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Maximize Your Orientation App Capabilities With These 10 Must-Have Features

Maximize Your Orientation App Capabilities With These 10 Must-Have Features

Ah, orientation, the information-packed first peek at college life for new students. Both nerve-wracking and exciting, orientation sets the tone for a student’s college experience. A survey found that students who rated their orientation experience positively were 17% more likely to continue having a positive college experience. While students with negative orientation experiences were 71% more likely to have poor academic outcomes (such as receiving lower grade point averages). Orientation sets students up for success, both academically and socially. Unfortunately, however, there’s often a disconnect between the information orientation staff sends out and what students actually receive. And the way…
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Stress Less: Step by Step Strategies to Productively Host a University Staff Meeting

Stress Less: Step by Step Strategies to Productively Host a University Staff Meeting

Are you focusing too much on minutiae and housekeeping items? Missing the mark on meaningful engagement? It doesn’t have to be that way! Make your next student affairs staff meeting productive by following these simple steps. 1. Know your audience Have you ever heard the complaint, “That could have been an email?” Well, sometimes it’s true. As you start planning for your meeting, be mindful of who you send an invitation to. Identify who absolutely needs to be there and indicate to everyone else that their presence is appreciated but not necessary. Improve productivity from the start by selecting individuals…
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3 Tips to Level Up Your Higher Ed Networking

3 Tips to Level Up Your Higher Ed Networking

The higher ed networking world has changed substantially in the last decade and especially in the previous year. Networking events and live conferences have been replaced by endless Zoom calls, Slack channels, and likes and shares on social media. While nothing beats face-to-face talks and a solid handshake, virtual networking can connect higher education professionals to more peers across the country and the world — but first, they have to stand out among the millions of others online. Luckily, all it takes to build your professional network in this virtual world are a few tweaks to your profile, some bold…
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5 Ways to Support University Staff and Student Mental Health

5 Ways to Support University Staff and Student Mental Health

In their 2019 study on the health of college students during the previous 12 months, the American College Health Association reported 8.4% of students being diagnosed or treated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In the same study, they found 10% of students were diagnosed or treated for a psychiatric condition. Over the last 20 years, university health staff have seen a dramatic increase in students reporting major depression. The incidence of suicidal thoughts and behavior is also on the rise. Supporting the mental health of university staff and students must be a priority. Explore five things any university can…
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Virtual Conferences Higher Ed Professionals Can’t Miss in 2021

Virtual Conferences Higher Ed Professionals Can’t Miss in 2021

In 2020, the world changed in ways no one in higher education anticipated. On-campus events, including class attendance, came to a halt. University staff, including faculty and advisors, displayed true grit as they worked tirelessly to serve students. It's 2021, and higher education is still feeling the impact of a global health crisis. Most staff and students would agree—we're all figuring out how to live in a new normal. Last year many annual events were canceled, including the array of conferences higher education professionals look forward to attending. Not this year! The conference calendar is complete, and many organizations have…
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Break the Ice: 10 Ice Breaker Ideas For Your New Student Orientation

Break the Ice: 10 Ice Breaker Ideas For Your New Student Orientation

For most students, college orientation is one of their first tastes of life outside of the protective high school bubble. The pressure is on! Not only do students feel a little lost in a sea of faces, but they’re also trying to look like they’re ready to conquer the world. After all, image is vital to survival. As part of the student success team, you can help relieve the pressure. Bring a fun, relaxed vibe to your next new student orientation. Here is how you do it with ice breakers: Reception Line Relay In the spirit of “speed dating,” divide…
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Invest in Yourself: Announcing Warren Buffett

Invest in Yourself: Announcing Warren Buffett

Great things come to those who wait, and now it's finally time to discover the closing guest for the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience on June 16. Raftr is thrilled to announce that Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, will round out a guest list that includes Arianna Huffington, Nadia Rawlinson, Lorna Borenstein and more. In the closing session of the event, Mr. Buffett will be joined by Raftr Founder and CEO Sue Decker for a conversation on financial well-being. About the Event Invest in Yourself will offer a combination of internationally-known speakers, interactive workshops, purposeful breaks, giveaways,…
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Invest in Yourself: Announcing Arianna Huffington

Invest in Yourself: Announcing Arianna Huffington

It is with sheer delight that we announce our opening keynote speaker for the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience for Higher Education. And Higher Ed, it truly is your time to thrive as Thrive Global Founder & CEO Arianna Huffington will open the event on June 16. In our opening session, Arianna will be joined by Raftr Founder & CEO Sue Decker for a chat on personal resiliency and strategies from "Your Time to Thrive," the latest book from Arianna Huffington. To celebrate, we're giving away a FREE copy of 'Your Time to Thrive' to the first 100 registrants for the event. Don't delay, and get…
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Invest in Yourself: Announcing Nadia Rawlinson

Invest in Yourself: Announcing Nadia Rawlinson

We told you there were some incredible announcements coming up, and here's the latest: Nadia Rawlinson, Chief People Officer at Slack, will be a featured speaker at the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience. Join Raftr on June 16 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern for "Work Resiliency: A Chat with Sue Decker and Nadia Rawlinson." Nadia Rawlinson is the Chief People Officer for Slack Technologies. Nadia is responsible for all aspects of Slack’s employee and workplace operations, including global recruiting, people operations, total rewards, diversity, organizational effectiveness, real estate and program management. Nadia has nearly 20 years of exceptional experience across all…
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Invest in Yourself: Announcing Lorna Borenstein

Invest in Yourself: Announcing Lorna Borenstein

Adding to the lineup of the June 16 Invest in Yourself Virtual Conference, we are thrilled to announce the addition of Lorna Borenstein to our incredible group of featured speakers. Lorna is the Founder & CEO of Grokker, and the author of It's Personal: The Business Case for Caring. The challenges of today's new work-from-home environment have transformed the role of employers from mere beneficiaries of workforce health to essential partners in supporting employees' total wellbeing. It's Personal: The Business Case for Caring serves as a strategic and tactical guide for company leaders who want to embrace this transformational change,…
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