Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education


Department of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Rosalind Goodrich

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Gollery

Third Advisor

Dr. Sarah Yates


The purpose of this study was to understand the impact of campus involvement, specifically high impact practices, on college student thriving. This single institution quantitative study was conducted at a mid-sized Christian university in the southeastern region of the U.S. Using preexisting data, a predictive analysis was conducted via multilinear regression techniques. Through evaluating college student participation in high-impact practices (HIPs), in addition to “alternative engagement indicators,” as independent variables and college student thriving, using the Thriving Quotient, as the dependent variable there were several notable findings. When considering “alternative engagement indicators”, three of the 11 included in the study were predictive of student thriving: campus events, community service, and religious services. As for specific high-impact practices one out of the 10 practices demonstrated predictive power: service learning.