The pandemic has impacted exercise, diet and sleep habits of students, who are also experiencing the physical effects of increased screen time. As the pandemic eases, colleges and universities can support students as they return more fully to campuses and hope to get back into healthier routines.
Students who have fallen into unhealthy lifestyle routines this past year need support in getting back on track. How can colleges help?
Standout Stat: Only 27% of students have experienced no physical symptoms caused by increased screen time during the pandemic.
Racial Justice and Equality
In the past year, people on campuses and off have engaged in discussions and activism related to racial justice and equality with renewed intensity. What are students thinking about the racial climate and actions (or inactions) they see?
The latest Student Voice survey shows what college students think about their institutions’ actions in the aftermath and year since George Floyd was killed last May -- and what campus leaders can do now to take bolder steps toward racial justice and equality.
Standout Stat: Only 6% of survey respondents agree strongly that the BLM movement has resulted in their institutions being a better place.
While students are still reporting COVID-19 mental health challenges, they are generally not taking advantage of counseling center services. As the following 12 ideas show, even centers strapped for resources can strive for better supports, both now and post-pandemic.
Standout Stat: 47% of students say they could have used some or a lot more support from their college during the past year.
Student Joseph Maronski reflects on mental health and what higher ed leaders and staff have done this past year to support their campus communities.
Learning From COVID
Students have gotten experience living and learning during the pandemic. One year into this era, it’s clear that higher ed institutions should not be returning to the old normal, but rather learning from this time and evolving.
Enhancing student experience during a pandemic, as seen through the eyes of Tom Ellett, the new chief experience officer at Quinnipiac University.
Student Influence on Campus
Do students feel “heard” by professors in the classroom and by administrators at their college or university? The survey explores the issues students most want a voice in and offers insights into how campus officials might listen and respond better.
When students have problems or concerns, they are likelier to seek out professors than administrators and to feel faculty members listen more to their perspectives, Inside Higher Ed’s initial Student Voice survey finds.
Standout Stat: 50% of students are just slightly or not at all confident that if they had to raise an issue on campus, they would know which department could address it.