NCC Online: Mental Health & Diminishing Resources
This installment of NCC Online focuses on the current state of mental health services at community colleges and explores strategies for supporting students with student affairs and health education practitioners. As open access institutions, community colleges must be able to serve a wide range of students and provide support for their success, both academically and personally. Join us as we discuss strategies to do so, even amid budget cuts and uncertain funding.
What is Public Deliberation? An Introduction
For those unfamiliar with public deliberation, the deliberative process brings people together to sort through three or four different research-based perspectives on a given social issue. The goal is not to come to consensus, but rather to understand each perspective and its underlying values, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each. This structured process ensures that we hear and understand multiple perspectives and that we recognize the need to balance our individual interests with those of the community. It is a process undergirded with the recognition that there are often competing positive values that require us to make tough choices between multiple legitimate options, and that even our preferred options come with trade-offs and consequences that need to be considered.
Engaging Non Traditional Aged Students in the Political Process
Our society’s view of college students is of someone who is eighteen to twenty-two years old but, while the majority of college students still fit within the “traditional” definition of a college student, the population of older students continues to increase. Not only does this mean we may encounter more students who are returning to school after working full time or who may have family commitments, but it means we likely will encounter more students who think they have fully developed worldviews and opinions.
One of the students that I mentor graduated this past May and entered a graduate program this fall. We had a brief conversation about transitioning from an undergraduate student to a graduate student and embarking on the journey to become a student affairs professional. During our conversation, she mentioned her uncertainty, or fear I should say, of feeling like everyone would think she was a fake and not having any knowledge of what she would be doing.
Quitting While You’re Ahead
I quit without any job interviews pending. I quit without any offers lined up. I quit without any plan A, B, or C. It was not meant to be a bold maneuver but merely served as a last ditch effort to reclaim what was left of my self-confidence.
The Perfect Fit – How did I get here?
Six months ago, I started a new adventure into full-time business ownership. The first two, I spent thoughtfully contemplating who I am, who I am not and what I want for this next stage in my career. For as confident as I was about the decision to leave my full-time position in higher education and career development, I was afraid of the change that needed to be made. So how did I get here?