Students with a growth mindset get better grades

Students with a growth mindset are getting better grades.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a recent study by the Center for Community College Student Engagements shows that students who think they can improve their intelligence in a particular course do indeed go ahead and do so.

This is a remarkable insight regarding the power of having a growth mindset, and poses the next level made vs. born question – can a growth mindset itself be learned or is one born with that inherent belief? A different study out of Indiana University at Bloomington points to the former, demonstrating that the faculty member’s growth mindset has an effect on the student, so there is likely some cognitive malleability here.

The takeaway? How do we evangelize a growth mindset at our institutions – both with our faculty and the students they serve?

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.