Tell Students Folks Need to Adjust to College

The CHE article Reassurance About College Transition Could Raise Black Students’ GPA’s says:

When black students reflected on the idea that everybody, regardless of race or ethnicity, initially struggles to adjust to college, their academic performance and longer-term well-being benefited, according to a paper published on Thursday in the journal Science.

The intervention reduced the GPA gap between black and white students by 52 percent, the researchers found.

The researchers suggested that their discussion of belonging may have shifted students’ perceptions such that their early successes reinforced their confidence. “Brief interventions that shore up belonging can thus promote performance and well-being,” they wrote, “even long after their delivery.”

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