Why is this important?
UWB has historically taken action to admit a diverse student population. UWB 2016-2017 enrollment data indicates that 49% of UWB students are first generation college students, 34% are Pell eligible, and 57% of students are people of color or international students. UWB and other institutions of higher education have demonstrated a performance gap, retention and graduation gap between students of privilege and those students who are first generation, low SES, and/or students of color. The psychology of college persistence has been examining the role of stereotype threat, growth mindset and social belonging in producing more equitable outcomes in higher education.
Review scholarly publications regarding growth mindset and social belonging.
Pilot growth mindset and social belonging teaching strategies in classroom.
Research and assess affect these strategies have on the learning environment and student’s experience within the classroom in terms of moving from talent to growth mindset and increased sense of belonging.