Research: Boosting Academic Engagement Could be as Easy as Showing a Little Gratitude

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by Mariya Yukhymenko When it comes to academic success for college students, having a sense of purpose and gratitude makes a significant difference. That’s what I found in a peer-reviewed study published in June 2022 in the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. For the study, I analyzed answers provided by 295 undergraduates to questions about whether they did better academically if they had a sense of purpose and gratitude during the COVID-19 pandemic. I wondered if students were more likely to be academically engaged – and less likely to suffer academic burnout – if they had a strong […]
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