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Conference / Symposium

What is Missing in Persistence Models? Integrating Basic Needs and Belongingness

Compton Union Building
Room 204
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About the event

Virtual NASPA Session 2024

Gavin Henning, Professor of Higher Education
New England College
Anne Lundquist, Executive Director at the Hope Center at
Temple University

Retention models share common elements such as student characteristics, institutional experiences, and academic and social integration. However, few specifically – basic needs (e.g., food, housing, transportation) and – belonging are essential components of student success. Presenters will provide an overview and discuss the impact of basic needs and belonging to persistence, share a theoretical framework for including them within persistence models, and provide recommendations for addressing these issues in student affairs practice.

Learning Outcomes:
Describe the impact that basic needs and belonging have on college student persistence
Identify strategies to address basic needs and belonging in student affairs practice


Student Affairs