Our student experience improves when faculty make them feel like they belong

Our student experience improves when faculty make them feel like they belong.

Reported by Higher Ed Dive, a new study from the Student Experience Project showed that students’ self-assessment of their learning experience rose 10.5% when in classrooms where faculty had been trained to help promote social belonging in the classroom.

This study included 10,000 students from six different universities. Even more compelling was the positive experience reported by Black, Latina and Native American women, which jumped by a whopping 25%, a segment of the traditional student body that overindexes first-generation and may too often feel like they don’t belong.

The takeaway? Yet another data point to suggest that a student’s psychological sense of belonging is critical to their positive academic performance. Let’s make sure our students belong at our institutions, and feel like it, too.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.