By The Center for Student Analytics | May 1, 2017


Utah State University (USU) is piloting an innovative new system designed to better gauge student success, during the upcoming academic year. Dr. Eric McIntosh, Strategic Partnerships Advisor at Civitas Learning, introduced the Student Thriving model to USU faculty and staff on March 9th.

“The Student Thriving theory is new but quickly gaining ground. We have refined the theory to make it easily accessible and applicable to other universities,” said McIntosh. “USU continues to look for innovative ways to improve the ways they serve students, which is why they are getting involved to take this theory into action.”

Student Thriving is a construct of student functioning based on several factors, including: academic engagement and performance, interpersonal relationships, and psychological well-being. These categories allow faculty and staff to measure student success without relying exclusively on grades and GPA.

The benefit of Student Thriving is it frames the way universities can influence student outcomes by focusing intervention efforts on attitudes and behaviors that contribute to success. The result is not only good grades, but a healthier lifestyle and more fulfilled life as a student and post-graduate.

“Dr. McIntosh laid out the research clearly at the workshop,” said John Brooksby, Portal Coordinator and Marketing Specialist. “This program will increase student retention and maintain a positive higher education experience. It’s a great solution to a growing problem.”

The Student Thriving model will launch during the fall 2017 semester in the form of a survey to all new, incoming students.

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