Vitality & Retention

UNT partners with PERTS (Project for Education Research that Scales) to implement Growth Mindset for College Students, an evidence-based program created by researchers at Stanford University and the University of Texas at Austin, to increase students’ academic motivation, resilience, and achievement. This intervention addresses the common misconception that intelligence is fixed. 

Students learn:
     •    Scientific evidence of the brain’s malleability
     •    The importance of effective academic strategies
     •    Specific actions that increase ability over time

In previous studies, Growth Mindset for College Students led to improved academic performance and persistence which led to higher student retention and graduation rates

UNT contributes to the Student Experience Project (SEP) Peer Learning Network supported by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The Peer Learning Network is a team of university leaders, faculty, researchers, and national education and improvement organizations committed to innovative, evidence-based practices that increase retention by transforming the college student experience and creating equitable learning environments.

As a participant of the SEP’s First Day Project, UNT works with other institutions of higher education to improve the messages and signals students receive on the first day of class to foster belonging, growth mindset, and purpose. The First Day Project is a national project that is one of the first of its kind and has the potential to positively impact the student experience and the academic outcomes with the creation of its First Day Toolkit. 

The First Day Toolkit provides several resources for reviewing and revising syllabi: Syllabus Revision Module, Syllabus Review Guide, and First Day Practices. Please contact for more information and/or access to these resources.