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Social Belonging
Supporting Postsecondary Success

Social Belonging had mixed effects on academic achievement and progressing in college and no discernible effects on college enrollment.
Social Belonging interventions for college students aim to reduce the impacts of negative stereotypes that may burden students in underrepresented groups and affect their persistence in college. Examples of such groups are racial or ethnic minority groups, women in engineering, and first-generation college students. There are different variations of Social Belonging interventions but they all have in common a goal of influencing students’ sense that they could be successful within a college setting.

Findings

7
studies that met standards out of
11
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Evidence Tier
Academic achievement Mixed effects PS
College enrollment No discernible effects PS
Progressing in college Mixed effects PS

Last Updated: January 2022

Race

Asian
33%
Black
9%
Native American
1%
White
23%
Other or unknown
35%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
29%
Not Hispanic or Latino
71%

Gender

Male: 50%
Female: 50%

English Learners

English Learners icon
87%
Note: This summary only includes data from studies that reported sample information. The Intervention Report may include evidence from other studies that met standards, but did not report sample information.


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Abt Associates under contract ED-IES-16-C-0024.

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