The focus of a series of articles in About Campus (Schreiner, 2010), thriving is defined as optimal functioning in three key areas that contribute to student success and persistence: academic engagement and performance, interpersonal relationships, and psychological well-being. Thriving students are not only succeeding academically, but are engaged in the learning process, investing effort to reach important educational goals, managing their time and commitments effectively, connected in healthy ways to other people, optimistic about their future, positive about their present choices, appreciative of differences in others, and committed to making a contribution to their community.
Thriving implies more than just surviving in the college environment; it conveys that a student is fully engaged intellectually, socially, and emotionally, and is experiencing a sense of psychological well-being that contributes not only to his or her persistence to graduation, but also to success in life (Schreiner, Pothoven, Nelson, & McIntosh, 2009).
Items on the survey also assess students’ levels of involvement on campus, sense of community, satisfaction with a wide variety of campus experiences, and such outcomes as their intent to graduate, perception that tuition is a worthwhile investment, and institutional fit.
The Thriving Quotient™ is an online survey available for any size institution, regardless of the number of student participants. All participating institutions will receive a complimentary copy of the national norms and their date in Excel or SPSS format. The institution-specific comparisons to the national norms and an executive summary of your institution’s results are available for a $200 fee.