A free, evidence-based program designed to increase students' engagement, motivation, and ultimately success by laying the foundation for a growth mindset
Many students worry that they lack the ability to master college- level coursework, no matter what they do. Some fear, “I’m just not a math person.” Left unaddressed, such fears can become self-fulfilling prophecies that feed a destructive cycle of reduced motivation and performance that ends in dropping out.
However, research shows that colleges can boost retention—particularly for students from historically underrepresented groups—by helping students develop a growth mindset: the belief that they can improve their academic abilities through effective study strategies.
This 30-minute online program includes survey questions, short reading passages, and brief reflection exercises. Students will learn:
Rigorously tested since 2010 in multiple randomized controlled trials with thousands of college students. Findings include:
We’re thrilled to bring you Growth Mindset for College Students for the first time as an open enrollment program, and we want to involve as many colleges as possible.
However, we’re a small team and we want everyone who participates to have a great experience. At this time, we’re offering the program for free to the first 50 colleges who submit their letter of agreement. If you’re not in the first 50, don’t worry! You'll be added to our wait list for future program launches.
Download the Program Information Packet to learn how participation works.
Create a user account, submit a letter of agreement, and prepare to participate using our online platform.
Students complete a 30-min web module during new student orientation or a first year experience class.
See how many students completed the program, and receive a report about the program's impact at your school.
Download the Program Information Packet to learn more about the research and how to run Growth Mindset for College Students at your college.Download now
We are excited to hear from you! Please fill out the form below to learn how your college can get involved.
PERTS is an applied research center based out of Stanford University. We believe that evidence-based strategies should benefit all students, not just the privileged few. To make research accessible to all, we empower educators everywhere to implement evidence-based strategies cost-effectively. We are so excited to bring you Growth Mindset for College Students and to make the latest research on growth mindset strategies actionable to every college in the United States.
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