Relationships - IHE

Higher Education

Positive college student relationships with their peers and faculty/staff at institutions of higher education (IHE) can foster a sense of belonging, engagement, and beneficial outcomes among the student body.

Relationships are a key factor in students’ feelings of engagement. The more involved college students are with each other and with IHE faculty and staff, the more likely they are to achieve positive outcomes. Students who feel engaged are more likely to attend class, achieve better grades, and graduate on time.

IHEs can encourage staff to build supportive relationships with students, communicate with cultural and linguistic competence, understand and acknowledge the unique backgrounds of students, and help them successfully transition from high school to college.

Forming and fostering relationships was challenging during the height of COVID, with many students learning online. As a result, IHEs are renewing and heightening efforts to re-engage with students in person and help them attain their personal and educational goals.

Featured Resources

Opportunity Youth

Shares resources for reconnecting opportunity youth — young people who are between the ages of 16 to 24 years old and are disconnected from school and work.

Foster Care Transition Toolkit

Toolkit to help youth access the resources needed to successfully transition into adulthood, continue on to postsecondary education, and meaningful careers.

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U.S. Department of Education

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