Growth Mindset: How To Foster Enthusiastic Learning & Encourage Students To Set Goals


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Growth Mindset: How To Foster Enthusiastic Learning & Encourage Students To Set Goals


Mindset. You might have heard something about this term and Carol Dweck, the world-renowned Stanford University psychologist that discovered it:

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities. –

What makes “Growth Mindset” a popular new approach higher education? What does the research say about its success with college students? How can campuses work to recognize the power of this theory and develop principles for practice? This webinar will present a framework for examining mindset theory and related research. Together we will use TRPP (theory, research, principles, and practice) to foster an understanding of how a growth mindset is more conducive to achievement and goal setting than a fixed mindset. The Mindset theory and research of Carol Dweck and others will be explored and linked directly to the development of a set of principles for practice. Participants will leave with a toolbox of strategies for integrating the development of growth mindset on their campus.


  • Understand mindset theory and the distinction between growth and fixed mindsets
  • Examine the research related to mindset theory and its application to college students
  • Learn how to integrate theory and research related to Mindset in order to develop principles for practice
  • Develop at least one strategy for promoting a growth mindset in their students
  • Become aware of specific feedback techniques that promote a growth mindset
  • Apply growth mindset approaches with relevant case studies

Who Should Attend?

  • 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
  • Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Dean of Instruction
  • Faculty (full and part-time)
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • First Year Experience Coordinators
  • Retention Specialist