Anti-Racism: CTC is committed to advancing anti-racist policies and ideas in all areas of higher education and within our organization. It is important that we as a community be explicit about our shared values and beliefs because no one should have to guess whether their leaders and colleagues see and condemn historical and ongoing racism. To read more about CTC’s commitment to anti-racism and racial justice, please visit this page.

COVID-19 Response: As the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus places unprecedented strain on colleges and universities, CTC is providing resources to help instructors and administrators support their students during this time of crisis. Please visit this page to access resources.

The College Transition Collaborative


CTC bridges research and practice to help colleges create learning environments that foster equitable student engagement and success. Our work helps schools understand how their students experience moments of transition or difficulty, and how psychologically attuned practices–messages, policies, behaviors, and programs–can convey to all students they are valued, respected, and can excel.

What's new with CTC?

Social Media

You can now follow along with CTC’s work and engage with us through our newly-created Twitter account and Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter at @CTCorg and on Facebook at @CollegeTransitionCollab to learn more about CTC’s mission, vision, the context in which we work, the projects in which we’re involved, and the progress we’re making as we strive to advance equity for students in higher education.

Publications

A social-belonging intervention benefits higher weight students’ weight stability and academic achievement Christine Logel, Joel M. Le Forestier, Eben B. Witherspoon,and Omid Fotuhi. Social Psychological and Personality Science. September 23, 2020.

A social-belonging intervention improves STEM outcomes for students who speak English as a second language
Jennifer LaCosse, Elizabeth A. Canning, Nicholas A. Bowman, Mary C. Murphy, and Christine Logel. Science Advances. October 2, 2020

A customized belonging intervention improves retention of socially disadvantaged students at a broad-access university
Mary C. Murphy, Maithreyi Gopalan, Evelyn R. Carter, Katherine T. U. Emerson, Bette L. Bottoms and Gregory M. Walton. Science Advances. July 15, 2020.


Announcements
CTC co-founders Mary Murphy and David Yeager, along with Carol Dweck, recently presented as a part of SXSW EDU 2020 Online! Their session focused on the future of educational research and how our knowledge about mindsets can be used to make lasting changes in teaching and learning contexts, and to reduce achievement disparities at scale.

If you missed this session, be sure to check it out via SXSW EDU On Demand on YouTube.

Millions of students begin college but never graduate.

Completion rates are especially low for students from structurally disadvantaged backgrounds, including students of color, low-income students, and first-generation college-goers. Research shows that the disparity in outcomes is partially attributable to how students make meaning of challenges and setbacks, based on many factors including lived experiences of inequity, the visible under-representation of others like them, and the messages sent by their environment.

CTC bridges research and practice to help more students reach their fullest potential.

How We Work

Rigorous R&D

We select areas of research based on school and student needs, ground our work in scientific theory, and rigorously assess everything we create across diverse contexts.

Collaborative Partnerships

We partner with researchers, administrators, educators, and practitioners across the higher education community to ensure the greatest potential for positive student impact.

Accessible Resources

We create evidence-based, cost-effective, and user-friendly tools and resources supporting practitioners to implement more psychologically attuned practices across the college journey.

Where We Focus

Sample Moments of Psychological Uncertainty Throughout College

  • Before College

    Do admissions messages convey to students that diverse students are valued on campus and that students can grow to belong in the college community and succeed?

  • Transition Into College

    Do welcome messages communicate that diverse kinds of students belong? Do messages around placement tests lead students to feel like they can succeed?

    CTC Project: Social-Belonging

  • "Sophomore Slump"

    How do gateway courses impact students' feelings of belonging or academic potential?

    How do psychological factors during college influence student success, persistence and degree completion?

    CTC Project: Student Experience

  • Throughout College

    How can schools help to foster positive intergroup relationships? How can schools foster the development of more diverse social networks?

  • Points of Difficulty

    Do communications about remedial coursework lead students to feel "dumb"? Do communications about academic setbacks communicate that faculty and the college care about their success and believe they can improve? Do communications about discipline infractions lead students feel like they don’t belong in college or can’t succeed?

    CTC Project: Academic Standing

  • Transition Out of College

    Do messages from career centers help students identify normal challenges in navigating the job market post college and finding a career path? Do messages about financial aid in and after college communicate warmth and support to low-income students?

Our Impact

110,000+
students reached by CTC-designed programs and practices
350+
colleges and universities implementing CTC-designed programs and practices
up to 40%
reduction in achievement gap

One of the things that’s really difficult when you’re on the ground in an institution is to do this work and know it’s working. To know what we’re doing has solid research behind it is priceless.

- Administrator at CTC Partner School

I know that maybe there will be rough patches in my transition to college life, but like with all newly introduced things, I will adjust and become comfortable. I'll learn from my mistakes and focus on the positive opportunities and experiences college life brings...I am confident I will eventually feel at home like many of the other college students and alumni before me.

- Student Response from CTC Program

Join Us

Implementing At Your School

CTC works with partner organizations to make tools, interventions, and programs widely available for colleges and universities. Click here for a summary of available resources, including student programs, toolkits for administrators, knowledge-sharing briefs, and scientific publications.

Partnership Opportunities

CTC partners with researchers, colleges and universities, and aligned organizations to design, test, and scale tools and interventions. If you are interested in working with the CTC on a future project, we encourage you to fill out our interest form to receive updates on upcoming opportunities, or send us an email.

Careers at CTC

Are you passionate about advancing educational equity, excited about bridging the gap between research and practice, and energized by the prospect of joining a dynamic, early stage organization? Click here to learn more about what it's like to work at the CTC and view open positions.

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