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Researchers have defined successful transition as the capacity to navigate change. (Shutterstock)

Grade 12 university-bound grads: Orientation will help you in one of the biggest transitions of your lives

The pandemic has made universities rethink the importance of helping students build social and mentoring connections to support student engagement and academic success.
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.
For some medical students, learning on simulated patients isn’t enough. from www.shutterstock.com

Is it OK for medical students to practise on themselves?

Medical students are practising invasive techniques on themselves and fellow students, a new study shows. But aside from obvious safety concerns, is there anything wrong with self-practice?
Members of the South Sudanese community in the ACT reported facing racism in the job seeking process. Author provided

A degree doesn’t count for South Sudanese job seekers

South Sudanese living in the ACT are facing racism when job seeking and can’t get employment in roles for which they have professional qualifications.
Paper or tablet? Megan Trace

Do students lose depth in digital reading?

With the surge in e-books and digital devices, one concern has been whether students are learning as much. Research shows that some crucial elements of learning are indeed being lost.
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…

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