Changing Mindsets to Improve the Transition to College

Even with identical high school credentials, socially disadvantaged students drop out of college at higher rates and earn worse grades than students from advantaged backgrounds. Research suggests that this disparity is partly attributable to students' concerns about fitting in at college. Importantly, research also suggests that these concerns can be mitigated through brief, targeted mindset interventions. The College Transition Collaborative is a group of researchers and universities working together to create, evaluate, and disseminate these interventions.

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Managing Board

PI — Greg Walton, Assistant Professor, Stanford University
PI — David Yeager, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
PI — Mary Murphy, Assistant Professor, Indiana University
PI — Christine Logel, Assistant Professor, Renison University College
Natasha Krol, CTC Managing Director
Dave Paunesku, Executive Director, Stanford University PERTS
Omid Fotuhi, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University

Research Team

Chris Hulleman, Research Associate Professor, University of Virginia
Katie Boucher, Assistant Professor, University of Indianapolis
Shannon Brady, Graduate Student, Stanford University
Stephanie Reeves, Graduate Student, University of Waterloo
Maithreyi Gopalan, Graduate Student, Indiana University
Evelyn Carter, Postdoctoral Fellow, Purdue University
Amy Petermann, Research Coordinator, Stanford University
Dustin Thoman, Associate Professor, California State University - Long Beach
Lisel Murdock-Perriera, Graduate Student, Stanford University
Eric Smith, Graduate Student, Stanford University
Cayce Hook, Graduate Student, Stanford University
Katie Kroeper, Graduate Student, Indiana University
Jeff Kosovich, Graduate Student, University of Virginia
Matthew Wilmot, Graduate Student, University of Waterloo
Eric Gomez, Research Coordinator, Stanford University
Elise Ozier, Graduate Student, Indiana University
Madison Gilbertson, Research Assistant, Stanford University
Heidi Williams, Research Assistant, Indiana University
Gregg Muragishi, Graduate Student, Stanford University
Christopher Lok, Graduate Student, University of Waterloo
Peter Fisher, Research Coordinator, Stanford University
Tsotso Ablorh, Research Coordinator, Stanford University
Shahana Ansari, Lab Manager, Indiana University


Geoff Cohen, Professor, Stanford University
Carol Dweck, Professor, Stanford University
Hazel Markus, Professor, Stanford University
Judy Harackiewicz, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Steven Spencer, Professor, University of Waterloo


CTC Partners: 2014-2018

Bowling Green
California State University, Northridge
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Great Lakes College Association
Hope College
Allegheny College
The College of Wooster
Wabash College
Wabash College
Indiana State University
Indiana University
Lewis & Clark College
Southern Oregon University
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Central Arkansas
University of Waterloo
Yale University

Additional Partners

Yes Prep
Michigan State University
Stanford University
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Texas at Austin

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FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces Over $240 Million in New STEM Commitments at the 2015 White House Science Fair  

President Obama announces over $240 million in new private-sector commitments to inspire and prepare more girls and boys – especially those from underrepresented groups – to excel in the STEM fields.

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Further Reading

Yeager & Walton, 2011