College Students’ Sense of Belonging: A Key to Educational Success for All Students is a must-read for anyone interested in college student success, issues of retention or persistence, identity or institutional effectiveness. In this widely circulated book, Professor Terrell Strayhorn, a highly-sought public speaker and thought leader breaks new ground on the concept of sense of belonging in college, advances a theory of belonging, and demonstrates deftly that belonging is a consistent predictor of success in higher education whether measured by adjustment, first-year grades, retention, satisfaction, or graduation. It’s an information-rich, research-based guide that not only presents new findings and theory but practice recommendations for promoting belonging and ensuring student success.
College Students’ Sense of Belonging addresses these student sub-populations and campus environments. It offers readers practical guidelines, underpinned by theory and research, for helping students belong and thrive. Sense of belonging can come from peers, teachers or faculty, family members, social and academic groups, and living and learning environments. The book offers:
- a review and critique of current literature on sense of belonging in light of new and emerging theory
- a new conceptual model of belonging which helps the reader expand an understanding of sense of belonging
- new and recent research findings from quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods studies conducted by the author
- practical recommendations for improving educational environments, practices, policies, and programs to facilitate students’ sense of belonging on campus.
As one of the Foreword writers (Professor Sylvia Hurtado) said: Strayhorn brings greater clarity to the concept of belonging and tells the story masterfully with number and narratives that touch the heart and minds of readers. Indeed, it is worthy of the People’s Book Award.