Educational Approach

OUR APPROACH TO STUDENT LEARNING

Using research from high-impact practices, student leadership competencies, and a T-shaped approach to student development, we believe that students need both a breadth of knowledge and a depth of expertise to thrive as dynamic leaders. By combining a T-shaped model with research-based student leadership competencies we engage students in leadership education across five learning domains.

The Center for Leadership fosters student learning and competency development across five learning domains to develop T-shaped student leaders.


INTRAPERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Knowledge of self, personal goal setting and purpose, and decision-making based on principles, values, and beliefs
  • Competencies: Reflection and application, self-understanding, personal values, personal contributions, scope of competencies, receiving feedback, self-development, initiative, functioning independently, follow-through, responsibility for personal behavior, ethics, responding to ambiguity,responding to change, resiliency, positive attitude, confidence, and excellence

INTERPERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Meaningful and healthy relationships; effective communication and collaboration skills
  • Competencies: Productive relationships,appropriate interaction, helping others,empathy, mentoring, motivation, others’ contributions, empowerment, providing feedback, supervision, collaboration,organizational behavior, group development, facilitation, and conflict negotiation

CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

  • Consideration and knowledge of diverse identities & perspectives; understanding of culture, privilege, and power
  • Competencies: Other perspectives, diversity, inclusion, and social justice

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

  • Individual and community well-being; responsibilities of an individual in a community; consideration of global perspectives and systems
  • Competencies: Power dynamics, creating change, others’ circumstances, social responsibility, and community involvement

PRACTICAL COMPETENCE

  • Skills for personal,professional, and academic success
  • Competencies: Research, systems thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation,developing original ideas, problem solving, decision making, listening, verbal communication, time management, non-verbal communication, writing, articulating a point of view, organization, and strategic planning (vision, goals, mission, and plan)

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