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Creating Motivated Students in Higher Education: Social-Emotional Learning from EmpowerU

Challenging Curriculum for Challenging Times

Students of all ages have faced enormous challenges over the past few years. Even before the pandemic, a third of all students struggled with anxiety, depression, trauma or attention issues that made it difficult to focus, stay motivated and learn. A study measuring burnout among university-level students conducted at Ohio State in both 2020 and 2021 had startling results. In 2020, 40% of students reported symptoms of burnout; in 2021, that number rose to 71%. Seven in 10 students are experiencing low motivation, and their continued educational success is in question. A related report conducted by the McKinsey consulting firm found that resilience is the single largest predictor of future career success.

Social-Emotional Learning Approach

If resilience is such a defining factor for career success, it must be taught and reinforced to students at every age. While traditional coursework is essential, supplementing with resilience-based educational methods can give college students an edge in the world. In addition, colleges and universities that incorporate social-emotional curriculum can reduce feelings of depression and anxiety and prevent dropouts. With a social-emotional learning system, students learn strategies that help increase their focus, improve emotional wellbeing and build their educational resilience. Together, these factors it can help to improve student motivation and academic outcomes.

Further Resources

EmpowerU has pioneered the social-emotional approach to supplement core student curriculums in higher education. Contact EmpowerU today to learn more.