Student life

Reorienting Themselves

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Some community colleges move substantial portions of new student orientations online to maximize efficiency; others push face-to-face programs to make process more personal. Is there a happy medium?

Where Phones in Class Are OK

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New courses about iPhone-application development teach students how to program and design -- and, if they're lucky, make money.

Colleges Review 'Community'

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Some loved it. Some hated it. But everyone is a critic.

Match at First Site

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More colleges let students search for their ideal roommate using online services -- and several companies aim to attract business in that market.

H1N1 Creeps Onto Campuses

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With fall classes beginning at many institutions, administrators are getting a chance to test out the "swine flu" prevention and containment plans they've been formulating since the virus first appeared last spring.

Early Pomp and Circumstance

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Saying tradition matters, a growing number of institutions are introducing convocation ceremonies, or dusting off existing ones, as part of strategies to improve retention.

Making a Pact

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Mercy College of New York begins a program to give each undergraduate a single mentor to provide personal attention from admission all the way through graduation.

Impact on the Healthy

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As H1N1 spreads, it leaves uninfected students unsure about whether to go to crowded frat parties or to fill a football stadium on game day.

The Civic Engagement Gap

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Students and faculty members both think colleges have a key role to play, but don't necessarily think that role is being fulfilled.

Curbing College Gambling

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New report proposes policies to curb and treat students' underage and excessive gaming.

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