#NACACreads: Discuss Student Mental Health on Tuesday

How much pressure is too much for college-bound students?

Join us Tuesday for a #NACACreads discussion of At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools.

The hour-long Twitter chat, featuring author David L. Gleason, will kick off at 9 p.m. ET.

“Pressure to succeed, in and of itself, is not necessarily unhealthy,” Gleason notes in his book. “However, too much pressure — for anyone — but especially for still-developing children and adolescents — can be dangerous.”

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IIE Creates Emergency Fund for Caribbean Students Affected by Recent Hurricanes

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US colleges and universities have a new avenue to help Caribbean students facing major financial difficulty due to the recent devastating hurricanes.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) has organized an emergency support program. US campuses may nominate up to five enrolled degree-seeking students who are citizens of Caribbean nations.

Applications must be submitted to IIE by an international adviser or similar university official by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 30. Students may not apply directly.

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Tell Us: Is Your Institution Supporting Students Affected by Natural Disasters?

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Is your college or university offering flexibility to students impacted by recent natural disasters? Let us know!

NACAC is creating a digital resource to assist counselors working with US students affected by hurricanes and wildfires, as well as international students impacted by earthquakes and floods. Colleges and universities are asked to add their information to the database by completing a short survey.

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Help Your Students Prepare for National College Fairs

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Editor’s note: A version of this post originally appeared on Admitted in April 2015. It’s being republished as part of NACAC’s Best of the Blog series.

All hail the humble highlighter.

Neon markers are a vital part of Dana Lambert’s efforts to help students make the most of their National College Fair experience.

“I make them come in with a plan,” said Lambert, a counselor at West Milford Township High School in New Jersey. “Once the list of fair exhibitors comes out, we have them sit down and highlight the schools and the tables that they want to stop at.”

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Engagement Key to Retaining Non-Traditional College Students

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Determining which returning adult students are at risk of dropping out of college is a complex process, according to results from a recent national survey.

Common data points — such as demographics, choice of major, and hours devoted to studying — can’t reliably predict whether a nontraditional student will struggle to complete their degree.

As it turns out, the most dependable factor for identifying at-risk non-traditional students is the extent to which they make effective connections to their college, a factor that can be difficult to measure. After all, the very students who are most in danger of dropping out often have limited contact with professors, peers, and college staff, according to a recent report from Barnes & Noble College Insights — a division of the bookseller that produces quantitative and qualitative research related to higher education.

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New Advocacy Resources Available to Support Undocumented Students

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Campus leaders who want to support undocumented students have a new place to turn for information.

Earlier this month, the Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition, of which NACAC is a member, created a new website highlighting facts about undocumented students and providing advocacy resources.

The coalition is encouraging colleges and universities to recognize Oct. 16-20 as Protect Dreamers Week. New resources created to help educators and others advocate on behalf of DREAMers include a fact sheet and talking points.

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What Would You Do for Student Loan Forgiveness? New Poll Shows Debt Worries Loom Large for Millennials

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Nearly half of all respondents in a recent poll said they would give up voting in the next two presidential elections if their student loans would be forgiven.

And while surrendering a fundamental right might seem crazy, the latest numbers on student loan debt are equally staggering.

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Celebrate National Transfer Student Week

Who are America’s transfer students and how does your institution play a role in their journey to a degree?

Share success stories during the inaugural National Transfer Student Week, which runs through Friday.

The celebration is organized by the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, with support from the New England Transfer Association and the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association.

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