BOOKS FOR TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND POLICYMAKERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

The Impact of a Sense of Belonging in College

Implications for Student Persistence, Retention, and Success

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August 2022
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August 2022
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August 2022
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    Stylus Publishing
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  • Language English
  • Pages 324 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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August 2022
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Sense of belonging refers to the extent a student feels included, accepted, valued, and supported on their campus. The developmental process of belonging is interwoven with the social identity development of diverse college students. Moreover, belonging is influenced by the campus environment, relationships, and involvement opportunities as well as a need to master the student role and achieve academic success.

Although the construct of sense of belonging is complex and multilayered, a consistent theme across the chapters in this book is that relationship between sense of belonging and intersectionality of identity cannot be ignored, and must be integrated into any approach to fostering belonging.

Over the last 10 years, colleges and universities have started grappling with the notion that their approaches to maintaining and increasing student retention, persistence, and graduation rates were no longer working. As focus shifted to uncovering barriers to student success while concurrently recognizing student success as more than solely academic factors, the term “student sense of belonging” gained traction in both academic and co-curricular settings. The editors noticed the lack of a consistent definition, or an overarching theoretical approach, as well as a struggle to connect disparate research. A compendium of research, applications, and approaches to sense of belonging did not exist, so they brought this book into being to serve as a single point of reference in an emerging and promising field of study.

Part 1: Theories and Foundations 

Chapter 1: Theoretical Foundations for Sense of Belonging in College—Annemarie Vaccarro and Barbara Newman 

Chapter 2: Unraveling the Relationship Between of Engagement, Involvement, and Sense of Belonging—Terrell Strayhorn 

Chapter 3: Reviewing, Theorizing, and Looking Ahead: The Relationship Between College Students’ Sense of Belonging and Persistence—Bert Ellison and John Braxton

 

Part 2: Sense of Belonging Across Student Populations

Chapter 4: Facilitating A Sense of Belonging for Students with Multiple Identities—Ronald Hallett, Adrianna Kezar, Joseph Kitchen, Rosemary Perez 

Chapter 5: How and Where do Queer- and Trans-spectrum College Students Experience Belonging? A Critical Review of the Literature—Brian Gano 

Chapter 6: Connecting Gender and Belonging: An Intersectional Approach—Michael Stevens Williams and Ekaete Udoh 

Chapter 7: On the Outside Looking In: Reflecting on Native American Students’ Sense of Belonging—Mark Albanza 

Chapter 8: Asian American Students and Sense of Belonging—Cassie Kao 

Chapter 9: Latinx College Students’ Sense of Belonging: Comunidades de Apoyo: (Supportive Communities)—Holly Holloway-Friesen 

Chapter 10: Sense of Belonging Among Black College Students: A Socio-Ecological Perspective—Royel M. Johnson and Alex Kenney 

Chapter 11: Economic Stratification in Higher Education: An Asset-Based Approach to Low-SES Students’ Sense of Belonging—Amy E. French and Shelley R. Price-Williams 

Chapter 12: Language Unheard, Voices Silenced: The Role of Language Minoritization in Sense of Belonging—Kevin Bazner and Juan Lopez 

Chapter 13: Analyzing Psychological Well-Being Aspects of Sense of Belonging for First-generation, Pell-eligible, Underrepresented Minority Students—Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, Shiming Zhang, Sandra Kahn, Nina Potter, Lisa Gates, Robyn Saiki, Rogelio Beccero Songolo, Stephen Schellenberg, Randall Timm, and Mitch Strahlman 

Chapter 14: Sense of Belonging as Process and Product in The First-Year Experience—Jennifer Keup and Chelsea Fountain 

Chapter 15: Deconstructing Belonging: Towards a Redefinition for Transfer Students—Vasti Torres and Claire Boeck                 

Chapter 16: Reframing the Commuter Student Experience to Promote Belonging—Michael D. Giacalone and Kristina M. Perrelli 

Chapter 17: Student Veteran Belonging, Inclusion, and Success—Phillip Morris 

Chapter 18: Student Employee Sense of Belonging—Cynthia Cogswell, Tim Epley, and Brittany Barten

 

Part 3: Implications and Applications

Chapter 19: Examples in Practice

NDSUbelong: A Cross Collaborative Approach to Student Sense of Belonging— Derisa Collymore, Laura Dahl, and Alyssa Tuebner

Reducing Barriers to Increase Sense of Belonging—Laura Bayless and Hank Parkinson

Gemstone Honors Program Living-Learning Community—Jessica Lee, Kristan Cilente Skendall, and Leah Kreimer Tobin

The Influence of The Teaching Modality on Belonging—Tawnya Means, Jean E. Starobin, and Kasey Uran-Linde 

Chapter 20: When Likes Aren’t Enough: The Impact of Belongingness on Mental Health in the Age of Social Media—Timothy J. Bono 

Chapter 21: Sense of Belonging: Findings During the Time of COVID-19—Sherry Woosley and Dianne Timm 

Chapter 22: Measuring Belonging in Higher Education: Review, Summary, and Guidance for Researchers and Practitioners—John Eric Lingat, Michael D. Toland, and Shannon O. Sampson 

Chapter 23: Conclusion—Erin Bentrim and Gavin Henning

 

About the Editors and Contributors 

Index 

Erin M. Bentrim

Erin Bentrim is a visiting assistant professor of psychology at Wingate University. She is also a consultant who specializes in student assessment and strategic planning. Over the past 23 years, Bentrim has served in a variety of positions in higher education administration, including assistant dean of students, interim director of academic assessment, and the director of institutional research and effectiveness. In addition, Bentrim has held faculty appointments at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has led several strategic planning initiatives in her local community and served as an assessment consultant for multiple campuses. She was the national co-chair of the NASPA Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community from 2009 to 2011 and is a founding member of the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders. She holds a PhD in educational psychology and research and an MEd in student personnel services from the University of South Carolina and a BA in English from Wofford College.

Gavin W. Henning

Gavin W. Henning is Professor of Higher Education at New England College in New Hampshire where he directs the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Doctorate of Education programs. Gavin is a past president of ACPA – College Student Educators International as well as a past president of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). He has over 20 years’ experience in higher education assessment and institutional research and frequently consults and presents regionally, nationally, and internationally on the topic. His scholarship includes over 90 peer-reviewed presentations and over 90 invited presentations and keynotes regarding assessment. In addition, he has published articles and books on assessment including Student Affairs Assessment: Theory and Practice with Darby Roberts that serves as the foundational text for assessment courses in many higher education graduate programs. Gavin earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of New Hampshire.

Social Identity Development; Student Success; Sense of Belonging; Student Community