Title

Social Belonging and College Retention: Results From a Quasi-Experimental Pilot Study

Additional Authors

Perkins, Jacob; Butler-Barnes, Sheretta T.; Walker, Thomas A., Jr. ;

Publication Date

11-30-2017

Summary

Despite efforts by educators and policymakers to increase postsecondary education, many students never complete a degree. Attrition is particularly high among minority students. This article presents results from a new quasi-experimental pilot study testing a brief intervention that is grounded in social-belonging theory and designed to improve college retention. Analyses of data from a sample of 128 students (80% minority students) show that grade point averages were significantly higher among those exposed to the intervention. We also find that the reenrollment rate was higher, but the difference is not significant. The findings suggest useful insights as this research expands to target the intervention on underrepresented minority students.

Document Type

Article

Category

Child and Youth Development

Subarea

Youth Development

Original Citation

Silver Wolf (Adelv unegv Waya), D. A. P., Perkins, J., Butler-Barnes, S. T., & Walker, T. A., Jr. (2017). Social belonging and college retention: Results from a quasi-experimental pilot study. Journal of College Student Development, 58(5), 777–782. doi:10.1353/csd.2017.0060

Project

Youth Development

Keywords

social belonging, college enrollment, college degree attainment, United States, education

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