Is it possible to lower high college dropout rates among underrepresented minority students by strengthening their sense of belonging on campus? This study reports results from a randomized, controlled trial of You Are College Material–You Belong, a brief social-belonging intervention. The promising findings suggest that social-belonging interventions can contribute to academic retention gains for minority students without resorting to deception, a common element in the protocol for such interventions.
Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A., Taylor, F., Maguin, E., & Asher BlackDeer, A. (2019). You Are College Material—You Belong: An underrepresented minority student retention intervention without deception. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1521025119848749