Practice Category: Social Connectedness

Social connectedness refers to the creation of bonding relationships. Feelings of connectedness are a contributing factor to students’ social belonging and are essential elements of student satisfaction, academic success, and retention in their own right. Students who feel a sense of social connectedness are more likely to have better social and academic experiences during college, including higher emotional wellbeing, and better health. In this section you will find practice recommendations that can help encourage students’ connectedness with instructors and peers.


Authors: Krysti Ryan, Katie Boucher, Christine Logel, Mary Murphy.

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