Research + News | Topic: Student Development

How Colleges Are Fighting The Freshman 15

For parents worried about their college freshmen struggling academically or partying, add one more concern to the list: their food choices.

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Why College is a Risky Time for Students’ Mental Health

Dana hadn’t had any prior experiences with mental illness when her son Oliver went away to school at Kenyon College, but just three weeks into his freshman year he suffered from a mental break. Read the full article here.

Just 40% of College Graduates Think College Got Them Ready for a Career

In an online survey of 1,360 US college students in March and April of 2016, the education company McGraw-Hill and the analytics firm Hanover Research found that only four out of every 10 seniors graduating in the class of 2016 feel their college experience has helped them get ready for a career, and that figure is slightly lower for students across all years.

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Don’t Send Your Kid To The Ivy League

The nation’s top colleges are turning our kids into zombies. Read the article here.

Maintaining Emotional Health (In College)

Everything changes when you go off to college. This article from Relevant Magazine explores how to handle the transition.

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This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!

The President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University laments the current culture of self-absorbed and narcissistic teens. From his blog post:

“I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience. An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad. It is supposed to make you feel guilty. The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization.”

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Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges

College personnel everywhere are struggling with students’ increased neediness. Read the article here.

Push, Don’t Crush, the Students

An articles from The New York Times takes a look at the balance of pushing students to achieve and pushing them so far that the pressure crushes them.

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Are Colleges Becoming Too Trendy?

Tim Elmore wonders if colleges are sacrificing academic rigor in the name of relevancy. Read his blog post here.

Former Stanford Dean Explains Why Helicopter Parenting Is Ruining A Generation Of Children

From the article:

Julie Lythcott-Haims noticed a disturbing trend during her decade as a dean of freshmen at Stanford University. Incoming students were brilliant and accomplished and virtually flawless, on paper. But with each year, more of them seemed incapable of taking care of themselves.

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