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Motivational Interviewing to Support the Goals of College Students


This practice report describes a higher education practice to support the aspiration of students while supporting their well-being. The use of Motivational Interviewing (MI), an evidence-based conversational style, in faculty-student conversations can meet the psychological needs of students in consideration of their self-determination. This approach is gaining interest in higher education practice and emerging within published literature. This report suggests goal attainment is a worthy outcome that aligns with MI, and provides a report of a small-scale pilot study. The advancement of school-based MI practices for college student development is encouraged. Implications, helpful and formative literature, and future research opportunities are provided.

Published: 2023-07-24
Issue:Online First
Section:Practice Reports
How to Cite
Blankenship, B. B. (2023). Motivational Interviewing to Support the Goals of College Students. Student Success.

Author Biography

Northern Arizona University
United States United States

Buck Blankenship is a dad, spouse, and an Associate Teaching Professor in the College of Education’s First Year Seminar program at Northern Arizona University. He is also a member of a newly formed MI in Higher Education International Think Tank - please contact for more information. His interests include pedagogical practices centered in student self-determination and supporting student success through individualized education.

Open Access Journal
ISSN 2205-0795