Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Student Well-Being Study


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
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1. Student Well-Being Study

Student-Athlete Well-Being Study
by Greg Johnson, NCAA

"As a follow-up to two NCAA student-athlete well-being studies conducted in 2020, student-athletes continue to report elevated levels of mental health concerns.

The data indicated rates of mental exhaustion, anxiety and depression have seen little change since fall 2020 and remain 1.5 to two times higher than identified before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, student-athletes reported lower levels of hopelessness in fall 2021 than in the first year of the pandemic.

The Association-wide survey, which was open from Nov. 17-Dec. 13, had responses from over 9,800 student-athletes. It was designed by NCAA research in collaboration with the NCAA Sport Science Institute and the Division I, II and III Student-Athlete Advisory Committees.

This study did not measure student-athlete responses relative to the overall college student population, which is dealing with these mental health issues, as well."

>> Situational Awareness: "Under the NCAA constitution, each member school is charged with facilitating an environment that reinforces physical and mental health within athletics by ensuring access to appropriate resources and open engagement with respect to physical and mental health."

>> Of Note: "Mental health concerns remained highest among student-athlete demographic subgroups commonly displaying higher rates of mental distress (women, student-athletes of color, those identifying on the queer spectrum and those reporting family economic hardship). This survey, along with the previous two surveys, asked participants whether they felt mentally exhausted, experienced sleep difficulties, felt overwhelming anxiety, felt sad, felt a sense of loss or felt things were hopeless."

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2. Financial Aid Crisis

Financial Aid Financial Aid
by Eric Hoover, Chronicle of Higher Education

"Many financial-aid offices are understaffed and struggling to fill open positions, according to new survey results from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. The findings, released on Tuesday, echo a major concern within a profession that helps keep higher education’s wheels turning: Leaner staffs with a long list of responsibilities are finding it more difficult to serve students while complying with federal and state regulations.

For some financial-aid offices, the association wrote in a summary of its findings, “what was once a challenge — albeit a manageable one — has become a crisis.”

>> Court Awareness: "Many colleges found it difficult to recruit and retain qualified financial-aid staff members before Covid-19 hit. But the pandemic has exacerbated that difficulty, according to the group, known as NASFAA. The organization, which first surveyed institutions in March 2022, found that half of the 518 respondents had operated at 75 percent of their staffing capacity during the past two aid cycles. In a follow-up survey of those that didn’t respond the first time, 56 percent of 507 financial-aid offices said that they were understaffed — and lacked the time to gather the information needed to complete the survey."

>> Why It Matters: "Empty seats come with high stakes: Understaffing can jeopardize customer service. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they were at least slightly concerned about their ability to adequately serve students, who often seek help with many tasks, such as completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, repaying their loans, and seeking loan forgiveness."

>> What They're Saying: “It’s been the perfect storm,” said Karen McCarthy, the association’s vice president for public policy and federal relations. “With the Great Resignation affecting all employers, we’ve had to figure out how to administer multiple pots of federal funds, and the rules kept changing. There was more money rolling in that colleges had to turn around, and our offices didn’t get additional staff to help with that.”

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3.   C is for Championship

James Hopper and Jonathan Powell celebrate a doubles point

It will be an All-UAA battle when No. 1 Chicago takes on No. 2 Case Western Reserve for the Division III men's tennis team title.

The Maroons advanced to the final with a thrilling 5-4 triumph over No. 3 Tufts. Trailing 2-1 after doubles, Chicago (21-1) registered four singles victories, including Christian Alshon who provided the clincher at No. 1 singles (6-1, 7-6).

The Spartans reached the championship with a 5-1 win against No. 4 Middlebury, 5-1. CWRU led 2-1 after doubles and won three straight-set decisions in singles. 

Case is back in the final for the second straight season and looks for the program's and the school's first NCAA title. It is the first national championship appearance for Chicago.

You can watch the championship match beginning at 10 a.m. ET.


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    TENNIS (W)

    4. Athenas, Maroons Battle for Crown

    Sylwia Mikos and Shianna Guo   (PHOTO CREDIT: Manuela Davies/USTA)

    The NCAA Division III women's tennis team title will come down to the Nos. 1 and 4 teams in the country.

    Top-ranked Chicago (22-1) advanced to final with a 5-1 triumph against No. 5 Middlebury. The Maroons won two of the three doubles matches and took three singles matches in straight sets to reach their second NCAA final.

    No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (26-3) blanked No. 3 Wesleyan, 5-0, to earn the spot opposite UC. The Athenas swept the three doubles matches to enable CMS to reach its third straight NCAA final.

    You can watch the championship match beginning at 3 p.m. ET.


    5.   Lightning Round  

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