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Recursive Processes in Self-Affirmation: Intervening to Close the Minority Achievement Gap

Abstract: A 2-year follow-up of a randomized field experiment previously reported in Science is presented. A subtle intervention to lessen minority students' psychological threat related to being negatively stereotyped in school was tested in an experiment conducted...

Designing Purposeful Pathways for Student Achievement through Transparency and Problem-Centered Learning

Abstract: Building on this insight, AAC&U foregrounds helping students develop as intentional learners as a guiding principle within the ABOUT TG Created by the Texas Legislature in 1979, TG is a public, nonprofit corporation that promotes educational access and...

Looking Back on a Life of Unacknowledged Privilege and a Call to Action

Abstract: The year 2020 provided a wake-up call about the role systemic racism plays in shaping our nation and shaping science. While hard work and great mentors helped bring me a long way from a farm in Minnesota, it’s become much clearer that the privilege of being...

Reducing the Racial Achievement Gap: A Social-Psychological Intervention

Abstract: Two randomized field experiments tested a social-psychological intervention designed to improve minority student performance and increase our understanding of how psychological threat mediates performance in chronically evaluative real-world environments. We...

High Impact Practices and Historically Underrepresented Minority Students

For over a decade Kuh’s (2008) work on the critical importance of engaged learning has shaped the undergraduate college and university experience. Kuh dubbed these teaching and learning experiences High Impact Practices, and taking part in at least one of them at some...

Increased Structure and Active Learning Reduce the Achievement Gap in Introductory Biology

Abstract: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instructors have been charged with improving the performance and retention of students from diverse backgrounds. To date, programs that close the achievement gap between students from disadvantaged versus...

Does Rejection Hurt? An fMRI Study of Social Exclusion

Abstract: A neuroimaging study examined the neural correlates of social exclusion and tested the hypothesis that the brain bases of social pain are similar to those of physical pain. Participants were scanned while playing a virtual ball-tossing game in which they...

‘Black Lives Matter’ Without Black People?

Racial justice demonstrations have intensified following the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man shot seven times in the back by a white police officer. This incident, which left Blake paralyzed, has revived national protests against anti-Black...

What Is the Model Minority Myth?

The myth of the “model minority” is pervasive. It does real damage. And Asian American students aren’t the only ones it harms. Read Article Here

A Brief Social-Belonging Intervention Improves Academic and Health Outcomes of Minority Students

Abstract: A brief intervention aimed at buttressing college freshmen’s sense of social belonging in school was tested in a randomized controlled trial (N = 92), and its academic and health-related consequences over 3 years are reported. The intervention aimed to...