Do students need success coaches or therapists?
Reported by Education Dive, in a recent survey of more than 45,000 students from public research universities, 1/3 screened positive for major depressive disorder, and nearly 40% screened positive for generalized anxiety disorder.
In even more troubling news, 60% of students in a separate survey said the pandemic has made it harder to access mental healthcare. And while many of our institution’s success coaches are wonderful guides and motivators throughout a student’s enrollment and academic life, professional therapy requires a very different skillset.
The takeaway? Do colleges need to figure out how to prioritize caring for their students’ mental health, now more than ever? And is there a win-win student success reality in doing so?
May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.
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