Increasing student capacity for academic success, deeper learning and well-being

Title Increasing student capacity for academic success, deeper learning and well-being
Faculty/College/Unit VP Students
Status Active
Duration 3 Years
Initiation 04/01/2017
Project Summary

Research suggests that educational strategies that increase academic tenacity can positively impact student wellbeing, leading to deeper learning and improved academic success. This project will focus on promoting academic tenacity - specifically, social belonging, growth mindset, goal setting, and self-regulation. This project will promote students’ ability to thrive in rigorous academic environments by implementing and assessing various strategies tailored to learning environments in the Faculties of Law, Science, Arts, and Land and Food Systems. A collection of projects across these faculties will be informed by a current small TLEF project (, emerging research in higher education, and existing K-12 literature. Examples of strategies to be employed include changes to instructional practices, faculty and/or TA development, and wellbeing in the classroom. Evaluation of the project will determine outcomes of each strategy and help inform best practices both at UBC and in higher education in general.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 1: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Patty Hambler
Year 1: Funded Amount 79,964
Year 1: Team Members

Michael Lee, Senior Instructor, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine
Steven Barnes, Instructor and Assistant Head of Undergraduate Affairs, Psychology, Faculty of Arts
Karen Smith, Lecturer, Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science
Gulnur Birol, Director, Science Centre for Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Science
Diana Jung, Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects Coordinator - Wellbeing, Student Wellbeing Promotion
Katherine Moore, Student, Psychology, Faculty of Arts