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Authors

Marcia Rossi

Abstract

The student population today may be facing increased need for support services, due to a wide variety of potential personal problems. Reasons for this include the increased number of students in college who have learning disabilities or other disabilities, the economic downturn of 2008 driving older students to pursue college degrees, and the number of veterans in school who are returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Faculty members and academic advisors may be approached by students who are experiencing personal problems, and may not know how to offer help. Suggestions for helping and teaching such students are offered; these include helping students to identify the nature of the problem and to find resources, as well as listening to and providing support for them while maintaining high standards of performance and academic integrity. Faculty members are cautioned against providing services for which they are not qualified, and to understand their own strengths and limitations in helping.

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