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2019

Higher education researchers have long understood the role campus involvement plays in supporting student success. Extracurricular participation supplements the classroom experience by allowing students to grow and learn as part of their broader college experience. As such, ensuring our students engage in these experiences—and get the most out of them—is crucial. This research note explores the relationship between student activities participation and other educational outcomes. The findings, presented as five key insights, were drawn from a national dataset constructed from the responses of over 5,000 college students to the ACUI/Benchworks Student Activities Assessment.

Whether inside the classroom, in residence halls, or in student activities, opportunities for students to make meaningful connections are plentiful. These connections lead to a sense of community and belonging, which in turn support student success. Data from a variety of Skyfactor assessments demonstrate the prevalence and importance of positive connections across campus.