Towards a Relationship-Centered Approach in Higher Education: The Dynamic Student Development Metatheodel (DSDM)

  • Mark Allen Frederick Indiana State University
  • Pietro Sasso Monmouth University
  • William R Barratt Indiana State University
Keywords: college success, student development, metatheodel, DSDM


College success is often too simply measured as ultimate graduation and overlooks students' critical need for a perceived sense of affiliation and belonging to the collegiate community which develops self-identity as a college student and can result in a higher level of performance over the academic lifespan.  This article presents the Dynamic Student Development Metatheodel (DSDM) which was developed from common factors identified in multiple theories and models of human development, student development, and learning.  When intentionally employed, the DSDM can be expected to improve retention, persistence, and ultimate graduation, as well as improve students' academic and co-curricular experience.

Author Biographies

Mark Allen Frederick, Indiana State University
Mark Frederick holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology with specialites in career counseling and college student development.  He serves as a full-time lecturer and research associate at Indiana State University in the Department of Educational Leadership.
Pietro Sasso, Monmouth University
Pietro Sasso serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology, Educational Counseling, and Leadership at Monmouth University.
William R Barratt, Indiana State University
Will Barratt is an emeritus Professor in the Department of Educaitonal Leadership at Indiana State University where he taught in the area of Student Affairs in Higher Education.
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