Empowering Students to Develop an Academic Identity

Academic Identity

Empowering Students to Develop an Academic Identity

Academic identity refers to how students view themselves as learners and what they expect from their education. There are three primary components to academic identity:

  • Self-concept – How do I define myself?
  • Expectations – What do I want my future to look like?
  • Values – What values should guide me throughout my educational journey?

Why are these components important?

Students who have an established sense of self-concept, expectations, and values tend to perform better academically. In addition, students who develop an academic identity early in their college careers tend to stay at school longer.

 Why is academic identity important?

It helps us to understand who we are and what we want to achieve. It gives us confidence and self-esteem. It also makes us feel valued and respected. Academic identity is something that we can build upon over time.

How do we help students establish an academic identity?

We empower our students to become active participants in their own learning. We provide them opportunities to explore their interests and passions, build relationships with faculty members, and participate in community service activities.

How can we improve student engagement?

By helping students to connect with each other, engage in meaningful discussions about issues facing society today, and make connections between classroom concepts and real-world experiences.

How can we encourage students to remain engaged over time?

By allowing students to take ownership of their education and experience success. We offer students choices around courses, schedules, and majors. By encouraging students to find ways to balance their personal and professional lives, we hope to foster a lifelong passion for learning.

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