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April 21, 2017

HACU COO speaks at National Academies’ Summit

 The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ (HACU) Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Moder participated in a panel at a Summit April 13, 2017, discussing Supporting Students’ College Success: The Role of Assessment of Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competencies recently released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.


Based on a review of the research, the report identifies three intrapersonal competencies that show promising evidence of supporting students’ college persistence and success, as measured by grades, retention, and graduation: 

  • A sense of belonging: a student’s sense that he or she belongs at a college, fits in well, and is socially integrated.
  • A growth mindset: a student’s belief that his or her own intelligence is not a fixed entity, but a malleable quality that can grow and improve.
  • Utility goals and values: personal goals and values that a student perceives to be directly linked to the achievement of a future,desired end.

Moder addressed the report’s implications for Hispanic-Serving Institutions and underlined the interaction of the competencies studied and the institutional culture that students experience.

The full report and the agenda for the Summit are available here.