Belongingness Research Group


Judy Haas

Tracey Tardiff

Jim Street

Denise Lovin

Jennifer Shaffer

Alisa Frizzelle

Jennifer Prince

Jayne Dowdy – note taker

Pam Mitchem - chair

Final Report:

Belongingness Research Group Final Report


  1. Identify relevant literature related to issues of belongingness, mattering and marginality for college students.
  2. Collect local data regarding feelings of belongingness among students at Appalachian.
  3. Identify best-practice strategies to address findings from local data (i.e., benchmark against peer and UNC institutions).
  4. Develop a research paper to review literature and best practice related to belongingness.
  5. Develop recommendations for programming or practice based upon literature, local data, and best practices.

For more information about this subcommittee, or to provide suggestions, contact Chair, Pam Mitchem