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Bettez, Silvia Cristina – About Campus, 2020
Instructors and professors know from their experiences as learners that engaged, interactive, dialogical learning can enhance understanding and increase joy in the learning process. Yet many were primarily taught through traditional lecture-style techniques and continue that pattern in their own teaching. As a professor who believes learning…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Social Justice, Community, Group Dynamics
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Robinson, Ashley N. – About Campus, 2020
Live-in staff and students have never, even under the most stifling corporatized conditions, "stopped" developing their intimate and personal lives. The act of living, both with oneself and with others, is the primary condition for the exploration of how to live a personal life. However, this article reflects on the many ways that the…
Descriptors: Dormitories, Resident Advisers, College Housing, College Environment
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Smithers, Laura E. – About Campus, 2020
Policy optimization, a variant of The Input-Environment-Output's (I-E-O's) environmental optimization, has found traction on the edges of and outside of the discipline of higher education. It has spawned an entire industry of vendors (e.g., EAB, Starfish, and the myriad vendors specific to functional areas) selling student success solutions, and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Environment, Student College Relationship, Outcomes of Education
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Shaheen, Musbah – About Campus, 2019
This article describes one Syrian student's experience coming to the United States to study at a private research university. Based on his time in the US, Musbah Shaheen asserts that the current practices of working with international students on college campuses contribute to the erosion of international students' cultural belonging. The ability…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Cultural Relevance, Student School Relationship
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Martinez, Nancy – About Campus, 2019
The alarming low completion rates in postsecondary education for Latinx students should be a national concern. Teachers can have a strong and direct impact on the academic success of students. College students spend a large portion of their time interacting with faculty in class or during office hours. To assist Latinx students in getting to the…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Academic Persistence, Sense of Community, College Faculty
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Witenstein, Matthew A.; Jones, Lorraine; Johnson, Heather; Cleveland-Friday, Yolanda – About Campus, 2019
Over the past couple of years, rising anti-immigrant sentiment in the nation has led to a torrent of complex fears, anxiety, and trauma for immigrants and those who support them. This current narrative exemplifies the volatile US immigration history that includes numerous historical markers that have placed restrictions on immigrants. As these new…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Immigrants, College Environment, Two Year College Students
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Francis, Shelly L. – About Campus, 2018
Shelly L. Francis posits that we will need collective courage to truly embrace cultural diversity. So what is courage and can we cultivate it in ourselves and our students? First, we need more people with the skills to foster trust, especially with others who are different. Perhaps not surprisingly, these people will also need a strong sense of…
Descriptors: College Students, College Environment, Campuses, Psychological Patterns
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Samura, Michelle – About Campus, 2018
Every institution is different, so educators should explore the concept of spatial cues at their institutions. Without serious consideration of space, many students' needs (and desires) will remain unknown and unaddressed. More than any time before, campuses must develop strategies to better understand students' diverse experiences and…
Descriptors: College Environment, Space Utilization, Cues, Student Needs