THEY BELONG: ground-breaking new report released

In this groundbreaking study, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) studied how increased belonging & peer connection via Nearpeer impacted enrollment across 12,000 incoming Fall 2022 students from summer 2022, on to the start of their first term (Fall 2022), and first-year persistence into Fall 2023.

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Article: “Black enrollment is up at this university thanks to this service that aids student belonging” in University Business (November 29, 2023)

Excerpt: “As vital as institutions’ support services are to cultivating student belonging, many miss the mark, especially among Black students and other persons of color. Thanks in part to feeling a lack of belonging, Black students have lower six-year college completion rates, according to the Lumina Foundation. However, a new study out of California State University, Northridge illustrates that minority and underresourced students introduced to a third-party peer connection tool improved their retention and overall enrollment rates.”

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