It’s simple: Just believe in students

Sara Goldrick-Rab
3 min readFeb 14

There’s a lot of talk these days about psychological safety and how it enhances employee retention. Workplace culture matters for productivity, and certainly places a leading role in turnover. So the leading companies are increasingly invested in figuring out ways to ensure that their employees feel valued, safe, and part of the team.

Not so much in higher education, an industry plagued by a culture of distrust.

Colleges and university administrators often mistake fear for leadership, expecting students and workers to simply fall in line…

Sara Goldrick-Rab

Author of Paying the Price, founder of the #RealCollege movement, the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, and Believe in Students