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A lone cyclist rides past the University of Toronto campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

For university students, COVID-19 stress creates perfect conditions for mental health crises

University students had high rates of mental health issues before the pandemic. The additional stressors of COVID-19 and social isolation will make them even more vulnerable over the winter.
Many factors contributed to students’ need for personalized accommodation and support to achieve academically during rapid transitions online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shutterstock

Online learning during COVID-19: 8 ways universities can improve equity and access

A study documents how universities' centres for teaching and learning are responding to helping faculty create quality online courses for all students.
Distinguishing a unique sense of place within a common virtual space of online learning will require significant investment. (Shutterstock)

6 ways universities are being put to the test by coronavirus

In a world where students can attend any university from their living rooms, universities need a compelling answer to the question: “Why should students come here?”
The key to long-term retention of information is to practise retrieving that information. (Shutterstock)

3 ways to study better, according to cognitive research

Put down the highlighter. Research about the brain and memory shows that leaving time between study sessions and testing yourself frequently are more efficient ways to learn.
A man on a skateboard and a young woman pass large letters spelling out UBC at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., November 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Drop tuition fees: University students face a precarious future amid COVID-19

Canada should invest robustly in students' post-secondary education. Data about effects of the pandemic and how students balance classes and work show why we urgently need this investment.
A person bicycles past the University of Toronto campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto in June 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

COVID-19: Don’t make university students choose between education and legal rights

Students won’t be allowed to participate in activities at St. Francis Xavier University this fall unless they sign a COVID-19 waiver. That's forcing them to make a difficult and unfair choice.
Graduates during a drive-through graduation for Faith Lutheran High School at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, May 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

How to help high school seniors cope with milestones missed due to coronavirus

High school seniors will miss important anticipated events due to the coronavirus pandemic, but offering resources, alternatives and the confidence that they're going to be fine is what matters.
Finances, academic performance and a sense of belonging may all be factors in whether or students finish their post-secondary studies. (Shutterstock)

What universities can do to keep students from dropping out

Tailored strategies to address students' finances, academic success and socio-emotional connections with an institution or program can help keep students in school.
When a student dies by suicide, university communities grapple with the fact that an opportunity for a suffering person to receive help was missed. (Pexels)

Compassionate ‘zero-suicide’ prevention on campuses urgently needed

As universities advocate for 'zero suicide' frameworks, it is important for university leaders to work at suicide awareness, prevention and response, and to reinforce a culture of compassion.
Work-integrated learning experiences provide people with hands-on opportunities to apply concepts learned in the classroom in the real world. Bruce Mars/Unsplash

How to benefit from internships, service learning, apprenticeships and co-op work

For post-secondary students, work-integrated learning experiences offer opportunities to gain that first experience on the resumé while planning a transition from school to work.
William “Rick” Singer, front, is alleged to have helped some families secure fake learning disability diagnoses. Here he exits U.S. federal court in Boston after he pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

U.S. college admissions scandal means more skepticism of genuine invisible disabilities

Abuses of disability diagnoses cheat students with disabilities who are now more likely to face skepticism about their diagnoses.
Social and cognitive skills such as drawing conclusions about emotional states and social interactions are least vulnerable to being displaced by AI. (Shutterstock)

How to prepare students for the rise of artificial intelligence in the workforce

A shift to outcomes-based education will enable students to gain critical automation-resistant competencies to succeed and thrive in the future workforce alongside AI.
Doug Ford speaks during a campaign stop in Niagara Falls, Ont., in May 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tara Walton

What Doug Ford could learn from Wisconsin about higher education

Citizens of Wisconsin were widely opposed to former governor Scott Walker's attempts to make higher education serve the business community. Doug Ford and Ontario citizens should take note.
Skills of well-being have been forgotten partly due to a combination of educational reforms and societal pressures. Unsplash/Oscar Chevillard

Unrealistic striving for academic excellence has a cost

A specialist in educational psychology says there are incremental risks associated with students developing an obsessive behaviour toward performance.

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