnoses. Universities need to step up.
Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs gives Howard University’s commencement speech in 2014.

Rap and gown: Hip-hop artists as commencement speakers

While hip-hop is often viewed through its problematic elements, Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough explains why rap artists are ideal commencement speakers.
How peers perform in college can affect student mental health. mimagephotography/www.shutterstock.com

Choosing the wrong college can be bad for your mental health

When students attend a college where the student body is academically weaker than the one where they went to high school, they are more likely to show symptoms of depression, new research finds.
Bernie Williams, right, a women’s advocate in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, embraces Carmen Paterson while testifying at the final day of hearings at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in Richmond, B.C., on April 8, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Can we really teach ‘Indigenizing’ courses online?

University "Indigenization" efforts using Massive Open Online Courses promise to reach wide audiences. They also raise critical questions about how to embody Indigenous ways of knowing and relating.
New research shows double majors have a big competitive advantage in one critical area. fizkes/Shutterstock

Why double-majors might beat you out of a job

New research shows double majors beat their peers in one critical way that makes them more attractive to employers. Colleges may have to adapt to that reality to help their graduates compete.
Through their commitments to, and dependence on, professional education and multidisciplinary research, universities have skin in the epistemic game. Shutterstock

Universities should take stronger leadership on knowledge and how it matters

It’s time to (do more than) talk about knowledge. Universities must take leadership in helping develop students capacity to recognise different kinds of knowledge and work flexibly.
So how will the students rate their professor when the class is over? U.S. Department of Education/Flickr

Student evaluations and hazards in the classroom

In many European universities and specialized schools, professors are now being assessed by their students. While this has long been standard in the United States, many issues can arise.
Employers’ changing demands for workers with higher education raises legitimate questions about how suitable current higher education is as preparation for employment. Shutterstock

Four ideas for reforming higher education policy-making

Practical ways forward for higher education policy reform include fixing the dysfunctional relationship between higher and vocational education or government-sponsored analysis of the future of work.
Teaching in Paris in the 14th century (Grandes Chroniques de France).

Teaching is not a science, it is a culture of educative action

Affirming that teaching is a science is tantamount to legitimating the forms of violence that are based on the affirmation of “truths”. Instead, it is a coupling of the activities of a subject-learner and a subject-intervener.

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