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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April 2022
9781642672619
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  • ISBN 9781642672619
  • Language English
  • Pages 300 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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April 2022
9781642672602
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April 2022
9781642672626
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  • Publisher
    Stylus Publishing
  • ISBN 9781642672626
  • Language English
  • Pages 300 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
$135.00
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April 2022
9781642672633
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  • Language English
  • Pages 300 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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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.

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