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About Michael J. Stebleton

Student persistence and low postsecondary graduation rates continue to be critical issues in higher education. Based on 2012 data from the National Center for Education Statistics, only 56% of male and 61% of female first-time, full-time students who sought a 4-year degree in fall 2004 successfully completed their degree at that institution within six years. These rates are often even lower for students from historically marginalized populations.
My name is Michael Stebleton, PhD, and I am an assistant professor at the University of Minnestoa-Twin Cities in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). I teach both undergraduate and graduate students.
Two central research questions guide my scholarly work: How do postsecondary educators, including faculty members and student affairs practitioners, promote success for students from underserved populations? How do educators effectively collaborate to help underserved college students persist towards degree attainment? The outcomes of my research provide practical tools for faculty and student affairs educators to promote engagement and shape decision-making that contribute to success for historically underserved student groups.
This site is divided into four main areas that encompass my research interests: student engagement and high-impact educational practices; immigrant college students and first-generation learners; student development and student affairs; and career development. Some of the articles and topics will overlap between area interests. I welcome comments, feedback, and dialogue on these important topics in higher education.


Present Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

college student engagement and persistence, belonging and satisfaction of college students, career development and career decision-making, and immigrant college students' experiences

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  • Multicultural student development theory
  • Practicum in teaching and learning
  • First-year inquiry
  • Ways of Knowing in the Social Sciences

Contact Information

253 Burton Hall
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
178 Pillsbury Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-2110 (office)


Student Engagement and High-Impact Practices (13)

Immigrant College Students & First-Generation Learners (8)

Student Development & Student Affairs (5)