The Vermont Connection


As the student affairs profession evolves to better support the needs of

graduate students, a re-building of the relationship between academic

and student affairs is vital for the success of graduate student support

programs. Rates of mental illness are extremely high in the graduate

population, and this trend is closely related to elevated attrition rates

in recent years. Universities are attempting to support their graduate

students through this crisis via separate faculty- and student affairsled

initiatives, which have been ineffective in addressing the needs of

today’s graduate population. Partnering with faculty members will result

in holistic interventions that support students’ needs both inside and

outside of the classroom.