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10 Podcasts to Help Higher Ed Professionals Stay Up-To-Date

10 Podcasts to Help Higher Ed Professionals Stay Up-To-Date

While we hope everyone in Student Affairs and Higher Ed is getting some well-deserved rest and relaxation this summer you might also be looking for ways to stay informed on trends, tips, and advice, as well as stay connected to your Higher Ed community.  With a little help from our Higher Ed Co-op, we’ve compiled a list of Higher Ed related podcasts that you can stream at your leisure to help get back into the work mindset and prepare for the new school year: SA: Voices from the Field As a Student Affairs professional, your experience significantly differs from your fellow…
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Raftr Support: July 27 Update

Raftr Support: July 27 Update

Android: Replaced Topic icons with emoji Improved navigation on Rafts Some improvements and fixes like including a button to return to most recent messages any time you scroll further back in chat history updating placeholder text in Search bars updating font - as part of cross-platform update to use the same font on all platforms updating notifications to Raft and Channel admin about join requests and member suggestions to now open the requests screen directly iOS: Introduced new Home page All page with a list of all member Rafts and non-default Channels with previews of recent activity, and which is…
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Wellness Break Checklist: 10 Wellness Break Ideas for Higher Ed Professionals

Wellness Break Checklist: 10 Wellness Break Ideas for Higher Ed Professionals

Throughout the pandemic it’s been even more difficult for higher education professionals to distinguish work hours from personal time. While technology has equipped us with the convenience to work digitally from home, it’s also blurred the lines of when to reply to that latest email from your director or respond to that request from your colleague’s recent Slack notification. Think about it, when it’s your lunch break at home and you hear your phone or laptop get a work notification, how often do you opt to check it right away versus waiting until your lunch break is over? We’re all…
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8 Strategies to Prioritize Student Well-Being Through Your Campus Portal

8 Strategies to Prioritize Student Well-Being Through Your Campus Portal

The pandemic has been hard on everyone, especially students. Not only were schools concerned about student safety on campus, but another major concern at the forefront was also around the mental health and well-being of students. With most students going fully or hybrid remote learning this past year, this approach isolated students away from their typical social interactions with their classmates, faculty, and campus. In a recent report, 58% of students reported feeling signs of distress more than usual. From feeling unhappy, depressed, or losing sleep over worrying, students are experiencing many more challenges when it comes to maintaining their well-being. In…
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5 Tips When Planning the Sophomore Student Life Experience Post-Pandemic

5 Tips When Planning the Sophomore Student Life Experience Post-Pandemic

In a typical school year, college sophomores have developed one year of valuable campus insight. By now, they already know their way around the campus, have attended multiple school-wide events, met some of their favorite teachers and their advisor during office hours, have spent ample time with classmates outside of school, and have developed some unforgettable memories. But, this year’s sophomores have had to deal with the most extraordinary transitions. Most of their long-awaited senior year of high school was spent online away from friends and graduation was a virtual experience or social distance ceremony. Then, in the fall, they…
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Raftr Support: July 6 Update

Raftr Support: July 6 Update

Web: Introduced Home page with "Don't Miss It" section with content from member Rafts Posts and Events feeds for member Rafts Updated (bottom of screen) contextual create prompts for each feed Updated app-level feeds Events feed is now all (member and non-member) Rafts Former Posts feed is now a News feed with only AGC Posts from all (member and non-member) Rafts Introduced views counts on Posts (these track every time a Post is loaded on a screen - which means the user may not have actually scrolled past and seen it, and it also means it tracks "total" views not…
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Raftr Support: June 18 Update

Raftr Support: June 18 Update

All Platforms: Raft Management Updates for Basic and Premium rafts: See Pro site page for Basic vs. Premium Raft features Android: Updated comments (and their replies) on Posts to support media Updated UI for Rafts: Updated app and Raft headers on Raft pages Removed Members section from Home page, and added to Info page and a new Members page Removed Messages and Channels sections from Home page Updated UI for Settings menu and Info page Merged settings and membership for Everyone Channels and their Rafts Rafts now have a "Chat" tab to open the default/ Everyone Channel Premium Rafts with…
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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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