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The Hechinger Report

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Past articles by Olivia:

In a demanding era, using new tools and sharpening old ones

A sampling of Hechinger reporting for The New York Times’s Learning section → Read More

Congress is starting to tackle student mental health

Nearly every day, a new study about the mental health of college students appears. Citing some measure of sadness, anxiety, feelings of burnout or use of unhealthy coping skills, these studies say the same thing: College students are struggling. Understanding of student mental health issues was growing before the pandemic took hold, and the stigma […] → Read More

How are college campuses preparing for a post-Roe era?

With the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, reproductive rights advocates are organizing support training and other resources for college students as they brace for the possibility of a new era. Though they hope for support from colleges, they are not waiting for it: Preparing young people to support their peers is a major goal. → Read More

Colleges in Red States Are Preparing for a Post-Roe Crisis

The situation looks like “uncertainties layered on uncertainties.” → Read More

If they start young, students may be more attracted to studying STEM fields

SMASH is one of many organizations working to eliminate barriers so that Black, Latino, low-income and first-generation students can earn college degrees and careers in STEM. → Read More

Undocumented students turn to each other for support post graduation

Facing post-graduation challenges and uncertainty about DACA’s future, undocumented alumni turn to each other for support → Read More

Why racial graduation gaps exist across the nation

Remedial education, financial challenges and even just a jarring campus culture contribute to racial graduation gaps. → Read More

Colleges sign on for Moon Shot, a program to “erase equity gaps” in completion rates

Some universities are signing on to 15 recommendations in a new project seeking to eliminate college graduation equity gaps by 2030. → Read More

Colleges scramble to give extra support to sophomores, whose first college year was disrupted by Covid-19

Colleges are designing sophomore-specific orientation programs ease returning students' transition back to campus. → Read More

Burnout symptoms increasing among college students

The pandemic caused many college students to experience mental health issues and psychological distress, often in the form of burnout. → Read More

Report gives colleges a roadmap for high-quality online education after the pandemic

Some of the changes made to adjust to online education provided a “sneak preview of higher education’s future,” according to a new report. → Read More

Indiana is offering free career coaching to all residents

Ivy Tech Community College and the state are using CARES Act money to offer free career coaching programs. → Read More

Maryland bill would let transgender people change names without advertising it

Senate Bill 581 and House Bill 39 are moving through the Maryland General Assembly and would require the courts to honor any request for a waiver of the publication requirement for a name change. Advocates say the bill would keep trans people safe by not forcing them to out themselves, while some opponents say the state shouldn’t pass laws requiring judges to rule a certain way. → Read More

March 1: Anne Arundel adds 60 new coronavirus cases, one more death

At least 60 new coronavirus infections were detected in Anne Arundel County Monday, and one more county resident has died, according to data from the Maryland Department of Health. → Read More

Anne Arundel County Council amends bill that would limit length of state of emergency

The Anne Arundel County Council amended a bill that would limit local states of civil emergency to 45 days. The amendment ensures it wouldn’t apply to the current coronavirus-induced state of emergency, but the bill is still likely to face significant opposition when it’s heard again on March 1 without the support of County Executive Steuart Pittman’s administration. → Read More

Anne Arundel expands phone line to help residents connect with coronavirus relief services, other resources available

A phone line Anne Arundel residents can call if they need food assistance can now also connect them to rent and utility assistance for eviction and foreclosure prevention, mental health counseling and other COVID-19 related services. → Read More

Anne Arundel executive hosts re-election fundraiser, launches advocacy and lobbying nonprofit ‘Future Matters’

Halfway into his first term as Anne Arundel’s County Executive, Steuart Pittman is endeavoring to corral the community under a common goal: Concern about the future. At a fundraising event for his 2022 re election campaign for county executive, Pittman announced he is launching a social welfare nonprofit called ‘Future Matters.’ → Read More

Anne Arundel residents donated a combined $3.5 million to Biden, Trump as of August

A little more than a week out from Election Day, Anne Arundel residents have poured $3.5 million into the presidential race, almost splitting contributions between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, an analysis of Federal Election Commission campaign contribution records by The Capital shows. → Read More

Early voting starts Monday. Here’s how to cast your ballot and make sense of Anne Arundel County charter amendments.

Anne Arundel County voters who wish to cast their vote in person this election cycle can begin doing so Monday at 7 a.m. at any one of seven voting centers that will open around the county. Election Director Joe Torre expects voters to begin lining up by 6:30 a.m. → Read More

'The best place for all’ slogan is aspirational: New report shows Anne Arundel second in the state for reports of hate crimes and bias incidents

Reports of hate crimes and bias incidents in Anne Arundel County increased slightly in 2019, though Montgomery County surpassed Anne Arundel as the jurisdiction with the highest instance of reports in the state, according to a new report from the Maryland State Police. → Read More