Thriving builds on the psychological well-being implied in (human) flourishing, but also encompasses elements critical to college students’ success: academic engagement, effort regulation, citizenship, openness to diversity, goal-setting, optimism, and self-regulated learning. Thriving students are fully engaged intellectually, socially, and emotionally. This is a view of student success that reinforces the bedrock of holistic development on which many colleges and universities were founded.
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“Thriving college students not only are academically successful, they also experience a sense of community and a level of psychological well-being that contributes to their persistence to graduation and allows them to gain maximum benefit from being in college.”