Overwhelmed? Here's Help for Students, Faculty, and Staff - UNLV NewsCenter

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Overwhelmed? Here's Help for Students, Faculty, and Staff - UNLV NewsCenter Overwhelmed? Here's Help for Students, Faculty, and Staff - UNLV NewsCenter Posted: 23 Nov 2020 09:21 AM PST Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty and staff have worried over their students' wellbeing, not always knowing how to help or where to suggest students go when the strain seems to affect their academic success. "UNLV students are presenting to Student Counseling and Psychological Services for mental health services with increased symptoms of anxiety and depression," said Shauna Landis, director of student counseling and psychological services.  Although statistics for UNLV students were not immediately available, Landis said student visits to CAPS seems to track with national data. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , 40 percent of American adults surveyed in June 2020 reported experien

MTSU Begins Online Q&A to Help Adult Learners Seeking Degrees - rutherfordsource.com

MTSU Begins Online Q&A to Help Adult Learners Seeking Degrees - rutherfordsource.com


MTSU Begins Online Q&A to Help Adult Learners Seeking Degrees - rutherfordsource.com

Posted: 16 Apr 2020 03:00 AM PDT

With social distancing guidelines still in place at Middle Tennessee State University and beyond, faculty and staff are using technology to their outreach advantage.

Beginning Friday, April 17, MTSU Online staff will launch "Finish Now Fridays" to answer questions, offer guidance, and explain their programs to adults looking to finish their bachelor's degrees. MTSU has the largest adult degree completion program in the state and has several programs that fit an adult's busy schedule.

Each week, a group of advisers, degree counselors, and faculty will be on Facebook Live answering questions from prospective and current students about varying topics, including prior learning assessment, free degree evaluations, and the cost of going back to school.

The virtual Q&A sessions will begin at 10 a.m. on MTSU Online's Facebook page. Those interested should 'like' that page in advance to be notified when it goes live on April 17.

"While we cannot meet face-to-face with folks who are thinking of going back to school, we want them to know we are still here to help," said Danielle Fowler, coordinator of recruitment in MTSU's University College. "We know there are many people out there wondering what their options are and we want to make sure we're available to them."

One of those options is prior learning assessment, or PLA, which allows working adults to earn college credit for learning acquired from work and training. In the PLA course, students create a detailed portfolio of their professional competencies, training and certifications, and other experiential learning. Students can potentially earn up to two years of college credit from their prior learning.

Many of the required classes for anyone enrolling in the adult degree completion program are already offered online and several will be available in the summer semester. The scheduled in-person courses for the summer will be offered remotely.

"This is a time of uncertainty for many of us," said Peggy Carpenter, assistant dean of University College. "We want to make sure students and their families are well informed about their options moving forward after this crisis."

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