3 Types of College Friendships That Matter For Student Success

Anya Kamenetz, NPR | Mind/Shift, Nov 03, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Interesting summary of a new book from by Janice McCabe, a researcher at Dartmouth College, on the different types of networks students form in college or university. What's interesting is not the typology but the idea that your network of friends can, as the article says, drag you up or drag you down. "Among the students who said their close group of friends provided academic motivation and support, every one of them graduated. Among the ones who said they lacked this support and their friends distracted them from schoolwork, only half managed to graduate within six years." The usual caveat about sample sizes applies.

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