University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Studio One features features athletic vision therapy and student loan risks

New cutting-edge vision therapy that may improve performance in student athletes. Nike SPARQ is a sensory technology station used to evaluate the visual performance of an athlete. This equipment is specialized and rare. Sports Vision Program Manager, Max Miller, discusses how he uses the equipment to assess and train student athlete’s vision. “We like to slowly work on their basic visual skills and then…integrate factors that make it a bit harder for them like balance,” said Miller. Some say this technology can benefit students in the game and the classroom.

Also this week, learn about the risks involved with student loans. A recent study by the Fair Isaac Company found the average student loan has jumped 58 percent since 2005. Universities are trying to reduce the amount of unnecessary debt by offering financial wellness services. These fiscal programs teach students about finances, inform them how to build credit and plan a spending budget. Patrick Hendrickson, a graduate student who works with UND’s Financial Wellness Services says about 10 percent of universities have financial wellness offices to help prepare soon-to-be college graduates.

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