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Ellie, a four-year-old labradoodle, enjoys many pats from students as part of the Building Academic Retention through K9s program (B.A.R.K.) at the University of British Columbia. (Freya L. L. Green)

Dog therapy: What I’ve learned overseeing 60 canine campus teams

When students are given the option to stay with a dog until they feel their stress is sufficiently reduced, they visit on average 35 minutes.
Recent research shows that many students who are using cannabis for medicinal reasons are also replacing their prescription medications with it. (Shutterstock)

The truth about cannabis on Canadian campuses

Cannabis may not be legal yet in Canada, but university students are already big consumers and increasingly willing to talk about it.
Universities under serious financial and enrolment pressure that cannot negotiate the time to build their way out of their difficulties may have to resort to being ‘merged’ or taken over. Shutterstock

Australia doesn’t have too many universities. Here’s why

Despite serious financial and enrolment pressure for some, our universities are unlikely to close their doors – but some may have to resort to being 'merged' or taken over by a stronger partner.
Why does hazing happen? Roberto Herrera via Wikimedia Commons

Why hazing continues to be a rite of passage for some

Another student has died due to hazing. Research shows that there has been at least one such death in the US since 1954 (with 1958 the only exception). So why does hazing happen in the first place?
Gumtree Brutalism: the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (1968), designed by Queensland architect James Birrell, on the James Cook University campus.

Brutalism, a campus love story – or how I learned to love concrete

Academics are often in the vanguard of the fight to preserve heritage buildings but they are losing the battle on home turf as universities shed their 1960s and 1970s concrete skins.
Getting oriented at Elon University Elon University

Making college matter

Two simple yet powerful things students can do to ensure that they have a transformative undergraduate experience, no matter where they go to college.
2015 showed how much race still matters in education. Illinois Springfield

2015, the year that was: education

The year 2015 escalated many of the tensions that have existed on university and college campuses for a long time. It will be remembered as the year of student activism.
It’s a marital scene…. Optimal College Town Assessment

Town and gown relationships are like a marriage

As a family and marriage researcher, I have conducted a lot of research into what makes relationships work. I tend to think about relationships in terms of couples. When I was appointed the senior administrator…
If this isn’t acceptable, why would gender segregation on campus be?

Segregation on campus is never OK, whoever makes the rules

I don’t like to take off my shoes in the house. Where I grew up, this was considered “uncultured”. These days, with clean, fragrant carpeting and super-polished hard wood floors, or for reasons of culture…
50 wpm, punctual, fast learner. Especially after a few Jager Bombs. upsuportsmouth

Your future boss knows what you did this summer: it’s online

Just over a fortnight ago, LinkedIn announced it is to make its professional network available to UK-based students aged 13 years and older; primarily as a way of enabling young people to leverage the…
Universities campuses need to adapt to the new reality of mobile students and online education. Flickr/Jill

The university campus of the future: what will it look like?

FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: We continue our series on the rise of online and blended learning and how free online courses are set to transform the higher education sector. Today Victoria University’s David…
Large lecture theatres are going to disappear say Australian vice-chancellors. Ian Barbour

Lecture theatres to go the way of the dodo

Large lecture theatres are disappearing and will soon be gone from university campuses say Australian vice-chancellors. The…

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