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A new College of Education report offers research-based strategies to boost community college student retention and engagement

A new College of Education report offers research-based strategies to boost community college student retention and engagement

A Chinese proverb teaches that “One step at a time is good walking.” With something close to that in mind, community college leaders are looking for those important, high-impact steps that will help them best manage record-high student enrollments — and shrinking budgets. Dr. Kay McClenney To help the colleges with these challenges and offer…   » Continue Reading

New College of Education study explores how tenure-track fathers negotiate work-family conflicts

New College of Education study explores how tenure-track fathers negotiate work-family conflicts

Sick kids. Sleepless nights. Conflicts between work and daycare. Although research suggests that most dual-income couples share parenting duties, many people still believe that mothers are the true primary caregivers. And the most beleaguered. Dr. Richard Reddick and his son Karl But according to a new qualitative study out of The University of Texas at…   » Continue Reading

Spinal cord injury victims enjoy better health, thanks to the research of neuroscientist Lisa Griffin and Kinesiology and Health Education collaborators

Spinal cord injury victims enjoy better health, thanks to the research of neuroscientist Lisa Griffin and Kinesiology and Health Education collaborators

After Gary Krutsinger T-boned his truck in a wreck just outside Austin in 2009, he couldn’t feel his arms or legs. Thinking it was a temporary problem, he told the rescue workers to just leave him alone for a few minutes – he’d be fine, he said. The paralysis wasn’t temporary, though, and after doctors…   » Continue Reading

Health communication researchers devise strategies to empower people to make informed decisions about their health

Health communication researchers devise strategies to empower people to make informed decisions about their health

In the middle of the night, while soothing her feverish daughter, a mother strains to read the instructions on the bottle of Children’s Tylenol. The dosage instructions state one and one-half teaspoons, but the mother gives her daughter one and one-half tablespoons — more than four times the recommended dosage. A 57-year-old man about to…   » Continue Reading

Psychology researcher Andreana Haley examines the link between dementia and obesity and aims to improve your brain’s health through diet and exercise

Psychology researcher Andreana Haley examines the link between dementia and obesity and aims to improve your brain’s health through diet and exercise

Step off the scale and let’s have a talk. You’re 30 pounds overweight and at risk for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, certain types of cancer and coronary heart disease. More than 30 percent of Americans who are obese have likely endured a similarly uncomfortable conversation with their doctors during a routine checkup. Many are…   » Continue Reading

Aquatics program helps Olympic swimmers and toddlers alike build skill and be safer in the water

Aquatics program helps Olympic swimmers and toddlers alike build skill and be safer in the water

Here’s a reminder as we head into National Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month — you need to know how to swim, but knowing how to swim doesn’t equal knowing how to keep from drowning any more than knowing how to start a car equals knowing how to prevent an accident. In fact, there’s always…   » Continue Reading

Advising corps sends university grads to high schools and helps low-income students into college

Advising corps sends university grads to high schools and helps low-income students into college

I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. The bad news first -– Texas has a critical shortage of school guidance counselors and this means many students who are academically capable of getting into college but need help with the application process won’t end up attending. To make matters worse, the schools most affected…   » Continue Reading

Nationally known fitness expert shares tips and exercise routines that can help you regain your high school physique

Nationally known fitness expert shares tips and exercise routines that can help you regain your high school physique

Statistics -– and sightings of you from behind -– say it’s likely that you take up more space now than you did your senior year in high school. The Guess jeans that stopped traffic during your glory days aren’t getting over those hips without divine intervention. In fact, it’s so common to gain a few…   » Continue Reading

Turn students into explorers and take learning past recitation and recall, says education expert

Turn students into explorers and take learning past recitation and recall, says education expert

Let’s say you have to teach a dozen college freshmen how to whip up a batch of chocolate éclairs, and the extent of their culinary experience up to now has been stirring Honey Nut Cheerios into lowfat yogurt. You can stand in front of the group and tell them how to do it while they…   » Continue Reading

Look back at some of the stories that showed the university’s impact in 2010

Look back at some of the stories that showed the university’s impact in 2010

Look back at some of the stories that showed the university’s impact in 2010.