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Perspectives on Social and Emotional Learning in Tertiary Education SEL OECD

Millett, Catherine M.
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ETS Policy Information Center Report, ETS Research Report
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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Tertiary Instruction, Canada, Mexico, United States, Institutional Environment, Life Skills, Soft Skills, Career Readiness, Workforce Readiness, Academic Achievement, High School Students, College Students, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Higher Education


In addition to literacy and numeracy skills, social and emotional skills are increasingly recognized as being essential for success in school and beyond. This commentary paper summarizes the discussions from a 2018 seminar on social and emotional learning (SEL) in tertiary education in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The summary is framed through the lenses of competition, cooperation, and complementarity. While institutions of higher education compete for students, they cooperate by leveraging knowledge of how students succeed at a particular institution and they seek complementarity by recognizing that student/institutional fit may increase completion. Their shared goal is for students to succeed in getting to, through, and beyond tertiary education.

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