This project remains true to its historic mission of UNCP in serving under represented populations, including a significant proportion of Native Americans, first-generation college students, and transfer students in a region where educational attainment levels are low. The single comprehensive goal of the NASNTI SBSS grant addresses the need of currently enrolled UNCP students: to increase persistence and graduation rates by focusing on Student’s Social Belonging needs. We will do this through three objectives:
- Design, Implement and Evaluate new course and or programs that will improve social belonging thereby increasing academic outcomes for Native American and low-income students.
- Faculty development to increase student success in academic programs and courses
- Faculty/student mentorship in research and service to increase social belonging and student success
The goal of the Social Belonging for Student Success (SBSS) project is to promote campus engagement (through social belonging) to improve academic outcomes and increase Native American and low-income students retention and completion rates.