Yiana Belcher Posted over 1 year ago How does the status quo design of student - faculty interactions diminish innovation in the classroom? How to hack higher ed? Hi. I'm studying oline for my MA, with two visits a year to the college. I'm a bit charged from just finishing exams and end of term papers, but I was excited to notice that you're having these important conversations. Please excuse if my intonation feels hardened in any way. This is one of my concerns about higher ed. I don't like the on-line format of my program but it has the research I need to follow what I feel is being called to me in my life's work. I find it very hard to stay healthy but I couldn't afford to do the MA any other way. Although my cohort members and I work on holistic health while we work, I have always felt that universities don't structure programs well to support holistic rhythms and balances. I find this especially hard on my female seratonin-uptake neurological system. Feminist research has shown a correlation between the uptake system in women and eating disorders and depression. It shows a very different uptake system for men, and it makes sense that women would have a very different need in a system of higher ed to accommodate their very different experience, even physically. I am in a qualitative and quanititive program which helps somewhat. I am 50, and waited 25 years to find a program that would actually offer some balance for my gender physiology. I don't feel that I've really found it but time is running out for me. Has anyone else had this sense or concern about how to bring holism into higher academia?