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May 28, 2020
Dear Youth Minister Of A COVID-19 Senior
Chelsea Kingston Erickson blogs about our graduating seniors for the Rooted Ministry blog. Read her helpful post to youth workers here.
May 27, 2020
How To Help A Student Who Just Lost Their Senior Year
Tim Elmore blogs from the Growing Leaders website about helping those graduating in this pandemic. Read the post here.
Apr 27, 2020
Will Students Show Up For College In Fall 2020? Community Colleges Offer A Hint. It Isn’t Pretty
Ask a community college president about what school will look like in the fall and be prepared for an eye roll, lots of shrugging and even a baffled look or two. Read the article here.
Apr 27, 2020
Reinventing Graduation: 3 Ways To Honor Milestones In The Midst Of Pandemic
This year, seniors wait in anticipation not of walking across the platform in cap and gown, but of news about what, if any, replacements will be arranged for this important rite of passage. Read the blog post from Fuller Youth Institute here.
Apr 22, 2020
The Big Question For Colleges: Will There Be A Fall Semester On Campus?
Schools map out scenarios, but their final decisions depend on the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the article here.
Apr 20, 2020
With Senior Year Is Disarray, Teens And Young Adults Feel Lost. Here’s How To Help
For many young people sheltering at home means missing milestones and public recognition of their achievements. This is especially true for seniors graduating from high school and college. Read the article here.
Apr 17, 2020
The Pressures Of A 2020 College Graduate
You had it all planned out. Then, this virus came along and changed everything. Read the article here.
Apr 10, 2020
College Students Feeling The Strain Of Social Distancing
The lives of college students have been turned upside down due to the coronavirus pandemic, so an expert offers some advice to help them cope with the situation. Read the article here.
Apr 8, 2020
‘I’m In High School Again’: Virus Sends College Students Home To Parents, And Their Rules
Their college campuses closed, crestfallen students have journeyed back to their childhood bedrooms — and to chores, revived sibling rivalries and curfews. Read the article here.
Apr 7, 2020
A Pandemic Is A Terrible Thing To Waste
Neuroscientists tell us that it’s during times of boredom our brains develop empathy and creativity. Read the Growing Leaders blog post from Tim Elmore urging us to take advantage of the time we have during this pandemic.
Mar 23, 2020
US Colleges Scrambled To React To The Coronavirus Pandemic. Now Their Very Existence Is In Jeopardy
In the span of roughly two weeks, the American higher education system has transformed. Its future is increasingly uncertain. Read the article here.
Mar 16, 2020
College Students Can Eliminate Stress By Spending Just 10 Minutes Outdoors
Recent research shows that spending as little as 10 minutes in a natural setting can help relieve students of their college stress. Read the article here.
Feb 28, 2020
Many Children, Teens Suffer From ‘Test Stress,’ Psychologists Say
It’s that time of year when students of all ages face finals, standardized testing and college entrance exams. Read the article here.
Feb 3, 2020
High School GPAs Are Stronger Predictors Of College Graduation Than ACT Scores
Students’ high school grade point averages are five times stronger than their ACT scores at predicting college graduation. Read the article here.
Jan 27, 2020
The Grim Reality Of Millennials Who Rely On Their Parents For Money
Despite a decade-long expansion and record-low unemployment, studies suggest that between 60% and 70% of 18- to 34-year-olds rely on their parents for financial assistance. Read the article here.
Jan 27, 2020
College Students Picking Pot Over Drinking In States Where It’s Legal
In states where pot is legal, college kids use it more, but binge-drink less. Read the article here.
Jan 24, 2020
Too Many Teens Aspire To Be Teachers And Lawyers
Doctors, teachers, lawyers and architects continue to dominate among the top career goals for the majority of high school students. Read the article here.
Jan 7, 2020
I Killed My Teenager’s Fancy College Dreams. You Should, Too.
Forty-five million Americans owe a collective $1.6 trillion in student debt. One columnist describes why her daughter won’t be one of them. Read the article here.
Jan 6, 2020
Teenagers Don’t Use E-mail – Colleges Do. That’s A Problem During College Admissions Season
Email is not the default for most teenagers, but it remains the primary avenue for colleges to communicate with prospective and current students. Read the article here.
Jan 3, 2020
Concussions Strike College Students Far More Often Than Thought
On college campuses in the United States, students suffer concussions twice as often as believed, and most of those injuries occur off the playing field. Read the full article here.
Jan 2, 2020
Help Teens Plan For Life After High School
New Year’s resolutions aren’t only for adults. You can help your teen organize life after high school by getting them to plan now. Watch the video here.
Dec 19, 2019
More Testing Means More Stress For Teens – And There’s No Solution In Sight
tudents today face mounting pressure not just to get into college, but to figure out how to pay for an increasingly unaffordable education by working or by setting themselves so far apart from their peers that they’re awarded scholarships. Read the article here.
Dec 17, 2019
Final Exams, College Essays, Family Pressures: Here Are 6 Ways To Help Your Teen Manage Stress
You may not be capable of making your teen’s stress magically vanish, but there are things you can do to make it more manageable. Read the article here
Dec 16, 2019
Helicopter Parenting Impact Can Last As Long As College Years
A new Florida State University (FSU) study finds helicopter parenting continues well into young adulthood and can have devastating impacts on college students. Read the article here.
Dec 11, 2019
Why Colleges Should Not Drift From Their Original Mission
Tim Elmore blogs on an evolution taking place on college campuses. Read his post here.
Dec 9, 2019
College Major Regrets… And What To Consider Instead
The most-regretted college majors, according to ZipRecruiter’s College Grads Survey. Read the article here.
Dec 9, 2019
How To Get Teens To Fly The Nest And Prepare Them For The Real World
Record numbers of young adults in their twenties and thirties are still living at home, official figures reveal. Read the article here.
Nov 18, 2019
College Students Say Ditching Their Smartphones For A Week Changed Their Lives
College students went one week without their smartphones. Read the article here.
Oct 21, 2019
What I Did Right – And Wrong – In My Son’s First Month At College
Kara Powell shares some of her parenting errors to help parents avoid 3 mistakes she made during her son’s first month in college. Read her blog post here.
Oct 21, 2019
Tips To Sleep In College Dorms
The statistics about college students’ sleep are grim. Read some help tips here.
Oct 9, 2019
Should high school students be competing for the highest grades? Read the article here.
Oct 7, 2019
College Quest: Teens Go To Great Lengths To Find Perfect School
For most kids, parents may offer a helping hand and some guidance in the process. But in the end, the pressure, the work and the final decisions belong to the teenager. Read the article here.
Oct 4, 2019
Better Sleep Habits Lead To Better College Grades
Data on MIT students underscore the importance of getting enough sleep; bedtime also matters. Read the article here.
Sep 30, 2019
8 Questions To Ask Your High School Senior This Fall
This might be the first time you’ve raised these conversation topics with your child or stepchild, and that’s okay. The last year of high school is a natural opportunity to restart and revise your communication rhythms. Read the blog post from Fuller Youth Institute here.
Sep 24, 2019
The One Question You Never Want To Hear From Students
Tim Elmore blogs about teh college admissions scandal and questions we get from our kids. Read the blog post here.
Sep 23, 2019
Young Life Voted Off Campus At Duke
While the college ministry continues to operate without recognition, another university officially objects to its sexuality policy. Read the article here.
Sep 19, 2019
Helping Teens Deal With College Stress
High school is stressful, but when you add in the pressure to get into college then the stress can skyrocket. Read the article here.
Sep 16, 2019
Tell Me More: 8 Conversations To Start (And Continue) With Your College Freshman
Fuller Youth Institute overs some helpful conversations to have with those who have just begun college. Read the article here.
Sep 16, 2019
Survey Results: Today’s Students Are Skipping College
Tim Elmore takes a look at some of the generational differences between Millennials and Gen Z and their views on higher education. Read the post here.
Sep 12, 2019
Three Ways To Help Students Choose The Right Major
Narrowing down a college major is challenging because of several 21st century factors. Read Tim Elmore’s blog post about this here.
Sep 6, 2019
Lose Your Faith At An Evangelical College? That’s Part Of The Process
Research shows that students at CCCU schools are more likely to face a religious crisis than their secular counterparts. Read the article here.
Sep 5, 2019
Mental Health Concerns On The Rise For College Students
Serious mental health concerns – like suicidal thinking, severe depression, and self-harm behaviours – more than doubled among college students between 2007-2018. Read the article here.
Aug 2, 2019
Multiculturalism has the characteristics of a primitive religion, albeit a confused one. Read the article here.
Aug 2, 2019
Stressed Teens Fret Over How Much To Relax During The Summer
For many teenagers, summer break has become a multiple-choice pressure cooker, when they must decide whether to: (a) rest and recharge, (b) work and make money, or (c) rack up activities that stand out on college applications. Read the article here.
Jul 31, 2019
College Financial-Aid Loophole: Wealthy Parents Transfer Guardianship Of Their Teens To Get Aid
Education Department, universities are investigating the practice, which has been used in the Chicago area. Read the article here.
Jul 30, 2019
Failure To Launch: Parents Are Barriers To Teen Independence
While most parents say they are doing enough to prepare their teen for adulthood, they gave low rankings of their teen’s ability to handle basic tasks. Read the article here.
Jul 23, 2019
What Should I Do After High School?
Greg Forster answers the following questions:
What would you say to someone who doesn’t have a clear idea of their vocation after graduating high school? Go on to college and pick a generic degree? Trade school? Gap year? Something else?
Read the article here.
Jul 23, 2019
The Demon In Middlebury
What happens when liberal democracy increasingly resembles communism, especially in higher education. Read the article here.
Jul 23, 2019
‘Failure To Launch’: Poll Finds Many Older Teens Still Too Reliant On Parents
Most parents think they are doing enough to prepare their teens for adulthood, but they’re wincing a bit as the time comes for their young to leave the nest. Read the article here.
Jul 15, 2019
America’s Youth Think They Can Save The World And Get Rich
From tech to finance and the arts, college students and recent graduates believe they can have it all. Read the article here.
Jul 15, 2019
Looks Like Guys Are More Prone To Pack On The ‘Freshman 15’
A study revealed that freshman boys saw bigger increases in terms of waist size and overall fat mass than girls. Read the article here.
Jul 8, 2019
All School And No Work Becoming The Norm For American Teens
From the article:
“Many factors are at play in the decline of teen labor force participation, including increased school enrollment, seasonal employment, decreased returns to work, reduced demand for low-wage work, minimum wage hikes, and competition from older workers or immigrants. Time pressure is another driver of reduced teen participation. Teens have many demands on their time and those demands fundamentally differ between the academic year and summer.”
Read the article here.
Jun 28, 2019
Five College Admissions Myths
College admissions can stress out even the most cool, calm and collected of students (and parents). Read the article here.
Jun 17, 2019
Making The Most Of College: Business, Balance, And Learning To Live
Have you decided on the limits of your career? Read the article here.
Jun 13, 2019
Why ‘Follow Your Passions’ Is Bad Advice For Graduates
Four countercultural insights for outgoing students. Read the article here.
May 28, 2019
The Unintended Consequences Of Academic Pressure
Where did academic pressure come from? Read the blog post from Tim Elmore here.
May 17, 2019
SAT To Score Students’ ‘Disadvantages’ To Try To Even The Playing Field
The College Board has been testing a tool that could give the millions of students who take the SATs every year a score measuring their economic hardships and other disadvantages. Read the article here.
May 15, 2019
A New Normal: Kingdom Collaboration On Our Campuses Like Never Before
The EveryCampus coalition indicates we may be nearing a revival. Read the article here.
May 15, 2019
Millennials Bring Ambition And Optimism To Their Work
It’s graduation season again, and as more members of Gen Z transition out of high school and into their college years, they’ll do so with high expectations for their future careers. Read the article here.
May 13, 2019
7 Underrated But Essential Life Skills To Teach Teens Before They Go To College
Schools will teach your teen about important subjects such as math and science, but there’s another school parents and teachers may forget in their quest to encourage exam success: the school of life. Read the article here.
May 13, 2019
As College Debt Rises, So Does Interest In Teaching Financial Literacy
After languishing for a few years, support for teaching money-management skills to high school students has reignited, financial literacy advocates say. They attribute much of the newfound interest to worries about mushrooming student debt. Read the article here.
May 10, 2019
Teens Ponder How To Pay For College, But Not Much
When it comes to paying for college, most teens like the idea of not taking on debt, according to a new survey by Junior Achievement. Overall, however, teens haven’t given much thought on how to fund their educations. Read the article here.
May 10, 2019
What We Can Learn About Leading Students From Instagram
How should some recent experiments and changes on Instagram inform our leadership? Read the blog post from Tim Elmore here.
May 8, 2019
Some College Students Fall Into Vicious Cycle Of Drug Use, Stress, Poor Academics
The adoption of one harmful behavior, such as heavy alcohol use, can lead college students into a vicious cycle of poor lifestyle choices, lack of sleep, mental distress and poor grades, according to a new study by researchers at Binghamton, State University of New York. Read the article here.
May 8, 2019
Should You Follow Your Heart?
“Follow your heart” is a phrase that we hear in our culture often. But is that a good idea? Watch a video addressing this issue from Impact 360 Institute here.
May 8, 2019
Perceptions & Realities of Paying For College
Ascent Funding’s 2019 national study of students and parents explores their perceptions before starting college and the impact of reality once the college experience begins. Read the report here.
May 8, 2019
14 Skills Your Kids Should Have Before Moving Out
Tim Elmore discusses some skills that you should work to develop in your teens before they move out of the house. Read his blog here.
May 1, 2019
The First Things podcast features a conversation with Mark Bauerlein and Charlie Copeland to discuss the decline of free speech on the college campus. Listen to the podcast here.
May 1, 2019
Who Are These Emerging Adults?
Each generation produces a cultural shift, some more impactful than others, but this generation of young adults has undeniably brought on such a significant shift in the cultural mindset that it’s challenging for those of us in previous generations to understand. Read the rest of this blog post from Jim Burns of HomeWord by clicking here.
Apr 22, 2019
The Augsburg Concession
Augsburg College—now Augsburg University—has gone from “awakened” to “woke.” It has arguably conceded more to the secular progressive agenda than any Lutheran college or university in America. Read the full article here.
Apr 9, 2019
Stop Asking Kids What They Want To Be When They Grow Up
The question forces children to define themselves in terms of work. Read the article here.
Apr 9, 2019
Helping Students Beat Test Anxiety
Fear of failure can prevent students from showing what they know on big tests—but a 10-minute writing exercise can help. Read the article here.
Apr 2, 2019
What Do Young Americans Really Think About Trade School?
There has been a gradual decline over the past few years in students enrolling in occupational education programs, trade schools, and apprenticeships. Read the article here.
Mar 28, 2019
What If Instead Of Taking The SAT You Got To Play A Video Game?
L.A.-based startup Imbellus plans to upset the SAT and ACT’s monopoly with a test it says accurately gauges critical thinking. Read the article here.
Mar 26, 2019
Christian U Flip-Flops On Gay Relationships
Azusa Pacific University, an evangelical Christian institution that last fall notably removed its ban on same-sex relationships only to reverse course a few weeks later, has once again flip-flopped to allow gay relationships on the California campus. Read the article here.
Mar 26, 2019
Higher Income May Prove Elusive For Many College Grads
Many college graduates with a four-year degree find themselves struggling to earn enough money to achieve their version of the American dream. Read the article here.
Mar 14, 2019
U.S. College Admissions Scandal: How Did The Scheme Work And Who Was Charged?
Wealthy parents were part of the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice, prosecutors say, accused of conspiring to get their kids into elite colleges through bribery and cheating. Read the article here.
Mar 13, 2019
Is Higher Ed Ready For The Tech Expectations Of The Teens Of 2022?
What will these teens expect of tech based on their current experiences? Read the article here.
Mar 7, 2019
The Stigma Of Choosing Trade School Over College
When college is held up as the one true path to success, parents—especially highly educated ones—might worry when their children opt for vocational school instead. Read the article here.
Feb 22, 2019
Recovering From The Disconnect With Your Teens
We need to talk seriously about the disconnect between parents and teenagers before kids hit college campuses. Read the article here.
Feb 20, 2019
Why Generation Z Is Passing On College
Tim Elmore says that students “feel less dependent on adults to get them ready for the career they’ll choose to enter.” Read his entire blog post here.
Feb 8, 2019
Most Teenagers Drop Out Of Church As Young Adults
Church pews may be full of teenagers, but a new study says college students might be a much rarer sight on Sunday mornings. Read the article here.
Feb 4, 2019
Attention, College Shoppers. These Schools Are Slashing Their Prices.
As soaring tuition scares off many families, a growing number of private colleges have embraced a marketing tactic associated more with selling airline tickets or flat-screen televisions than higher education: a price cut. Read the article here.
Jan 29, 2019
The Top Reasons Young People Drop Out Of Church
Even with 1 in 4 leaving over politics, college kids are more likely to return after a hiatus than leave for good. Read the article here.
Jan 24, 2019
Penn State Updates Course On Drinking And Sexual Violence, Aiming To Keep Students ‘Safe & Aware’
Penn State recently revamped its online course for incoming freshmen. Students learn about alcohol safety and sexual violence. Read the article here.
Jan 7, 2019
Preparing Your Kids For College
Jim Burns from HomeWord offers his perspective and tips on preparing kids for college. Read his blog post here.
Jan 4, 2019
College Students At 3.5 Times Higher Risk For Meningitis B
College students ages 18-24 are more than three times at risk for the potentially deadly serogroup B meningococcal disease (meningitis B) when compared with non-college students, according to a study published in the January 2019 issue of Pediatrics. Read the article here.
Dec 24, 2018
Homeless For Holidays: Some Colleges Keep Needy Students On Campus
About one-tenth of college students say they’re homeless, according to Goldrick-Rab’s research.Read the article here.
Dec 12, 2018
Better Sleep Can Improve College Academic Performance On Finals
As the college semester nears the end, an innovative experiment has shown the benefits of averaging eight hours of sleep for five nights during final exams week. Read the article here.
Nov 26, 2018
Why ‘Passing On The Faith’ Fails Our Kids
Young adults often leave the church after high school. The problem lies close to home. Read the article here.
Nov 20, 2018
Colleges Strain To Keep Up With Students’ Mental Health Concerns
As stigmas surrounding mental health issues have eased, more U.S. college students are seeking help for emotional problems, a new study finds. Read the article here.
Nov 12, 2018
Why So Busy? Our Flawed College System Takes Toll On Families Years Before Tuition Is Due
Families jam their schedules and fret over finances to prepare their kids for college. But all this craziness comes at a cost to parents and children. Read the article here.
Nov 5, 2018
More College Students Seeking Mental Health Care
Anxiety, depression and panic attacks are sending U.S. college students to mental health clinics in record numbers, a new study finds. Read the article here.
Oct 29, 2018
Why Youth Stay In Church When They Grow Up
What is it that sets apart the kids who stay in the church? Read the article here.
Oct 10, 2018
English Prof: ‘My Students Can’t Write To Save Their Lives’
From the article…
“English professors have turned to a feelings-oriented approach to their craft. Instead of being the sage on the stage, they have become the guide on the side. They place greater emphasis on the thoughts and feelings or political ideas students put into their works than whether or not students are following – or even knowing – the grammatical rules of writing.”
Read the rest of the article here.
Oct 9, 2018
1 In 3 College Freshman Faces Mental Health Woes
More than one in three first-year college students around the world struggle with a mental health disorder, new research suggests. Read the article here.
Sep 27, 2018
Is The Big Standardized Test A Big Standardized Flop?
Since No Child Left Behind first rumbled onto the scene, the use of a Big Standardized Test to drive accountability and measure success has been a fundamental piece of education reform. But recently, some education reform stalwarts are beginning to express doubts. Read the article here.
Sep 24, 2018
1 In 5 College Students So Stressed They Consider Suicide
Among more than 67,000 students surveyed, over 20 percent said they experienced stressful events in the last year that were strongly associated with mental health problems, including harming themselves and suicidal thoughts or attempts, researchers found. Read the article here.
Sep 18, 2018
Parents, Take Note: Kids, Teen, College Student Mental Health Problems On The Rise
Adding to a wave of recent studies highlighting the unique mental health challenges that teens and young adults face — oftentimes alone — a new report from the World Health Organization finds that one in three college students worldwide have a mental health condition. Read the article here.
Sep 17, 2018
Do Christian Students Want Spiritual Growth From College?
Is spiritual and moral development primary, or even secondary priorities of one’s education? Read the research from Barna here.