In an early version of the College Perspectives Program, which included more than 1,400 community college students during 2012-2014, the program:

  • Increased the rate at which students were enrolled full-time by over 15 percent
  • Increased the rate at which students earned credit in STEM courses by over 20 percent

Bolstered by these results, Stanford’s PERTS is expanding the College Perspectives Program to help community college students across the country make progress towards their degrees by developing a growth mindset towards their studies. PERTS will analyze the results of the program in what it says will be the largest study of its kind at community colleges.

“How can community colleges use growth mindset research to help their students? The College Perspectives Program is the best example yet of how this can be done,” said Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. “I’m excited to see the impact it will have on students’ mindsets and achievement.”

The College Perspectives Program helps students become resilient learners by supporting them develop growth mindsets and skills. This online program:

  • Targets key beliefs about the nature of intelligence, students’ motivation and engagement
  • Helps students reach their full potential by developing more adaptive beliefs that complement efforts to improve academic skills
  • Builds on past successful programs by tailoring materials to the needs and perspectives of community college students

The College Perspectives Program consists of two online training sessions that take a total of 60 minutes for each student to complete. There is no cost for community colleges to enroll and to make the program available to its students, though at least 1,000 students from each participating school must be enrolled.

For additional information about how your community college can participate in this study, please visit

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione