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Reflective Practice Large Group Meeting Resources, 2017-2018


A thriving student is "fully engaged intellectually, socially, and emotionally in the college experience" (Schreiner, 2010).

Book Winners

Fisher, D., Frey, N., Quaglia, R.J., Smith, D., & Lande, L.L. (2017). Engagement by design: Creating learning environments where students thrive. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Schreiner, L.A., Louis, M.C., & Nelson, D.D. (Eds.). (2012). Thriving in transitions: A research-based approach to college student success. Columbia, SC: National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

Book in the IUP Libraries

LGM Presentation on Student Thriving

Research Articles

Gerson, M & Fernandez, N. (2013). PATH: A program to build resilience and thriving in undergraduates. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43(11), 2169-2184.

Hao, R.N. (2011). Critical compassionate pedagogy and the teacher's role in first-generation student success. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 127, 91-98.

Rude, W.J., Bobilya, A.J., & Bell, B.J. (2017). An investigation of the connection between outdoor orientation and thriving. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education & Leadership, 9(2), 197-216.

Schreiner, L.A. (2010). Thriving in community. About Campus, 15(4), 2-11.

Schreiner, L.A. (2013). Thriving in college. New Directions for Student Services, 2013(143), 41-52.

Schreiner, L.A. (2014). Different pathways to thriving among students of color: An untapped opportunity for success. About Campus, 19(5), 10-19. 

Schreiner, L.A. (2010). Thriving in the classroom. About Campus, 15(3), 2-10.

Stephens, C.M. & Beatty, C.C. (2015). Leading and thriving: How leadership education can improve first-year student success. Journal of Leadership Education, 14(3), 119-131.

Stephens, N.M., Townsend, S.S.M., Harmedani, M.G., Destin, M., & Manzo, V. (2015). A difference-education intervention equips first-generation college students to thrive in the face of stressful college situations. Psychological Science, 26(10), 1556-1566.


Five Factors of Thriving

Engaged Learning - a measure of the degree to which students are meaningfully processing what happens in class, energized by what they are learning, and continuing to think about it outside of class.

Academic Determination - a measure of students' goal-directedness, investment of effort, and regulation of their own learning and use of time.

Positive Perspective - a measure of students' optimism, and explanatory style

Social Connectedness - a measure of students' involvement in healthy relationships and social support networks, whether on or off campus.

Diverse Citizenship - a measure of students' desire to make a difference in the community around them, as well as their openness to differences in others.