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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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measures the extent to which a student meaningfully processes information from class, expends effort thinking about concepts from coursework outside class, and is energized by what she is learning

“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.”