Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type



Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Carlos Contreras,

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

John Kellmayer

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Ana Gomez de Torres


This study was done to help understand how social emotional learning impacts student academics and performance for incoming freshmen college students. The study looks at students who have had some social-emotional learning versus those who have not had any social-emotional learning skills and if impacts them at a community college setting. Also, this study looked at the relationship between instructors and students and how instructors can play a positive role in student success. A student survey on incoming freshmen entering a community college was recorded along with instructor/professor interviews to get a better idea of student experiences and outcomes. The data supported that when instructors, faculty and professors work together in providing social emotional support, students perform better academically. The data supported those students who successfully receive social emotional support and are consistent with the support have a lower rate of failure or dropout. The evidence supported that those students who had social emotional learning even in high school or elementary school and continued to receive the support through college, did better than their counterparts.

Keywords: social-emotional support, students, retention, academic success

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