Elevating the Objectives of Higher Education to Effectively Serve Students From Diverse Socioeconomic Backgrounds

Mesmin Destin*, R. Josiah Rosario, Shirin Vossoughi

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Abstract

As colleges and universities expand the socioeconomic diversity of their student populations, many policies and practices require reconceptualization to better serve all students. Recent social psychology and learning sciences research directly informs how to support the achievement and well-being of students from lower socioeconomic status backgrounds, with attention to intersecting minoritized identities. These approaches challenge assimilationist and deficit-based views of student identities in addressing factors at multiple levels of their sociocultural contexts. Building from the evidence, recommendations emphasize committing financial resources to allow for full access and participation in higher education. Also, specific faculty practices and development opportunities can enhance teaching. Finally, community emerges as a central theme; recommendations enhance student connections within and beyond the college environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-66
Number of pages8
JournalPolicy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • higher education
  • identity
  • policy
  • social psychology
  • socioeconomic status
  • strengths-based

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Administration

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